Thursday, October 30, 2014

Marine makin' hot-cakes

LOL !!!!

This Marine...

Has ensured that the spirit of The Corps... will live another 100 years.

Short video.

Secret Service Agent: "What kind of art do you do?"

Sabo: "Oh, political art, like right here, I'm doin' a toilet seat, so that when I need to take a shit, I do it in a proper place. They sell like hot-cakes. They're goin' out for Christmas."

Secret Service Agent: "Sure, I bet."


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Home-made S-2

S-2 the hard way... and other failures.


The 1-17's soldiers said their train-up was also marked by an absence of good intelligence on what they would be facing in the Arghandab. In their zeal to give their men some insight into their future area of operations, noncommissioned officers such as Staff Sgt. Matthew T. Sanders, 1st Squad leader in Charlie Company's 1st Platoon, resorted to printing out information on the Arghandab region from the Long War Journal, a respected non-Defense Department Web site, and posting it on bulletin boards.

"We made our own little S-2 because we weren't getting anything from the S-2 [intelligence directorate]," Sanders said.


USMC F-35B IOC...

The Marine's 2015 IOC for the F-35 may see delay.

Surprised?

Defense Industry Daily has an opinion on it too.

Recent discoveries of structural cracking, and GAO reports re: software development, suggest that even using the new jets for full-scale training by then could be a challenge. Limited-capability Block 2B software is the best they can hope for, and it’s already significantly behind. The F-35B’s “combat capability” at IOC may end up being flatly untrue, and its best realistic case might be as a mere paper tiger. Korean-War vintage F-9 Cougar jets would be “combat capable,” too, in the sense that they could take off, land, and fire weapons. That isn’t an adequate standard for entrusting them with the safety of an MEU in 2016.


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-Time's Battleland - 5 Part series on F-35 procurement - 2013 
-Summary of Air Power Australia F-35 points
-Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week and the F-35
-U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) F-35 reports
-F-35 JSF: Cold War Anachronism Without a Mission
-History of F-35 Production Cuts
-Looking at the three Japan contenders (maneuverability)
-How the Canadian DND misleads the public about the F-35
-Value of STOVL F-35B over-hyped
-Cuckoo in the nest--U.S. DOD DOT&E F-35 report is out
-6 Feb 2012 Letter from SASC to DOD boss Panetta questioning the decision to lift probation on the F-35B STOVL.
-USAFs F-35 procurement plan is not believable
-December 2011 Australia/Canada Brief
-F-35 Key Performance Perimeters (KPP) and Feb 2012 CRS report
-F-35 DOD Select Acquisition Report (SAR) FY2012
-Release of F-35 2012 test report card shows continued waste on a dud program
-Australian Defence answers serious F-35 project concerns with "so what?"
-Land of the Lost (production cut history update March 2013)
-Outgoing LM F-35 program boss admits to flawed weight assumptions (March 2013)
-A look at the F-35 program's astro-turfing
-F-35 and F-16 cost per flying hour
-Is this aircraft worth over $51B of USMC tac-air funding?
-Combat radius and altitude, A model
-F-35A, noise abatement and airfields and the USAF
-Deceptive marketing practice: F-35 blocks
-The concurrency fraud
-The dung beetle's "it's known" lie
-F-35's air-to-air ability limited
-F-35 Blocks--2006 and today
-The F-35B design is leaking fuel
-F-35 deliveries
-ADF's wacky F-35 assumptions
-Gauging performance, the 2008 F-35, Davis dream brief
-Aboriginal brought out as a prop
-Super Kendall's F-35 problem
-LM sales force in pre-Internet era
-History of F-35 engine problems
-Compare
-JSF hopes and dreams...early days of the Ponzi Scheme
-The Prognostics
-2002--Australia joins the F-35 program

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dare to Compare --- M1A2 Abrams SEP versus Vickers Mk.VII!

Very informative....


Dare to Compare --- M1A2 Abrams SEP versus Vickers Mk.VII!


Tiger helicopter on death watch?




Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) has an interesting scoop on the defective Tiger helicopter program.

"While the Department of Defence is a long way from deciding to get rid of their Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters, this is now a possibility unless their availability is dramatically improved."


Consider those words as you see fit. "Availability" and the Tiger helicopter have been, to-date, incompatible.

Or as a an observer of these kinds of things emailed me:

"Have a look at this , it appears the Tiger will never work."


