Thursday, July 31, 2014

Crosswinds

From the fan-base.

“Collectively, the results support clearing the 20 knot crosswind envelope for conventional take off & landings, short take offs, and short landings , with ideal handling quality ratings and meaningful improvement over legacy 4th generational fighter aircraft.”

Let us see how "legacy" aircraft handle 30-plus-knot crosswinds.

Landing.


Take-off. (watch full screen)



Brilliant quotes from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover

Brilliant quotes from Admiral Hyman G. Rickover.



H/T- Peter

USAF's tac-air recap disaster

Hallmark of the F-35 program: consuming resources better used by other communities.

The Air Force is pouring most of its modernization funding into three programs: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the KC-46A refueling tanker and a new long-range bombers. Welsh said he is confident that these programs will move forward and that the F-35 will overcome current troubles, but worries that there is not enough money to invest in other areas such as space and cyber.




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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

Defence, DMO, ASC cabal - the destroyer of national defence



The only destroyer that Australia has is the Defence, DMO, ASC cabal who continue to eliminate national defence capability. Via The Australian (subscription)

Navy ships plan a threat to jobs

THE AUSTRALIAN JULY 31, 2014 12:00AM
Cameron Stewart
Associate Editor
Melbourne

ONE of Australia’s three naval shipyards, Forgacs in Newcastle, could collapse with the loss of 780 jobs if the government goes ahead with confidential advice to strip the yard of naval work as part of the rescue plan for the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer project.

The proposal would see extra construction work for the three AWDs reallocated from Forgacs to Adelaide and Melbourne to improve the efficiency of the defence project, which is running at least two years late and more than $300 million over budget.

Stewart is still under the illusion that the AWD project is $300 over budget.

It is not.

Under this possible reshuffle:


The AWDs would still be constructed in Adelaide, with the current AWD workforce there likely to be re-employed under BAE. But BAE’s control over the project would also allow the British shipbuilder to redirect some AWD work to its Williamstown shipyard, to help keep the 1000 jobs that will be lost next year if the yard does not receive more work.

We spend $29B per year for Defence.

For little return on investment.

A taxpayer funded, self-licking ice-cream cone, jobs program.

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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

Flight Restrictions Kept In Place For F-35 Operational Aircraft

via Inside Defense (subscription):

Flight Restrictions Kept In Place For F-35 Operational Aircraft

Flight restrictions remain for Joint Strike Fighter operational aircraft until an engine investigation wraps up, but limits have been removed for test aircraft, according to the F-35 joint program office.

Where, the capability of "operational" aircraft are a joke.

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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


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Belgium F-16 replacement plans firm up

Realistically, Belgium pretty much writes the Just So Failed out of the picture with this statement:

But one thing is certain: it wants to maintain its current level of ambition, namely the Quick Reaction Alert 24/7 with two to four aircraft. In addition, the Begian Chief of Staff wants to continue flight operations abroad with a maximum of ten aircraft with two locations as starting points.

The F-35 will cost way more to own and operate than an F-16. Reliability is the other problem, given the program's poor track record. At lest the F-35 might be flying in final form in the 2020s so that an intelligent purchaser of military equipment has something to look at.

Or not.

Performance of F-35 program remains the same

You can water down the software blocks and the same shoddy management paradigm for this program remains.


F-35 Software Running as Much as 14 Months Late, Pentagon Finds
2014-07-29 20:44:46.772 GMT


By Tony Capaccio

July 29 (Bloomberg) -- Software needed to operate Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 jet, the Pentagon’s costliest weapon system, may be as much as 14 months late for required flight testing, according to a Pentagon review.

The projected delay to September 2017 concerns the final version needed to provide full combat capability for Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps variants of the fighter, the Defense Department found in the report mandated by Congress.

"Delivering code" is not the same as it working in a final, go-to-war configuration.


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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

Attention to orders... this award is to signify ....

Have the Russians given their proxy fighters the Legion of Merit equivalent for the airliner shootdown?

They better catch up...

"The president of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Capt. Will C. Rogers III, U.S. Navy, for service as set forth in the following citation:

"For exceptionally . . . outstanding service as commanding officer, USS Vincennes from April 1987 to May 1989 . . .

"During the course of Persian Gulf operations, Capt. Rogers' tactical skills and calm direction enabled his crew to successfully engage seven heavily armed, high-speed Iranian surface craft attacking Vincennes. . . . As a result, five craft were destroyed and two retreated. . . . Capt. Rogers' dynamic leadership, logical judgment and unexcelled devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."

The Vincennes CO got into an area against the orders of the regional command post boss who wondered why he was out of place. Rogers wanted a fight for any reason.

And well, shooting down an Iranian airliner was the result of that higher command post HQ and ship CIC confusion.

Defence wants new management for its troubled Air Warfare Destroyer program

Time for Defence to fire up the blame-shifting wizard in MicroSpoof Office. Looks like DJ-Marky-Mark and The New Kids on the Block just aren't very useful at building ships.

Defence wants new management for those $2.8B each Air Warfare Destroyers of dubious worth.

THE Abbott government wants to sack its own naval shipbuilder and install British defence giant BAE Industries to rescue the nation’s largest defence project, the $8.5 billion construction of three air warfare destroyers.

The proposal would revolutionise Australia’s defence industry and potentially halve the responsibilities of the current AWD shipbuilder — the government-owned ASC — by limiting it to maintaining the Collins Class submarines rather than building new warships.

As an aside, it isn't a handful of millions over budget. It is billions over budget. And even if they are delivered, if they don't end up like The Prince of Wales and Repulse in a real shooting war, I would be surprised. Obsolete-to-the-threat combat systems and all.

ASC...

At least Tony Soprano and his crew knew what they were doing.

And, who is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer debacle?



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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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SPEAR

Could be an interesting UCAV weapon...

SPEAR

Video. Would probably want just about anything else than the Just So Failed using this. The cartoon also assumes a third-world / unorganized non-state-actor threat. For example, if something like the SA-22 was available to have a shot at a SPEAR attack it might change the results...if not overwhelmed.

ADF (Army) replacement SAM system

Could be a fun exercise.

Help the Army find a replacement small, battlefield SAM system.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Great reasons why the F-35 belongs on the DMO project of concern list

The F-35 is not a healthy program.

The no-show does point to issues with the program. Despite some rhetoric, there is no such thing as an “isolated” failure on the scale of the June 23 fan-stage breakup that caused the recent grounding. The purpose of mishap investigations is to learn lessons that will reduce the incidence of similar events; at the very least, the component that failed was designed at the same time as the other engine parts that have failed, by the same team and using the same tools.

The failure was part of a record that program office director Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan complained about a few months back (AW&ST March 31, p. 29). “Parts that we didn’t think were going to break are breaking quicker than we thought,” Bogdan said, characterizing the problem as a “monumental fix—we are not going to see results quickly.” He added that JSF reliability was “woefully below the curve” compared with where it should be at this stage and that already scary operations and support costs would “skyrocket” if reliability problems could not be fixed.

The quotes above are just a small sample. Read the whole article.

And it is nothing other than sick how the Australian F-35 fan-base just doesn't get it.


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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


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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