An interesting interview with F35 test pilot Billy Flynn.
Hell of a career he's had, that's for sure!
Hell of a career he's had, that's for sure!
Defense-aerospace are long term, well known F-35 haters.Some F-35 Cost analysis drawn from the Norwegian defence budget and looking at some Finland requests and some UK costs, covering things like procurement, integration of weapons, base costs, training etc.
I guess Giovanni got a loan from some anti F-35 group to restart his website. Hadn’t realized until today the site is active again.Defense-aerospace are long term, well known F-35 haters.
Over the years they’ve written many stories with their anti F-35 twist added.
Yes they are active again.Over the years they’ve written many stories with their anti F-35 twist added.
If they're getting them for that I want some of that action.Yes they are active again.
Looks like he is surprised that "fly away costs" are different from actual operating costs.
However, the Finnish budget does seem a bit thin and ambitious. 64 F-35A's for $12.5b seems like an absolute steal if its doable.
Looks as if it's "pay for almost everything" now - 299 euros for an individual subscription. I thought he was good at finding interesting news & if you ignored the opinions the site was worth looking at for that, but certainly not worth £250 a year!I guess Giovanni got a loan from some anti F-35 group to restart his website. Hadn’t realized until today the site is active again.
Agree there was some decent content at times but at £250 a year, that’s like hearing a starting pistol, run!Looks as if it's "pay for almost everything" now - 299 euros for an individual subscription. I thought he was good at finding interesting news & if you ignored the opinions the site was worth looking at for that, but certainly not worth £250 a year!
Hasn't been updated for quite a while now. I think they have lost the will the fight. Last updates were ~2016 I think..There are definitely cheaper ways to be misinformed about the F35. IIRC APA's website is still up, and quite free to use.
I think they have re-branded via the Best Fighter For Australia Facebook page. Agree that it's all fairly meaningless now - their favourite hobby horse (the F22) was fielded in penny packets, is out of production and staring down the barrel of replacement, while the RAAF's F35 fleet is a fait accompli. All that remains for them to run on is concentrated bitterness ;-pHasn't been updated for quite a while now. I think they have lost the will the fight. Last updates were ~2016 I think..
Obviously in an Australian context, there is no point of fighting the F-35 acquisition, they are here, delivered, operational.
The greatest threat to F-35's acquisitions now are from unmanned platforms. But IMO I see those as more complimentary than replacement.
2. Affordability concerns are a constant for Singapore, as it affects the total fighter fleet size we can afford. The 2020 JPO estimate of the F-35A sustainment cost per tail per year in steady state is USD7.8 million, up from the USD7.1 million cost estimate in 2018. The F-35A affordability constraint for sustainment cost per tail per year is USD4.1 million, representing a gap of USD3.7 million between projected cost and affordability constraint. THAT IS BAD news from a sustainment perspective. USAF officials told the GAO "[its] only available remaining options ... are to reduce the total number of F-35A aircraft they plan to purchase, or to reduce the aircraft’s planned flying hours."Q: Why do you think Singapore delayed buying the F-35B for so long (and that the contract signed is limited to 4 F-35Bs with an option for 8 more)?
I would speculate the in 2026, Singapore is likely to receive block 4.2 or 4.3 aircraft, when the 1st four are delivered.
I would be very surprised if LM would sell 1000 software upgrades at the same price as 2000. but perhaps the development price is independent of the number of installs, a rarity in the software vendor universe.Fleet size would not affect total software development costs without affecting the software itself. Software cost overruns are very common in general and not a reason for concern on such an important project.
True, at the end of day, someone at LM had to cost the development out and decide on a price which would be the same no matter what the number of jets is. Spending 5 billion upgrading 2000 jets looks better than 5 billion on 1000 jets, the electorate likes the appearance of value for money.I am not familiar with who the IP owner is. Ultimately, we are talking about different things, as price per unit vs total development cost.