H/T-SR


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-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - cost per flying hour over the last budget year
-Tiger savaged by Navy League of Australia
-Tiger helicopter update


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-New Defence White Paper fails to address Australia's core security needs
-2009 Defence White Paper Fantasy
-Analysing "The ADF Air Combat Capability- On the Record"
-Find out who is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer mess
-Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed
-New DMO Boss warns the staff that business as usual is over
-How dangerous is the Defence Material Organisation to our Defence Industry?
-Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology
-More on the dud-jamming gear Defence wants to buy
-ADF cost per flying hour
-I will wipe out bullying vows new Defence chief (Houston 2005)
-Vacancy
-Put Vol 2 Report of DLA Piper Review into the light of day
-Rory and Jim
-Parasitism as an Abstraction for Organizational Dysfunctions
-Hobart-class "Air Warfare Destroyer" to be fielded with obsolete radar guidance technology
-The Decay Of Critical Military Thinking And Writing-With Particular Reference To The RAAF
-Newspaper guy gets it right about sub project.... big time
-The great M-1 tank myth
-*UPDATE* Fear and loathing in Canberra - Audit released on MRH-90 helicopter project 
-RAN bullies contractor over Collins sub replacement
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - Star-ranks
-Air Warfare Destroyer -- Billions, not millions over budget
-Australia's M-1 tanks are... a downgrade compared to what it had
-Weak links put on rubber-stamp Defence panel
-Stop the nonsense (Collins-class submarine replacement)
-Insert Joke Here
-Tyranny of distance--Long, drawn out helicopter projects are unsustainable

The problems with the U.S. Army Stryker

There is  misinformation in this (PDF file) about Strykers in Afghanistan 2009. (1st Tactical Studies Group - Airborne --Facebook--found this today). I had never seen it.

Here is an example of the misinformation. I would expect better from someone that considers them-self a historian.



Compare to this library of Stryker information. Warning...it will take you a long time to go through all the chapters.

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 1: Introduction

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 2: Protection (Part 1 of 8)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 3: Mobility (1/6)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 4: Firepower (Part 1 of 3)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 5: Air Mobility (Part 1/3)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 6: Logistics (Part 1/8)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 7: The IAV Minimum Requirements (Part 1 of 6)

The REAL Styryker! Chapter 8: The "Mobile" Gun System (Part 1/9)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 9: Urban Warfare (Part 1 of 3)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 10: Who else uses Strykers? (Part 1 of 8)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 11: The Raw Numbers (Part 1 of 3)

The REAL Stryker, Chapter 12: Fun Stryker Facts! (Part 1/4)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 13: Stryker Vs. "The Bomb"! (Part 1/4)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 14: A Mosul Story (Part 1 of 2)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 15: Stryker History Lesson #1 --- GM100 (Part 1 of 3)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 16: Vaporware (Part 1 of 4)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 17: History Lesson 2 --- the NZLAV (Part 1 of 4)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 18: MORE Fun Stryker Facts! Part (1/10)

The REAL Stryker! Chapter 19: Eco-Debacle (Part 1/3)

Reader comments

Via Blacktail in another post in regard to B-52 upgrades...


Blacktail

As it happens, the USAF initiated a program in the mid-1970s to re-engine the B-52 fleet, but Rockwell --- who was trying to sell the B-1A Excalibur at the time --- quickly put an end to that.
The B-1 Lobby put in a few calls to a few USAF higher-ups, and soon after Boeing received a phone call stating. According to The Wild Blue Yonder, a book about the conception, development, and procurement of the B-1 (buy that book!), a USAF official told Boeing, "You have a lot of projects with the Air Force. Stop pushing that B-52 proposal. We need a new bomber".
Boeing then dutifully terminated the B-52 re-engine project... along with it's proposed 747 cruise missile carrier.

J-31

Update.

Proposed USAF aircraft procurement FY2015

Large PDF...

Via USAF budget documents. Interesting stuff on the F-35 (just search document with "F-35"). It shows some assumptions (USAF has never been able to predict F-35 price for future years), and a break down of various things about the aircraft as the USAF sees it. These documents come out at the beginning of the calendar year; and well, they do the best they can in accounting with the tools and skill they have available.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

LRIP-8 F-35 order actually a cut from some months ago

Thanks to reader Johnno for catching this:

johnno

The numbers have dropped again. LRIP 8 was supposed to be 48 aircraft earlier this year, not the 43 above (below). Cuts are Israel 5 down to 2 and Italy 4 down to 2.

History is awesome -- F-22 export

For those that still appear to be chronically confused about the history of F-22 export potential.









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Another look at trying to sell a defective aircraft

This goes with the previous F-35 post below. This analysis was performed a few years ago.




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New engines for the B-52?

