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  • SpudmanWP
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    • Jan 2009
    • 5090

    2019 F-35 News and Discussion

    Welcome to 2019 and Happy New Year to ALL.

    For all of you who live in the Great State of Texas, you may soon show some of your pride by getting an F-35 License Plate.

    BY ANNA M. TINSLEY
    JANUARY 01, 2019 12:00 AM

    State Sen. Jane Nelson wants Texans to be able to keep that F-35 pride with them no matter where they go.
    Nelson, R-Flower Mound, has filed a bill requiring the state to create a license plate featuring the F-35 fighter jet which is built at Lockheed Martins plant in west Fort Worth along with the local motto: The Sound of Freedom.

    Texans would be able to buy this specialty license plate as they already may buy plates honoring everything from the military and colleges to Dr Pepper and sports teams such as the Dallas Cowboys if Senate Bill 240 is approved by the Texas Legislature in 2019.

    The F-35 is a significant point of pride for Senate District 12 where it is manufactured, said Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and the dean of the Tarrant delegation. It is crucial in our country's pursuit to promote and defend freedom around the globe and this legislation affirms Texas position as a hub for the aerospace industry.

    State lawmakers head back to work on Jan. 8 and will wrap up on May 27.

    If Nelsons proposal is approved, the license plates would be available some time after Sept. 1, 2019.
    https://www.star-telegram.com/news/l...223209865.html
    Last edited by SpudmanWP; 1st January 2019, 08:52.
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."
  • Scooter
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    • Jan 2000
    • 11757

    #2
    Why not....only problem is I don't live in Texas!
    F-35 Lightning II

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    • halloweene
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      • Jan 2012
      • 3867

      #3
      Some Belgium analysts already dubious about promised offsets from F-35 purchase...

      https://www.lecho.be/opinions/carte-.../10083694.html

      ...
      In addition, created in October 2016, the BELAG (Belgian Aeronautical Group) was called upon to contract the commitments of candidate sellers and to avoid regional disputes. Unlike BAe Systems, however, Lockheed Martin completely ignored BELAG,

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      • TomcatViP
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        • Nov 2011
        • 5638

        #4
        It is clear that the recent collapse of the Be gov could imply some dark skies ahead for the F-35 (no representation, no chorus of decision)). However with a network well established since the early 80's and the F-16 program, it will be dubious to think that LM will need BELAG advice to implement the promised offset.

        You don't rent a trainer if you know how to drive.
        Last edited by TomcatViP; 3rd January 2019, 12:38.

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        • halloweene
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          • Jan 2012
          • 3867

          #5
          It is not only that. How can anyone promise offset on a program structured on regular call for tenders? The analyst (honorary professor at war college) says that there is only vague promises. However, ha can be wrong.

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          • TomcatViP
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            • Nov 2011
            • 5638

            #6
            Preliminary Contracts were signed even before Dassault's
            Last edited by TomcatViP; 3rd January 2019, 18:49.

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            • SpudmanWP
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              • Jan 2009
              • 5090

              #7
              Governments are waking up to the fact that "guaranteed offsets" in the form of program related contracts only leads to cost increases. This was the main reason why the recent Japanese plans for more F-35 will NOT be produced locally but will instead come from the established F-35 line in Texas.
              "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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              • SpudmanWP
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                • Jan 2009
                • 5090

                #8
                F-35 takes out two air targets simultaneously

                Last year, an F-35 pilot fired two Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles at maneuvering drones in the air, bringing synchronized attack to a new level for the aircraft, using an integrated targeting sensor, called the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS).

                Two AMRAAMs had multiple targets - to shoot two airborne targets simultaneously. It was a complex set up that happened over the Pacific. They were shooting at drones, Lt. Col. Tucker Hamilton, F-35 Test Director, Edwards AFB, told reporters last year.
                I thought that this had already been done. Is this a case of a journalist just getting it wrong, this just being the fist time that it was actually demonstrated, or was it just the 1st time for the F-35?

                https://defensemaven.io/warriormaven...EivRmOxHMfbjA/
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                • Ozair
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                  • Oct 2015
                  • 786

                  #9
                  I thought that this had already been done.
                  At the bottom of the story is the following statement, "This Story first appeared last year and is being republished due to news value and reader request".


                  Like the National Interest Maven has a habit of reposting stories to increase the website hit count.

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                  • SpudmanWP
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jan 2009
                    • 5090

                    #10
                    Oh ffs.....

                    But my questions is still the same: Has any other platform demonstrated simultaneous A2A kills?
                    Last edited by SpudmanWP; 3rd January 2019, 20:49.
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                    • TomcatViP
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                      • Nov 2011
                      • 5638

                      #11
                      SpudmanWP : Offsets are not giveaway production lots (parts). Competition is still the main name of the game.
                      Last edited by TomcatViP; 3rd January 2019, 21:41.

