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The British take a second look at how many F-35 Fighters they will buy….

The cutting-edge F-35 fighter jet.

The orignal announcement was for 138 of the Lockheed Joint Fighters….

But cost estimates, as they will, have moved higher for the program….

The Brit’s will have 17 of the jets in their hands by the end of next year, but the overall buy may shrink down to just 48 a/c to go the countries aircraft carriers….

Britain appears to be scaling back its F-35 ambitions as officials reassess the country’s defense plans.

The 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR) reconfirmed the UK’s commitment to its full complement of 138 F-35s over the lifetime of the Joint Strike Fighter program. But now, just two years on, the language of defense chiefs is changing.

Lt. Gen. Mark Poffley, the deputy chief of the UK defense staff, told a parliamentary defense committee on Nov. 21 that he was “sympathetic” to the idea that the overall number of F-35s being purchased by Britain could fall, saying “this was the reality of the world we are living in.”

Poffley said the UK had “in principle committed to 138,” but had contracted for 48 jets. He added that there was no recourse to “adjust those numbers.”

Members of parliament have been attempting to shine a light on F-35 costs in a series of hearings. The defense ministry has so far released costs for fleet operations “with a degree of precision,” according to Stephen Lovegrove, the defense ministry’s most senior civil servant, up until 2025. It has also provided cost estimates for a 48-strong fleet for up to 2048.

The F-35s are expected to cost around £9.1 billion ($12.1 billion) up to 2025 and to around £13 billion in 2048.

The £9.1 billion figure includes Britain’s contribution to the System Development and Demonstration program and its 48 aircraft, as well as support and infrastructure costs.

A defense ministry spokesman said “our plan to buy 138 F-35 jets over the life of the program has not changed, with only the U.S. planning to buy more aircraft.”…



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The Pentagon signs off on 71 More F-35 Fighters for the US, GB, Italy and Australia starting next year.

BF-02 performing STO's and VL's on USS Wasp LHD-1; Test Pilot was LtCol Matthew KellyFlight #:122The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement for the next two F-35 Lightning II aircraft production contracts, called Low-Rate Initial Production, or LRIP lots 6 and 7, according to an F-35 Joint Program Office statement.

The deal is is expected to include 71 JSF stealth fighter aircraft and continue a reduction in F-35 aircraft pricing. The contracting effort spanned six months from proposal to settlement, the statement indicated. ….


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Japan Will buy F-35’s…

Making them the 9th Country to buy the Lockheed Martin Fighter along with the US Air Force, Navy and Marines…

From Bloomberg…

Japan Awards Jet Fighter Contract to Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 fighter jet. Source: Lockheed Martin Corp. via Bloomberg

Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) won a contract from Japan to supply F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the aircraft’s first win in a competitive tender.

The U.S. contractor will build 42 of the planes for Japan, Defense Minister Yasuo Ichikawa told reporters in Tokyo today. He declined to comment on the cost of the contract. The F-35 was shortlisted againstBoeing Co. (BA)’s F-18 Super Hornet and Eurofighter GmbH’s Typhoon.

The deal comes as the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il spurs uncertainty about stability on the Korean peninsula, where 1.7 million troops from North Korea, South Korea and the U.S. are stationed. Japan, which has the world’s sixth-largest defense budget, has been upgrading air defenses as North Korea improves its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons program, and as both Russia and Chinadevelop stealth fighters.

“From now on, we really have to think about distances and air force strength in Northeast Asia,” said Hideshi Takesada, a professor of international relations at Seoul’s Yonsei University. “This decision reflects the need for stealth and long-distance combat capabilities.”

The timing of the announcement wasn’t related to Kim’s death, Takesada said….


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Japan will buy F-35’s?

If anyone of you out there thought the Pentagon was gonna cancel this program….

You were on crack….

From Defense Tech….

Here’s some very good news for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Japan is signalling that it may become the next country to sign up to buy the plane.

The island nation had been considering replacing its ancient fleet of F-4 Phantoms and newer F-15s with the Eurofighter Typhoon, F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and finally the F-35. According to news reports from Japan, Tokyo is set to choose the F-35 this week.

Per Rueters:

Japan will likely pick Lockheed Martin’s F-35 jet as its next frontline fighter, media reported on Tuesday, which may help end six decades of isolation for the country’s defense contractors and bolster its military against growing Chinese might.

