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Thread: 2018 F-35 News and Discussion

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    Titanium.. Yeah who supply US with over 40% Titanium?

    Oh thats right, Mordor in the East.

    Anyone wonder why US is hard at work trying to divercify their Titanium demand
    Last edited by haavarla; 21st April 2018 at 22:32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haavarla View Post
    Titanium.. Yeah who supply US with over 40% Titanium?

    Oh thats right, Morder in the East.

    Anyone wonder why US is hard at work trying to divercify their Titanium demand
    ? I’m not following your logic here?

    There is a difference between top producers and reserves. Why buy titanium from Russia? It’s cheap, that’s how the global marketplace works. Not exactly a rare resource that gives strategic leverage.

    Anyway, somewhat irrelevant to the conversation here, no?

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    Defense specific use of Titanium in the US is a very small percentage of the overall use. GAO points to 70% of all Titanium use in the US being for the Aerospace sector and only 15% of that being for defense related activity. That said, Russian titanium is used by the US, either procured by the defense suppliers directly or via one of the preferred nations who are open to procure it from a third party source. Large A&D companies however maintain their own strategic reserves and they along with the DOD have plans and contingencies incase they need alternate sources. I do agree that the original post regarding it had absolutely nothing to do with this thread...
    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    First pilots of the first USN Operational squadron (VFA-147 "Argonauts") conduct their first flight. IOC window for the F-35C is late 2018 0 early 2019.

    https://twitter.com/flynavy/status/988813039364263936
    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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    One USMC F-35 made Emergency landing to JASDF Tsuiki AB Japan.
    Whatever the issue was, it was not bad enough to force an immediate engine shutdown as the F-35B drove itself off the runway.
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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    This click-bait appeared on the News thread

    The F-35 has a basic flaw that means an F-22 hybrid could outclass it — and that's a big problem

    This line is BS
    The new fighter could force the US into a tough decision about the future of the F-35.
    If anything, it would for PCA & F/A-XX to the left. It would not affect the F-35 buy at all.

    He added that Japan would love a jet that can fire anti-ship missiles, but that the F-35 is just too small to hold them inside its stealthy weapons bays.
    Guess he has never heard of JSOW or JSM. The F-22's bay is smaller than the F-35's. Does he think that the F-22/35 hybrid will mount LRASM sized missiles internally? Besides, LRASM has the range to be fired from well below the horizon so wing-mounted AShMs will not be an issue.

    In the end, the US Air Force would end up in a very difficult position — having to live with Japan getting a better fighter, or spending money earmarked for F-35s, which the US sees as the future of its force, on another aircraft it didn't come up with.
    Wrong. The F-35 is replacing the F-16/18 & Harrier. Like I said earlier, this is an issue for PCA et al to deal with.
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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    I doubt this aircraft will come to fruition but all it would mean is an excellent opportunity for the USAF to buy new fighters to complement the limited number of F-22s and replace remaining F-15C/D while PCA is in the works. It shouldn't affect the F-35 buy at all although naturally some foolish politicians will probably try to make it an issue.

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    Guess he has never heard of JSOW or JSM. The F-22's bay is smaller than the F-35's. Does he think that the F-22/35 hybrid will mount LRASM sized missiles internally? Besides, LRASM has the range to be fired from well below the horizon so wing-mounted AShMs will not be an issue.
    JSOW and NSM are too light to be very efficient vs large ships. And will not happen before (planned) F4

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    JSOW & JSM are perfectly fine for frigate/destroyer sized targets (especially since they have target discrimination & aim-point control) and OTH LRASM et al can be used on anything larger.
    "The early bird gets the worm but the second mouse gets the cheese."

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    Heavier missiles like the LRASM also come with additional range which kind makes their integration on the F-35 redundant. I expect the same for NGLAW if an air launched offshoot emerges. For the US Navy, there will be double if not more the number of F-18E/Fs to launch the OSUW or LRASM so no need to think of anything beyond the JSOW or JSM class for the F-35. For others, they can just integrate longer ranged, heavier, stand off weapons externally as SO affords you that ability.
    Old radar types never die; they just phased array

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