Here is the short version of various Joint Strike Failure news.
A law firm is setting up a class action case over jet noise. Their clients fear the jet noise from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that Australia is supposed to be getting.
A few problems: Australia has not handed over any money yet for the first order. Good to be prepared though and maybe in the end; not for the F-35 as it may never show up. More interesting is the fetish some have for thinking that the Super Hornet will be the proper fallback position should the F-35 fail. I think this is going to happen. However I don’t think it is a good idea.
Poor solution aside; Super Hornets make more noise than classic Hornets. While I like jets, the Super noise is pretty ugly on take-off. Even if the current noise levels get no bigger, who would have thought any development around a military airbase and civil flying activity is a good idea?
There is some new (old) “analysis” on Australian air power issues mentioned at the Lowy Institute. I like the Lowy Institute, however the air power mentions in the paper are too poor and uninformed to qualify for analysis in any form. This is unfortunate. I guess I can’t expect them to be good at everything.
The new F-35 schedule is going great; so say the cheerleaders. And, a critical review of the program has been delayed. Hoping for good news Admiral? Of interest is this old schedule from 2007 which when compared to what those with pom-poms say, brings up reality. There is a very long way to go. And, where we are going is not a better place. It is an express train to defense acquisition hell.
A real feast for law firms.