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                      • Ozair
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                        • Oct 2015
                        • 786

                        #12
                        But my questions is still the same: Has any other platform demonstrated simultaneous A2A kills?
                        It has been done before operationally with the AIM-120,

                        While on a sortie over Bosnia on March 26th, 1999 during Operation Allied Force, Captain Jeffrey C. J. Hwang identified two aircraft in violation of Bosnian airspace and NATO peace-keeping directives. After spotting the aircraft on radar, Hwang and his wingman, Captain J. "Boomer" McMurray, turned deeper into Bosnian airspace and assumed a position of disadvantage both to determine the intent of the other pilots and to avoid a confrontation along the border. But the Serbian aircraft continued to close in on the F-15Cs and NATO forces on the ground. The F-15 pilots training then took over as he maneuvered to take a shot at the rapidly approaching aircraft. Both Hwang (flying a Lakenheath AFB (LN) F-15C S/N 86-0156) and his wingman (flying a Lakenheath AFB (LN) F-15C S/N 84-0014) fired AIM-120 missiles. Later investigation revealed only Hwangs two missiles had reached and destroyed the targets - two MiG-29s from the Serbian Air Force (one piloted by Major Slobodon Peric, who ejected safely; the other piloted by Captain First Class Radosavljevic, who was killed in action as a result).


                        Captain Hwang became the first pilot in combat aviation history to single-handedly and simultaneously destroy two enemy aircraft during a single intercept using radar-guided missiles. In recognition to his achievement, he was awarded the Mackay Trophy on September 14th, 2001 in Washington, D.C. The aircraft flying as Hwang's wingman during the shootdown (84-0014) later scored a kill during Operation Desert Storm. On March 20th, 1991, Captain John T. Donesky was credited with one Iraqi SU-22 kill with the same F-15 involved in this recording.
                        http://spotter-ssol.blogspot.com/201...mig-kills.html

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                        • SpudmanWP
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                          #13
                          Thanks for the history. Maybe the "new" part was that it was a passive sensor since they specifically mentioned EOTS?
                          "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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                          • Ozair
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                            • Oct 2015
                            • 786

                            #14
                            Thanks for the history. Maybe the "new" part was that it was a passive sensor since they specifically mentioned EOTS?
                            Probably the passive part given the dual kill above was done while in a TWS radar mode.

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                            • TomcatViP
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                              • Nov 2011
                              • 5638

                              #15
                              https://youtu.be/DaBzB10J2DE

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                              • eagle
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                                • Jan 2000
                                • 2286

                                #16
                                Captain Hwang became the first pilot in combat aviation history to single-handedly and simultaneously destroy two enemy aircraft during a single intercept using radar-guided missiles. In recognition to his achievement, he was awarded the Mackay Trophy on September 14th, 2001 in Washington, D.C. The aircraft flying as Hwang's wingman during the shootdown (84-0014) later scored a kill during Operation Desert Storm. On March 20th, 1991, Captain John T. Donesky was credited with one Iraqi SU-22 kill with the same F-15 involved in this recording.
                                Odd they found time to hand out awards on that date... turns out Hwang got the trophy in 1999.
                                Also didn't know the F-15 is capable of time travelling.
                                How can less be more? It's impossible. More is more.
                                Yngwie Malmsteen

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                                • TooCool_12f
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Dec 2009
                                  • 3279

                                  #17
                                  SpudmanWP simultaneous missile kills have been demonstrated some 40 years ago, as with the F-14 Tomcat


                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fNcGFNLPHE

                                  Happy New Year everybody, btw

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                                  • SpudmanWP
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Jan 2009
                                    • 5090

                                    #18
                                    The U.S. Navy is on track to reach critical milestones and declare its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters ready for combat next month.

                                    There have been no reported delays in the service's F-35C reaching initial operating capability (IOC) next month, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Chatmas told Military.com on Friday.

                                    The Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Integration Office "is confident in meeting milestones as planned," Chatmas said.

                                    While no official February date has been announced, the work "is still on target, still proceeding as planned," she said.

                                    Last month, the Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 "Argonauts" out of Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, completed a critical milestone aboard the USS Carl Vinson, a turning point in reaching IOC for the Navy's stealth jet.

                                    The "Argonauts" are slated to become the service's first operational F-35Csquadron. Once IOC ready, VFA-147's first deployment is scheduled aboard the Vinson in 2021.
                                    https://www.military.com/defensetech...ext-month.html
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                                    • SpudmanWP
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                                      • Jan 2009
                                      • 5090

                                      #19
                                      F-35 Demo practice

                                      "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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                                      • SpudmanWP
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Jan 2009
                                        • 5090

                                        #20
                                        First Female Air Force F-35 Test Pilot Marks Mission Milestone

                                        Maj. Rachael Winiecki, of the 461st Flight Test Squadron, recently became the first female test pilot to lead an F-35 mission at Edwards Air Force Base, California, according to the service.

                                        Winiecki, who's flown the A-10C Thunderbolt II and F-16 Fighting Falcon on various missions, is part of a team overseeing developmental testing of all F-35variants, which began last month at the base.

                                        "I may be the first female developmental test pilot [in the F-35], but [test pilots] are just one small part of the test enterprise," she said in the release.
                                        More at the JUMP
                                        https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/201...milestone.html
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