A very good read from Bill Sweetman.


Do some generals worry that upgrading old airplanes weakens the case for new ones? That would not be logical, even though stories of pilots flying their grandfathers’ bombers make good copy. The longevity of combat aircraft is a good-news story: Since today’s B-52s rolled off the Wichita production line, the Navy has launched and scrapped two classes of destroyer and four cruiser classes, and that comparison makes a $550 million Long Range Strike Bomber look a little more digestible.

U.S. DOD F-35 orders flat for 4 years

LRIP 8 (hand-shake)

USAF------19
USN---------4
USMC-------6
Norway-----2
UK----------4
Italy--------2
Israel--FMS-2
Japan--FMS-4


LRIP-8 deliveries start in 2016.

Notice the U.S. DOD annual numbers over the years are still flat.

LRIP 5 DOD (32):

USAF------22
USN--------7
USMC-------3

--LRIP 6 DOD (31):

USAF------18
USN--------7
USMC-------6


--LRIP 7 DOD (29):

USAF------19
USN--------4
USMC-------6


--LRIP 8 DOD (29):

USAF------19
USN--------4
USMC-------6

That does not make the comment by the model airplane glue sniffing fan-base credible: "The program’s burgeoning maturity is becoming clear".

As for the "price"...the aircraft doesn't actually work. Here is a snapshot of  the money involved in an F-35 LRIP batch.

Again... here are the hopes and dreams of the Ponzi scheme back in 2003... 6 LRIPs and full rate production.

Now for the billions in lost business. Imagine, your business was told an unsupportable hope by your government on how much cash was on the table for the F-35.

The big numbers were all a dream to hook the JSF Partner nation. Who is to blame? Many, but if your research and analysis are LM talking points, the blame rests with you.


U.S. DOD F-35 aircraft to be produced with each batch. 2003 vs. today.

“It will affordable because already there are 3,000 aircraft on the order books.”
—27 June 2002, Air Marshal Houston, Defence press announcement, Australia joins the F-35 program—

Curious. Who pulls the puppet strings of Breaking Defense?


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-Time's Battleland - 5 Part series on F-35 procurement - 2013 
-Summary of Air Power Australia F-35 points
-Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week and the F-35
-U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) F-35 reports
-F-35 JSF: Cold War Anachronism Without a Mission
-History of F-35 Production Cuts
-Looking at the three Japan contenders (maneuverability)
-How the Canadian DND misleads the public about the F-35
-Value of STOVL F-35B over-hyped
-Cuckoo in the nest--U.S. DOD DOT&E F-35 report is out
-6 Feb 2012 Letter from SASC to DOD boss Panetta questioning the decision to lift probation on the F-35B STOVL.
-USAFs F-35 procurement plan is not believable
-December 2011 Australia/Canada Brief
-F-35 Key Performance Perimeters (KPP) and Feb 2012 CRS report
-F-35 DOD Select Acquisition Report (SAR) FY2012
-Release of F-35 2012 test report card shows continued waste on a dud program
-Australian Defence answers serious F-35 project concerns with "so what?"
-Land of the Lost (production cut history update March 2013)
-Outgoing LM F-35 program boss admits to flawed weight assumptions (March 2013)
-A look at the F-35 program's astro-turfing
-F-35 and F-16 cost per flying hour
-Is this aircraft worth over $51B of USMC tac-air funding?
-Combat radius and altitude, A model
-F-35A, noise abatement and airfields and the USAF
-Deceptive marketing practice: F-35 blocks
-The concurrency fraud
-The dung beetle's "it's known" lie
-F-35's air-to-air ability limited
-F-35 Blocks--2006 and today
-The F-35B design is leaking fuel
-F-35 deliveries
-ADF's wacky F-35 assumptions
-Gauging performance, the 2008 F-35, Davis dream brief
-Aboriginal brought out as a prop
-Super Kendall's F-35 problem
-LM sales force in pre-Internet era
-History of F-35 engine problems
-Compare
-JSF hopes and dreams...early days of the Ponzi Scheme
-The Prognostics
-2002--Australia joins the F-35 program

The B-58

Not all that many years after the era of the Wright Brothers.

Stuff all the technology of the day into a combat aircraft. It had problems. Being a Convair crew was a serious risk to life. It looked dangerous in a good way. It was dangerous in a bad way. It was very interesting.



In 1963, a B-58 flew the longest supersonic distance. It went from Tokyo to London (via Alaska), a distance of 8,028 miles in 8 hours, 35 minutes, 20.4 seconds, averaging 938 mph. As of 2013, this record still stands.