Friday, October 24, 2014

EC-135 selected as training helicopter for ADF

Defence has selected 15 Airbus EC-135s as the primary helicopter trainer for the ADF.

It is a sweet ride. It has been brought into question before that this is too much helicopter to do initial training with. Given all of the other ADF procurement goof ups, this should appear to be normal on the class curve.

This would make a useful path to get the Australian Army set up with the Eurocopter UH-72 Lakota. This would take advantage of teaming with the U.S. Army for training and support. And, at some point in time, be a better investment than the disasters known as the Tiger and MRH-90.

If we are going to spend money on helicopters and the ADF refuses to see any value in the Huey family... etc... etc...







Helicopters for the ADF thread...

Government jobs...

Efficient !

For the days one decides to show up.

Losing the war against sickies.

Public servants at the government's largest department took more than three weeks off work on average in the past year in "unscheduled absence," mostly sickies.

Public service departments are now forming sickie-busting units as new evidence emerges that the federal bureaucracy is still losing the battle to get its staff to show up for work each day.

The 35,000-strong Human Services has reported another increase in its rate of unscheduled absences with the average full-time public servant at DHS failing to front for work on 16.25 days in the 2013-2014 financial year.





Mistake-jet deal

Via Reuters no.1 F-35 fan-writer.

WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp and U.S. defense officials have reached agreement on the terms of a contract worth about $4 billion for an eighth batch of 43 F-35 fighter jets, sources familiar with the deal said on Thursday.

The contract will lower the cost of the radar-evading warplane by about 3 percent and includes jets to be built for the U.S. military, Britain and other U.S. allies, according to the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly. (Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)


3 percent? Well, no, not really. Since the aircraft is nowhere near finished. Noone knows the cost of engineering changes to fix mistakes. Also the above is the roll-away price and does not include motors, and long-lead purchase contracts.

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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

"You might not be interested in submarines, but submarines are interested in you"

Uncle Sal has a great read of the Swede ASW problem...


The Swedish Navy continues to stalk the waters off the coast of its capital for a foreign -- all but certainly Russian -- submarine, and the country's military brass on Tuesday sounded an exasperated note to describe the unsuccessful hunt. "This is very serious," Sverker Göransson, the country's top military commander, told reporters. "I would even go so far as to say," he continued, "to say that it's fucked up."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Yet again, the F-35 is not just a little F-22

Barking-mad F-35 fan-base scribblers don't get the über answer from Hostage they were hoping for...


Hostage: It does. I think an excellent portrayal of the value of looking at the interaction of those parameters is to examine Raptor versus the Lightning. A Raptor at 50-plus thousand feet at Mach 2 with its RCS has a different level of invulnerability than a Lightning at 35,000 at Mach .9 and it’s RCS.

The altitude, speed, and stealth combined in the two platforms, they give the airplanes two completely different levels of capability. The plan is to normalize the Lightning’s capability relative to the Raptor by marrying it up with six, or seven or eight other Lightnings.

The advanced fusion of the F-35 versus the F-22 means those airplanes have an equal level or better level of invulnerability than the Raptors have, but it takes multiple airplanes to do it because of the synergistic fused attacks of their weapon systems.

That’s the magic of the fifth-gen F-35, but it takes numbers of F-35s to get that effect. That’s why I’ve been so strident on getting the full buy. Because if they whittle it down to a little tiny fleet like the Raptor, it’s not going to be compelling.


Interesting because the JSF Joint Operational Requirement document assumed an F-22 to JSF ratio of about 2.35 : 1 (1763 vs. 750).

And that assumed the JSF ...worked.




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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

F-35C makes trip from Texas to California...by truck.

F-35C makes trip from Texas to California...by truck.


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H/T- JB

F-35 production...

I will just leave it with a Don comment in a previous post:

Don Bacon

Ft. Worth has production problems. From recent to past--

Oct 20, 2014 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp on Monday confirmed that it had delivered just 22 of 36 F-35 fighter jets promised to the U.S. government this year, but had a plan to complete work on the remaining 14 warplanes over the next two months.

