Monday, October 20, 2014

Insert Joke Here

Data-link...

Years from now...

For the ARH Tiger helo which is a logistically unsustainable mess...


Minister for Defence – Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter upgrade
20 October 2014

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston today announced he has given Combined Pass approval for an interim Tactical Data Link for the Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopters in service with the Australian Army.

Under LAND 2089 Phase 3B, a total of 21 Tiger helicopters will be upgraded with a tactical information exchange solution that further integrates the Tiger into the combined arms land force battlespace.

“The interim Tactical Data Link will improve the Tiger’s situational awareness in the battlespace by improving the helicopter’s ability to receive in flight tactical positioning of friendly and known enemy forces,” Senator Johnston said.

“Through this data link the Tigers will be able to share targeting information, coordinate battlefield movements and tactical objectives, and transmit real-time reconnaissance information between the aircraft and the land forces.”

Senator Johnston said the project will also inform potential future upgrades for the Tiger that will deliver a fully integrated tactical data link solution after 2020, building on the existing lessons provided by this interim configuration.

The acquisition is valued at less than $20 million and will include the associated training and support to fully enable a Tactical Data Link capability.

Industry opportunities for this project in acquisition will be predominantly managed by Elbit Systems Australia, as the software and battle management system developer, and Airbus Group Australia Pacific, who will conduct the aircraft technical modification works.

Through life support to the project will be managed under existing contract arrangements relating to the particular components of the tactical data link capability.

Senator Johnston said the upgrade was an important step in the continued enhancement and modernisation of the ADF as a well rounded, integrated, and capable modern fighting force.

Media contacts:
Rebecca Horton (Minister Johnston’s Office) 0477 389 554
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

S.Korea F-35 decision coming back to bite them

So sad when one buys something without seeing a complete, finished, working example.

A military source said, "It's common sense for a customer to either postpone the contract or seek more concessions if engine defects or other problems arise. It was totally beyond reason for the government to push ahead with the deal simply by trusting the U.S. to solve all the problems."

The F-35A had been deemed "unfit" in seven categories the military had presented to the government for the next-generation fighters. It lacked electronic intelligence functions, while its navigational and target-acquisition software were also below the standards the military had sought.

But the DAPA ignored these red flags. A DAPA official said, "The fighter jet purchase program was decided after the U.S. informed us of its findings about the defect and the matter went through the proper Defense Ministry channels.


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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

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Bills to pay for Australian fishing trip

Thank goodness defense companies can have some money to shop at Christmas time. This ISIS thing is working out pretty good for them.

For every missile or bomb that hits militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the United States military will be asking Australia for payment. According to reports, smart-guided weapons supplied by the U.S. to Australia's Super Hornets can cost from $70,000 to over $650,000 each.

The Royal Australian Air Force, or RAAF, has been given access to U.S. ammunition, but each missile or bomb comes at a price as stated in the weapons-sharing agreements between the Pentagon and the Australian Defence Force. Reports said the Australian Air Task Group has its own stock of ammunition at the Al Minhad air base near Dubai. However, the Super Hornets have the capacity to carry a combination of both Australian and U.S. ammunition.

Australia will also be buying aircraft fuel from the U.S. and other suppliers. The fuel is usually dispensed on the ground or air-to-air delivery through the RAAF KC-30A multi-role tanker transport, SMH reports. A spokesman for the Australian Defence Force said Australia has access to a wide variety of ammunition. He said he will not elaborate on the specific types and potential costs for operational reasons.

Munitions prices are probably closer to this.

Australian Super Hornets are flying long missions and many times not dropping. So, you can take the grand total of the campaign cost for the Australian taxpayer and divide it by the small number of PGMs dropped and there you are.

Who knows what the effect is.

ISIS is getting closer to Baghdad. And other places. Mostly because the Iraq military is garbage.

There are cheaper and more effective ways to kill such a threat.

And put it on the run.


Ethics

Australian defence minister asks Japan to help develop new subs

"Decisions about future submarines have to be made on the basis of what is best for our armed forces, not what is best for a particular region or what might be best for a particular company," Abbot told reporters on Thursday during a visit to a school in Melbourne.

If only the same ethics applied to other ADF weapon system procurement hopes and dreams.


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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)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Korean mistake with F-35 procurement

South Korea has some serious procurement issue with their Just So Failed.


Source: Chosun Ilbo; published Oct 17, 2014

Only about half of the Air Force's next-generation F-35A fighter jet, which cost a hefty W121 billion, will be fully armed due to lack of combat weapons (US$1=W1,062).

Seoul decided to buy 40 F-35As at a total cost of W7.34 trillion last month and claimed that would allow the Air Force to "overwhelm" North Korea. But it has bought only half the weapons needed for the F-35As in a war, according to Air Force data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Song Young-keun Wednesday.

The Air Force has secured a mere 45 percent of air-to-air missiles that would be used against North Korean fighter jets and only 75 percent of the required number of air-to-ground missiles.

This suggests that the Air Force could mobilize at most 18 F-35As for air-to-air combat and 30 for air-to-ground combat in a war.

Each F-35A is armed with various weapons, including AIM-120 and AIM-9 air-to-air missiles and GBU-12, GBU-31 and GBU-39 air-to-ground missiles.

"We couldn't afford to pay attention to how to arm the F-35As because we concentrated on buying 40 of them," an Air Force officer admitted.