The government will choose between two U.S. models — the F-35 and the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet — and Europe’s four-nation Eurofighter Typhoon, at a meeting of the national security council on Friday, the Nikkeibusiness daily said.

The date of the planned meeting could not be confirmed with government officials and chief cabinet spokesman Osamu Fujimura said no decision had been made. The Pentagon’s F-35 program office also said it had not received any word from Japan.

Analysts say the purchase is potentially worth $8 billion.

This move makes sense given the United States’ recent decision to pivot its military and diplomatic attention to the far east.  Remember, Japan, one of the U.S.’ most important allies, is concerned about China’s rapidly growing military. Buying the same jet that will be the backbone of  the U.S.  fighter fleet will only help in any joint-operations with the U.S.


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About the UK Wikileaks Sub missle story……and our ‘Special Relationship’ with the Brit’s….

Ok……Dave over at the Oligarch Kings runs my adopted brother site….
I just featured his piece on the Wikileaks START UK missile thing ….

In the cables the UK finds out that the US had offered to give the Russian’s the serial numbers off the Lockheed Trident missile that the British Vanguard Class ‘Boomer’

( Missile ) subs carry…..To get a deal with the Russians…..

The Brit’s said ‘no way’…..(for info on the British nuke view…here…)

This got me REALLY interested in this so I did some digging…….

HMS Vanguard is Britain’s lead Trident-armed submarine. The US, under a nuclear deal, has agreed to give the Kremlin the serial numbers of the missiles it gives Britain (Photo: TAM MACDONALD)

Here’s the link for the British Daily Telegraph piece that indicated that President Obama will go ahead and give the Russian’s information on the US built Trident II missiles….

a sinipit of the piece…..

Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.

Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”

The British have publicly announced that they have around 200 US Trident II missle’s….The misslie’s are by Lockheed Martin…They are sold or transferred to the British per an agreement that had to have US approval……The Missle’s are the same that are onboard US Ohio class submarines…..Except British subs carry 16 missiles while US subs carry 24…..

The United States has NOT given the Russian’s any information about the subs, the missile’s or their patrol area’s…….(I’m sure the Russian’s know a bit about this )

President Obama has said from the beginning that the START Treaty was of supreme importance to him from the beginning of his Administration….

This action is NOT un-expected…

The British have always tried to keep the number of missile secret but not any longer…

The Daily Telegraph gives the missile number as 160 active missile’s….

One must understand that the US does indeed have a unique relationship with our cousins the British…(The US is now going to supply the British with 3 0r 4 ‘\’Rivet Joint\’ Aircraft…The US has not shared that technology with any other nation, The British F-35’s will have more advanced equipment and software than any other country )

There is simply no way President Obama would have agreed to the final deal without at least a reluctant ok from the British….

I do not believe anything else….

As I have written this post in response to my friend Dave Macadam with good intentions

The US and UK continue to maintain a warm, strong and vital friendship and alliance….(British and American sailors serve on each others ships from time to time)

From time to time their will be differences of opinion …but the US and the UK are partners ….

I can only hope Wikileaks and the media attention will not break that bond……

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F-35 Flights Suspended……

More trouble for the troubled fighter jet.……

Flight tests of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter have been suspended following the discovery of issues with fuel-system software on all variants and with a door hinge on the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing (Stovl) version.

The Defense Department says flights are suspended temporarily pending modification of software that controls the engine’s three fuel boost pumps. Incorrect signal sequencing that could trigger a shut-down of all three pumps was discovered in the laboratory.

Manufacturer Lockheed Martin originally said flights were restricted to below 10,000 ft., the altitude below which boost pumps are not required, but the Pentagon says all flights were suspended earlier this week as a “routine” safety precaution.

Flights in Stovl mode were suspended last week after post-flight inspection revealed an issue with the auxiliary-inlet door hinge on test aircraft BF-1. Efforts to find the root cause of the hinge problem and identify a solution continue.

A fix for the fuel-pump issue has been identified and is being tested. Software modified to correctly align the pump sequencing is to be loaded on to aircraft at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., and Edwards AFB, Calif., test centers beginning Oct. 5.

“The impact to the flight test schedule is unknown at this time,”…..More….

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