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LAS Boondoggle Never Ends

First read this for an idea on where I stand on this issue: http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/08/karzai-begging-for-indigenous-aviation-assets-will-go-to-russia-china-and-india-if-us-does-not-act/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/12/21/your-broken-pentagon-usaf-will-re-solicit-proposals-for-the-las-contract/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/04/04/usaf-to-continue-las-bid-with-modificatins/ http://aviationintel.com/2012/10/12/iraq-to-buy-24-aero-vodochody-l-159s-usa-should-immedietly-purchase-the-rest-for-afghanistan/ The piece below says deliveries of the Light Air Support aircraft for the Afghans will be at best 14 months late since Beechcraft … Read the rest of this entry

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CANADA IN FULL RECOIL OVER THE TRUE COST OF REPLACING THEIR CF-18 HORNETS WITH THE F-35

Exactly as I have predicted for years (please read the over 150 position pieces and commentary updates on the F-35 boondoggle posted on this site for consistent proof), Canada looks like it is going to shop for the best jet … Read the rest of this entry

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JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER NEWS!

The new deputy head of the JSF office told the world that the relationship between his unit and the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, is the absolute worst he has ever seen. Furthermore, he made it clear that there will be no … Read the rest of this entry

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CONCURRENCY HELL: DoD TESTING CHIEF SEES PROBLEMS WITH STARTING F-35 OPERATIONAL TESTING TOO EARLY

I love it how the big shots who make a paycheck from this program, or have hung their professional careers on it, see the guy’s dissenting opinion who is supposed to watchdog operational testing for the Pentagon as “not a … Read the rest of this entry

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NAVY CNO SEES DIMINISHED VALUE IN STEALTHY MANNED PLATFORMS, WATCH OUT F-35!

http://www.dodbuzz.com/2012/07/03/did-cno-just-take-a-big-swipe-at-f35/ Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert has painted a fairly bleak picture of the value of manned stealthy combat aircraft, which seems like a vote of no confidence for the Joint Strike Fighter program in regards to its … Read the rest of this entry

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A VERY CONVENIENT TRUTH: LOCKHEED BIG WIG SAYS KEY TO KEEPING DOWN F-35 COSTS IS TO SELL THEM IN LARGE VOLUME

Lockheed operations guru Chris Kubasic makes it clear that the key to saving money on the F-35 program is to order them by the bushel. Well this may be only partially true, as many other factors will impact the cost … Read the rest of this entry

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F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER ROLLER COASTER!: UK SETTLES ON F-35B, SUPER HELMET MAY WORK NOW, MORE UP-BEAT SPIN FROM PROGRAM BRASS, NAVY IN FANTASY-LAND OVER 6TH GENERATION FIGHTER WISHES

LOGIC PREVAILS! THE UK RE-SELECTS F-35B As predicted here since the day the news hit that the UK would switch their requirement for a carrier fighter from the F-35B to the F-35C the Cameron government and MoD have realized just … Read the rest of this entry

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THOUGHTS ON AVIATION WEEK’S SCATHING NARRATIVE ON THE FREEDOM CLASS LCS AND POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES TO IT

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_05_09_2012_p0-456228.xml&p=1 We know the LCS concept is both controversial and marred with strange capability gaps and quality control issues, but the piece linked above, written by Michael Fabey over at Aviation Week, really gives us a raw view into this … Read the rest of this entry

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TAIWAN GETS SLAPPED WITH A FAT F-16 UPGRADE BID, WANT’S NEW F-16s, MAY WAIT FOR F-35B

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/05/08/2003532288 Just as suggested here recently, Taiwan is realizing that the right jet to survive and prevail against possible Chinese aggression is not the latest model F-16 but the short takeoff and vertical landing variant of the Joint Strike Fighter, … Read the rest of this entry

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: BLUE ORIGIN’S VTOL ROCKET A COUSIN OF THE McDONNELL DOUGLAS DC-X “DELTA CLIPPER”

NASA’s Commercial Crew initiative is getting barraged with cutback requests on Capitol Hill, and now the House is preparing to vote on legislation that would require NASA to immediately downselect a single commercial spaceflight purveyor from the eclectic list of … Read the rest of this entry

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GENERAL DYNAMICS SUBMARINE BUILDERS BRING GOOD NEWS TO THE DEPRESSING REALM OF DoD PROCUREMENT

The first Virginia class multi-mission nuclear fast attack sub took 86 months to build. The Navy’s most recent addition, the USS Mississippi, took 62 months to be completed even with added hardware and capabilities. That is over a year less … Read the rest of this entry

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DOES THE MoD REALLY NEED A SECRET REPORT TO REALIZE THE F-35B IS LESS CAPABLE THAN THE F-35C?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9217918/Fighter-jets-about-turn-will-harm-capability.html Who is running things over at the UK Ministry Of Defense? Did it really require a “for special eyes only” report to comprehend that the F-35B, which contains less gas and less internal weapons storage capabilities, would be less … Read the rest of this entry

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A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: PRIME MINISTER CAMERON WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY REVERT BACK TO THE F-35B

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130612/Cameron-makes-humiliating-u-turn-future-Britains-aircraft-carriers.html#ixzz1sONp4r3U The UK Daily Mail and other major media outlets are reporting that Prime Minister David Cameron will almost certainly scrap his support for the country’s new aircraft carrier(s) to be outfitted with catapults and arresting gear in order to … Read the rest of this entry

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NEWS ROUNDUP: APRIL 10th, 2012!

MODERN AESA ARRAYS VULNERABLE TO ELECTRONIC AND CYBER ATTACK The world of countermeasures and counter-countermeasures is alive and well when it comes to modern Active Electronically Scanned Array radar sets. No longer do you simply (and its not simple) attempt … Read the rest of this entry

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“FLY NAVY” SIGN IS A BIG HIT IN SAN DIEGO

I saw the new “Fly Navy” sign lit up at night while on approach to Lindbergh field a month ago. I had never seen it before and I was wondering if it was setup on a ship for some reason, … Read the rest of this entry

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