Some 66 percent of the budget for the epically delayed fighter project were spent on buying the fighter aircraft, with a mere 8 percent spent on weapons and equipment.

The military is also under fire for deciding to buy only one backup engine for the 40 jets rather than the usual four to six or 10 to 15 percent spare


Not mentioned is that the aircraft are currently prototypes by-any-other-name and are unlikely to work very well. Mobilize 18? Be prepared to fly only 6.  For a day or so. That is, the ones that aren't shot down.

H/T- JB


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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

U.S. Navy Hornet fleet crippled due to poor maintenance management

Many U.S. Navy classic and Super Hornets are parked because of poor maintenance management.

The Navy would like to blame this on the past budget sequester but that is just non-sense.

There was and is plenty of money.

For example, the U.S. Navy recently bought $3B-plus ships for the USMC mission...with no well desk. It is currently building $15B aircraft carriers that will fly obsolete-to-the-threat carrier air wing.

The Navy is all for the faulty littoral combat ship program. Spendthrift Navy is currently fielding "destroyers" that are the displacement of German WWII pocket battleships at $6B each. Like the littoral combat ship, these will be easily sunk and are so expensive, we can't afford to lose them.

The U.S. Navy thinks that the F-35 program has value. It like some of the ships mentioned, will likely get destroyed if taken to war. Interesting because currently, the Super Hornet beats the F-35 in every measurable, practical use for the carrier air wing, even if both would get shot down vs. high-end threats emerging in the Pacific Rim.

The U.S. Navy also has way too many admirals feeding at the pig-trough.

The Navy also lies to Congress--continually--complaining that it doesn't have enough ships.

This is not true.

So, in the end, the issues about the moribund management of the Hornet fleet just means some admirals need to be fired for dereliction of duty.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Australian F-35 maintenance plan a big question mark

Nominated by me for the DMO Project of Concern List for some time now... the Australian F-35 program has been and is, in dire trouble.

DM Johnston and the rest of the fan-base don't know how they are going to maintain the F-35...even if it gets here in working order.

The two defense ministers also agreed to seek cooperation over the maintenance of F-35 stealth fighter jets that both countries plan to procure from the United States. Japan hopes to create a maintenance hub for the Asia-Pacific region, with the Air Self-Defense Force planning to buy 42 of the aircraft at present.

Note, there isn't a hush-house to be found in the RAAF Williamtown F-35 bed-down plan. Curious how F-35 jet engine maintenance will be worked?

Defence has no credible plan to use the F-35 as a weapon of war against a real threat. First it would get shot down. But second, running a combat jet maintenance plan like its airliner logistics is just... stupid. It is incompatible with sustained war operations.

Japan's F-35 deal runs on a home-industry/U.S. FMS plan. Australia's mistake runs on a JSF Partner Nation Plan. One is performance based. The other is not.


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Thursday, October 16, 2014

F-35 program tries to spin their way out of "root cause" of mishap

Via Inside Defense (subscription) "Team Investigating F-35A Engine Fire Validates Root Cause, Briefs Findings"(October 15, 2014)

Now a previously reported 2G maneuver by the mishap aircraft is a "series of very intense maneuvers".

The affected aircraft had, just weeks before the incident, flown a series of very intense maneuvers, which lead to the "hard rub," officials have said

This is just misleading:

Because the engine was new and the maneuvers so advanced, the rubbing -- which is called "burn-in" and digs a trench in the polyamide seal -- happened at a faster rate than the JPO or Pratt anticipated. The intense heat generated by the rubbing created several micro-cracks in the fan blades that expanded and eventually cracked wider, which caused a component to dislodge and puncture a fuselage, which then caught fire.

Huh? For years, we would read and hear so much about the maturity of the program. And ... a 2G maneuver causes a problem that takes out the jet weeks later.

As for Australia, I will ask again, how is this aircraft not on the DMO Project of Concern List?

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History of F-35 engine problems

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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 15, 2014

AFA guy... what?

He doesn't understand the extreme risks of fielding something as useless as the F-35 but then goes on to say this:

With the primacy of air power as the most sought after military capability continuing for the foreseeable future, the importance of sustaining readiness in our existing aircraft fleets is an imperative. The Air Force is engaged in a long-overdue modernization with the acquisition of the KC-46 tanker and F-35 fighter. These modern and advanced weapon systems will take decades, however, to be fielded and ready for any fight.

Emphasis added.

Not a very good endorsement.

And... there will be no additional DOD budget money to hand over to the USAF. So, this idea (with its rent-seeking local mention at the end),  crashes on take-off.

The Air Force, as the principal source for all aspects of air power for our country, must be moved to the front to the line for a larger share of funding. This is needed to ensure that Tinker AFB can meet its mission of cost-effective readiness and bring air power to bear for our nation.

Consider the way USAF has a bad habit of wasting large amounts of money given to them.

For years on end.

Canadian DND money

Canada has to juggle some funds in regard to the DND and various weapons proposals...

Concerns that the acquisition under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales program would tilt the scales in favour of the Raytheon-Lockheed-Martin group in a burgeoning trans-Atlantic competition for up to $18-billion in sub-contracts on DND’s new Canadian Surface Combatant fleet, were overruled. As were, apparently, any worries about the optics of making another large military purchase, a la F-35, without opening the process up to competing bids.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More of the F-35 con

LOL.... "stealth".


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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