Oct 2, 2013 Pentagon report rips Texas F-35 fighter jet plant

WASHINGTON — A new report from the Pentagon’s internal watchdog strongly criticizes managers and workers at the Fort Worth, Texas, plant that makes the F-35 fighter jet for an alleged lackadaisical attitude that it says has led, on average, to more than 200 repairs for each aircraft and cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Jun 5, 2012 F-35 production quality worries Senate panel (Reuters) -

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday questioned the quality of production on the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, citing a "potentially serious issue" with its electronic warfare capability.

web comments, 2012:
Mr. heath was finally replaced by Larry Lawson earlier this year. So far Mr. Lawson has shown no interest in trying to undo the disaster that has become the Ft. Worth plant. but even if he did. The loss of all the experienced engineers, management, planners, etc.. it would take a generation to get back to the place we were in experience and skills. take a good hard look. This is why manufacturing in america is dying. Complete incompetence on behalf of an arrogant corporation who believes they know everything.

Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · May 9, 2012 at 12:18pm
There are two major differences in the two programs.st Lockheed Martin steadfastly refuses to use any lessons learned with the F-16 or F-22 to improve production on the F-35. Secondly the layers of management between the F-16 and F-35 increased. In 1986 There were 5 levels from lowest worker to Executive VP, now there are at least 12 levels and they have a VP for everything from production to VP over Under water basket weaving.

Reply · Like · Follow Post · May 8, 2012 at 1:59pm
Bethesda, Md., Jan. 26, 2012 – Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] announced that its board of directors has approved the appointment of Larry A. Lawson to serve as the executive vice president of the Aeronautics business area. The appointment follows the announcement of Ralph D. Heath’s retirement; the transition is effective on April 1, 2012.


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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

Tiger update

Really, truly, Defence does some good things. However it is shackled by the results of many past and present bad decisions. Just one of those is the ARH Tiger helicopter. It started off on bad assumptions as noted in 2005-6.

Read this from a guy that has lived most of his career with this thing.

Can you describe some of the challenges you face in your complex work?

Interacting with European multinational organisations, and with the various nationalities of Europe with their widely varying business and cultural attitudes, is extremely challenging and has come as somewhat of a surprise to me personally. Analysing the decisions and actions of various nations, and generating useful information that could assist our fleet management or sustainment, in the short, medium and longer term, fully occupies my team. This environment takes a lot of getting used to and after being here a year, my learning curve has only steepened. Prior to coming here, I was admittedly somewhat ignorant of the full range of Resident Team functions. However, knowing what I now do, I cannot imagine how we could possibly engage effectively and proactively to deliver the required acquisition and sustainment outcomes for effective delivery of helicopter capability without a permanent footprint in Europe. You might think you could understand the complexities of dealing effectively in this environment when sitting in Australia, but once you spend time here, you know you simply cannot establish and maintain the relationships required without frequent personal interaction.

What will be your focus throughout 2014 and beyond?

In terms of the future, all 22 ARH are now delivered and the first capability milestone has been declared by Army. But for the DMO, we have much to do to finish the job. Our industry partners, Australian Aerospace and their mother company, Airbus Helicopters, with the support of their sub contractors, are conducting a lot of work in Australia and Europe to significantly improve sustainment performance. We look forward to big improvements this year to enable Army to commence operating its second attack/reconnaissance squadron in Darwin from mid year.

For the MRH as well, there remains much work to do to both mature the aircraft to meet the needs of Army and Navy and finalise production and retrofit in the coming years. Also, we need to quickly mature the sustainment system so that Army can retire the Black Hawk and commence operating its new generation tactical lift fleet of aircraft.

Well, the logistics to this helicopter...are still a mess. These 2014-2015 budget notes:

ARH Rate of Effort continues to be impacted by poor sustainment support resulting in reduced aircraft availability and aircrew numbers at 1 Aviation Regiment.

2014. Wow.

Cost per flying hour? $33548.

We will leave it with some comments by reader Johnno from a previous post.

Johnno

I suppose that the real joke is that the Tiger was selected in the first place when it didn't have a data link.

That puts the aircraft back to pre 1990 standards when the ADF started the move to (US) Link 16 compatibility.

Another joke if you want it. The Tiger is a digital aircraft in that it is an air frame wrapped around a data bus(read LAN) and a whole lot of computers. Because of the delays that hardware must be 10 years old by now. How well does YOUR 10 year old computer work?

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-Insert Joke Here

-Tyranny of distance--Long, drawn out helicopter projects are unsustainable

-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - cost per flying hour over the last budget year

-Tiger savaged by Navy League of Australia

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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)

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