Since when is he a SME on the F-35? Seems he can't be messaged eitherScreenshot attached of Eric L Palmer's latest Twitter comment from the unhinged world of APA F-35 lunacy.
Poor Eric, it seems to have taken a toll on his friendships.
Quite something for him to claim SME status, but in APA world reality and fantasy aren't two distinct entities.
New rack adds two missiles to US F-35s - Australian Defence MagazineAustralian Defence Magazine
16 May 2019
Lockheed Martin has developed a new weapons rack for US Air Force F-35As and US Navy F-35Cs that allows the aircraft to carry two additional AIM-120 air-to-air missiles.
The ‘Sidekick’ rack replaces the two existing racks inside the F-35 variants, bringing the total number of missiles carried per plane to six. The two new internal weapons add weight but do not compromise the stealth of the aircraft, unlike extra missiles that the F-35 can currently carry on external mounts.
Test pilot Tony Wilson told US media that the Sidekick was developed within Lockheed Martin. It is not compatible with the vertical take-off F-35B variant operated by the US Marine Corps.
It's done - deal closed after pitch. The flyaway price of the F-35A will drop below US$80 million one year earlier than planned.Lockheed have pitched a F-35A price to the Pentagon that is under US$80 million per aircraft, for a multi Lot purchase. This is Lots 12 - 14 comprising of approximately 450 aircraft.
Price Drop: Lockheed Pitches $80M F-35A to Pentagon
It's no wonder Singapore announced in March 2019, that Singapore would buy 4 with an option for 8. This makes sense, as Mindef would only exercise the option, if the the price is right (as visibility on this reduced price was not certain, at that time).
It's done - deal closed after pitch. The flyaway price of the F-35A will drop below US$80 million one year earlier than planned.
On 10 June 2019, Pentagon acquisition czar Ellen Lord announced a US$34B agreement for F-35 Low Rate Initial Production Lots 12-14 that will see the delivery of 478 F-35 aircraft, including 157 for Lot 12 (see: $34B = Biggest Procurement In History As Lockheed, DoD Handshake Deal for 478 F-35s). Lord said in the statement that the Pentagon will reap an estimated 8.8 percent in savings from Lot 11 to Lot 12 for F-35A’s, and an average of 15 percent reduction “across all variants from Lot 11 to Lot 14.”
IMO this price is only possible with Tokyo adding 63 F-35A models, as well as 42 F-35B models, for a total of 147 F-35 fighters in Dec 2018. This large order in 2018 makes Japan second to the US in terms of procured F-35s, with the UK (138 total fighters) now third.
And that is before you consider the likes of SACM or LREW - missiles that are also in the pipeline AFAIK. Definitely an interesting suite of weapons starting to emerge for the F35 as time goes on.Great news, it did seem a bit out-of-place imagining F-35 conducting SEAD with external AARGM-ER. Making the F-35 a six-shooter certainly helps offset the reduced number of platforms in the sky.
Also useful that the AIM-260 plans have the same profile as AIM-120, so it won't be a case of '4 of that or 6 of these'.
https://aviationweek.com/combat-aircraft/bae-systems-wins-major-f-35-electronic-warfare-upgradeBAE Systems Wins Major F-35 Electronic Warfare Upgrade
Electronic warfare has emerged as the new focus of a larger, multiyear $10 billion makeover of the Lockheed Martin F-35.
Ending a yearlong negotiating process that involved discussions with potential alternative suppliers, Lockheed has selected BAE Systems to deliver a package of upgrades under the Block 4 program to the ASQ-239 electronic warfare/countermeasures subsystem, both companies announced on Aug. 21.
- New upgrade preceded by recent technology insertion
- Block 4 could expand frequency band coverage, add cognitive capability...
...BAE also announced the insertion of a critical new technology into the ASQ-239 to help pave the way for future Block 4 upgrades. In addition to a towed decoy, multiple apertures, and the dispensers and controller for radio-frequency and infrared countermeasures, the ASQ-239 also includes technique generators—called Rack 2A and Rack 2B—to counter electronic threats.
BAE has now inserted the DTIP system into the ASQ-239 to upgrade Racks 2A and 2B. The acronym DTIP is a combination of two other acronyms: DCRTG, for the Digital Channelized Receiver/Techniques Generator, and TIP, for the Tuner Insertion Program. The combination results in a centralized electronic warfare processor that is more powerful, yet smaller. As a result, the DTIP will allow Lockheed to commission BAE to deliver new capabilities under Block 4.
This is likely old news but I was impressed today reading how the F35 can accommodate up to 4 x GPS guided SDB1's per weapons bay (I assume with still room for a single Air to Air missile internal per bay.)The F-35 weapons bay is being modified to allow internal carriage of the Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER). The mod will also allow for the carriage of an extra 2 AIM-120 AAM. This mod is expectect to be completed by July 2022.
Typical Fox Fake News. The process is to be used to strengthen vulnerable bulkheads etc, nowhere does it state (other than in a Fox Reporters mind) that it has anything to do with the "Skin" of the aircraft. The process being used on only F35b and F35c is a give away that it has nothing to do with the "Skin."F-35 set for laser boost
This article comes from Fox news so Im not sure of content value but its details are interesting in the claim to use a laser finish in the future on the skin of the ircraft in America to improve finish and lifespan ?, would members here be able to comment on this ,and would aircraft assembled using this technique considering that many of the parts of this aircraft come from other participating countries in the program and are not produced locally would this be just good Q.A