Troubled F-35 fighter jets will be repaired in the UK, says military

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New Job Prospects for thousands and thousands of technicians !!!!!!”


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Troubled F-35 fighter jets will be repaired in the UK, says military:

Britain will be the global repair shop for the new and highly controversial F-35 fighter jet program, it has been announced.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said on Monday that the move, which will see Britain service all European F-35s at a facility in North Wales, will have positive economic and defense implications.

This establishes Britain as a hub for all European F-35s and is hugely positive news for our high-tech and innovative defence industry,” he said.

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Petition: Cancel The F-35

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Cancel the F-35

A petition to the United States Congress and the governments of Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan and South Korea from the world and from the people of Burlington, Vermont, and Fairbanks, Alaska, where the F-35 is to be based. Initiated by Vermont Stop the F35 Coalition, Save Our Skies Vermont, Western Maine Matters, Alaska Peace Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Peace Club, North Star Chapter 146 Veterans For Peace, World Beyond War, RootsAction.org, Code Pink, Ben Cohen.

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US to deploy F35 jets to military base in Japan in 2017

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US to deploy F35 jets to military base in Japan in 2017:

The United States has announced it will deploy its controversial state-of-the-art F35 jets on Iwakuni military base in Japan in 2017. According to Japanese media, a total of 16 planes are expected at the compound.

On its official Twitter account, the US Forces in Japan announced Washington will deploy F35 aircraft to its Marine Corps base in the city of Iwakuni.

“ANNOUNCED: The future of U.S. Marine Corps aviation, the F-35 Lightning II set to hit MCAS Iwakuni in 2017,” the statement reads.

According to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, the notification for Tokyo is already in place. “US officially notifies Japan of deployment of 16 F-35 fighters,” the agency .

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Yet Another F-35 Jet Caught on Fire While Starting Its Engine

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Yet Another F-35 Jet Caught on Fire While Starting Its Engine:

A single high-tech F-35A Joint Strike Fighter costs nearly $150 million to buy, and all together should comprise the bulk of the US Air Force’s combat power for decades. But one very serious and now recurring problem is the plane’s propensity to burst into flames.

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US Air Force Attempts to Paint Costly F-35 Repairs as a Positive

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“A classic case of SPIN.”


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US Air Force Attempts to Paint Costly F-35 Repairs as a Positive:

New fuel tank insulation problems have grounded a sizeable percentage of the US Air Force’s F-35s. Now that the issue has been identified, the Pentagon is attempting to spin the repairs as a cost-saving measure.

On Friday, the US Air Force issued a temporary stand-down order for 13 of its 104 F-35 fighters, citing “the discovery of peeling and crumbling insulation in avionics cooling lines inside the fueling tanks.”

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F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat

F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat:

But it looks cool. I guess.

For the record I have spoken to people in the business who swear that in the end the F-35 will be a fantastic fighting system.

I’m not so sure. I’m not the only one.

(From POGO.org)

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is the most expensive procurement program in Pentagon history. It’s been plagued by schedule delays, gross cost overruns, and a slew of underwhelming performance reviews. Last month the Air Force declared its variant “ready for combat,” and most press reports lauded this as a signal that the program had turned a corner. But a memo issued from the Pentagon’s top testing official, based largely upon the Air Force’s own test data, showed that the Air Force’s declaration was wildly premature.

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Trial by Fire? Marines to Use F-35’s First Action to See What Still Needs Fixing

H/t reader squodgy:

“New levels of incompetence.

Firstly, for the last fifty years, in the absence of real combat, new aircraft were always tested annually against simulated enemies in ‘combat’ competitions in Nevada, with many foreign ally “enemies” playing the role creditably.The same being reciprocated in Oz & Europe.

Secondly, if this very expensive aircraft is lost in combat in enemy territory, with irretrievable black boxes etc, how the hell will they learn anything to actually see what needs fixing?

Only an idiot sends an untested and glitch ridden weapon to war, unless….they have no option…..Doh!”

… or they want to make sure the military-industrial complex earns a lot more money and …

“(Soldiers are) dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”
– Henry Kissinger (as quoted in Woodward and Bernstein’s “The Final Days”, ch. 14)


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Trial by Fire? Marines to Use F-35’s First Action to See What Still Needs Fixing:

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F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program – Aug 26, 2016 Update

F-35 Lightning: The Joint Strike Fighter Program:

August 26/16: Issues with weapons integration on the F-35 have been found and could hinder an operational capabilities declaration external link, according to the Pentagon’s director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E) . Challenges include the possibility, when the jet fires its 25mm cannon, that the aircraft could yaw as the gun door opens, reducing accuracy. Testing last December also threw up issues with AIM-9X missiles on the F-35C. Here testers found excess stress on the carrier-variant’s wing structure during landings and certain maneuvers. This could have an impact on the wing structure and might warrant a redesign on that part of the wing.

$313 million is the price that Canada would have to pay external link if it is to exit from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

H/t reader squodgy:

“Missile Launching over stresses the wings on the Carrier based version, and the cannon causes the plane to yaw (vere off course) when opened, which compromises accuracy.

In other words it still is not fit for purpose, is cleaning the US & UK taxpayer out and looks like it will be a perpetual golden goose for the Military Industrial Complex.

But the plan for war with Russia, will at least spread funds to different allocations.”

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Danish Lawmakers Blast F-35 Plan: Faulty Jet Cost America Trillions

H/t reader squodgy:

“They call it the Lightening, but in reality, based on its inability to get off the ground yet guzzle like no other, I christen it the F-35 ALBATROSS.

The latest fact is that with the world in recession, even Government income is being stretched in every country already committed to this heap of premature junk. They really are finding it unjustifiable at that cost, but, if the US push that stupid Trans Atlantic Trade Agreement through, those countries will still be sued the full value & more if they cancel.

Good commercial stupidity.”

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Pentagon Delays F-35 Tests As Software Glitch Shuts Down Jets Mid-Flight


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Danish Lawmakers Blast F-35 Plan: Faulty Jet Cost America Trillions:

Denmark faces pressure, ahead of July’s NATO summit, to announce the purchase of an expensive US fighter jet that fails mid-flight during due to a software glitch.

The Danish parliament poured cold water on plans for the Royal Danish Air Force to acquire American-made F-35A Lightning II jets as their next-generation fighter, citing the trillions of dollars spent by the US military on an aircraft that, in testing stages, fails mid-flight due to software glitches.

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Pentagon Delays F-35 Tests As Software Glitch Shuts Down Jets Mid-Flight

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Pentagon Delays F-35 Tests as Software Glitch Shuts Down Jets Mid-Flight:

Despite the ongoing risks that the Lockheed Martin fighter jets will crash to the earth, the Pentagon plans to spend an additional $16 billion on another batch of F-35s.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon finally acknowledged that the beleaguered F-35 fighter jet will not be ready for its final test phase until 2018 at the earliest, the latest in a series of setbacks for the expensive next-generation aircraft.

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