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Old 06-09-2016, 14:20
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Plans for frequent deployment of American F-35 aircraft alongside British jets aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have been confirmed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed that the US will deploy F-35B aircraft on board the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth when it comes into service, with British jets expected to do the same on US vessels when required “in the fullness of time”.


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Old 13-09-2016, 21:24
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FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT SPOT THE LINK ON THE QEC THREAD


The US Marines are likely to deploy MV-22 tiltrotor aircraft alongside their F-35s aboard Britains new Queen Elizabeth class carriers.

It is understood that the deployment will not be permanent but will likely be routine.

This comes as plans for frequent deployment of American F-35 aircraft alongside British jets aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth have been confirmed by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.


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Old 20-09-2016, 21:53
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Major Morten “Dolby” Hanche is an F-35 instructor pilot from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, one of the Joint Strike Fighter customers.
The Aviationist 20 Sep 2016: DOT&E leaked memo suggests F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat. F-35 pilot doesn’t agree.
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...I fully expect the F-35’s most hardened critics to discount this article, regardless of what I write. However, some may choose to believe my story, based on the fact that I know the airplane and its capabilities as a pilot. I don’t make my claims based on bits and pieces of information, derived from potentially unreliable sources. They are based on experience actually flying and training with the jet for nearly a year...

Personally, I am impressed by the the F-35. I was relieved to experience just how well the F-35 performs with regard to speed, ceiling, range and maneuverability...
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Major Morten “Dolby” Hanche is an F-35 instructor pilot from the Royal Norwegian Air Force, one of the Joint Strike Fighter customers.
The Aviationist 20 Sep 2016: DOT&E leaked memo suggests F-35 May Never Be Ready for Combat. F-35 pilot doesn’t agree.
More grist to the mill: http://nettsteder.regjeringen.no/kam...ts-as-a-pilot/
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Old 22-09-2016, 17:06
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Apols for duplicate. Hopefully this of the 1st practice ski jump take off by a Brit is not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5LdkPaERhI

Also ejection seat problem solved: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/09...s_nearly_done/

Lt. Col. Christine Mau completed her first training flight in the F-35 Lightning II at Eglin Air Force Base, making her the first female F-35 pilot. Credit: Staff Sgt. Tarelle Walker, Staff Sgt. Marleah: http://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/604590

And: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3pNMiHixmo - including a 'plane wash' ?
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Old 25-09-2016, 21:44
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Hot loading an F35B :-

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Just in time for VMFA-121's permanent move to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in January 2017, "hot-load" procedures have been developed.

By contrast, "hot-load" procedures for the USMC's F/A-18s were not developed until the type had been in service for over 20 years!

Hot-loading is nothing new, having been used on many different aircraft types in Vietnam, Korea, WW2, and most likely in Desert Storm & more-recently.

I've seen it done aboard ship and on land in the 1980s with A-6E Intruders - although during exercises, not combat.

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Hot loading F-35B: MAWTS-1 ordnance innovation sets new standard
By Sgt. Lauren A. Wiggins, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. --
Aviation ordnance crew members with Marine Aviation and Weapons Tactics Squadron One conducted the first ever hot load of the F-35B at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Sept. 22, 2016, with inert Guided Bomb Units-12, aerial laser-guided bombs. In doing so, the Marine Corps is the first service to validate hot loading any variant of the F-35.

Capt. John Valdez, ordnance officer, MAWTS-1, is responsible for supervising all aviation ordnance operations conducted on all type/model/series aircraft during the Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course held on a semi-annual basis at MCAS-Yuma. He describes hot loading as loading ordnance on the aircraft while the pilot is onboard and the engines are running, and he has been involved in developing a hot load procedure for the F-35B for many years.

According to Valdez, being able to hot load the F-35B provides the Marine Corps with a capability to project Marine air power forward on the battlefield while decreasing aircraft turnaround time and increasing sortie generation for two reasons.

Due to the aircraft not having to power down, cool off and start up again, the time spent reloading an F-35B is essentially halved from an estimated maximum rearm time of 40 minutes down to 20 minutes. While 20 minutes less on the ground may not seem like much for a single aircraft, Valdez points to campaigns, like Operation Iraqi Freedom, where multiple aircraft were constantly in need of rearming, noting that the shorter rearm time can add up to weeks of man hours saved over the course of a campaign.

Secondly, an aircraft is most likely to malfunction during its initial power up, requiring time offline for repairs. If an aircraft only has to power up once during the day, the likelihood that something will malfunction during its scheduled operational window is significantly reduced. The maintenance time saved from an aircraft not breaking down is invaluable, asserted Valdez.

He adds that validating the hot load procedure for the F-35B “is critical in developing the expeditionary capabilities” of the F-35B due to the projected reduction in wear and tear on the aircraft. He is eager to see this process employed through the full service life of the aircraft, a sharp contrast with the development of the F-18 hot load procedure which started more than 20 years after it was first put into service — around the same time the Marine Corps took possession of its first F-35B.

While the maintenance benefits are clear, Valdez acknowledged that there are safety concerns which arise during a hot load that do not exist during a cold load, specifically the possibility that something will get sucked into the jet engine’s intake. He emphasizes that after many dry run-throughs, consultations, evaluations and re-evaluations over several years with many different subject matter experts, including those from the military and private sector, appropriate safeguards have been incorporated into the hot load procedure to protect both the ordnance crew and the pilot inside the aircraft. For instance, while current publications require personnel on the ground to stay at least three feet away from the intake, the F-35B hot load procedure mandates at least six feet from the intake, a doubling of the current minimum requirements.

He also argues that hot loading the F-35B is in fact safer and easier than hot loading other aircraft, such as the AV-8B Harrier. A hot load for a Harrier requires two ordnance crews working in tandem to load bombs at the same time on either side of the aircraft; if the timing is off, the Harrier can be damaged if the loaded side tilts down and hits the ground. In contrast, the F-35B has two centralized bomb bays which are very stable and can be loaded by a single ordnance crew. The danger of destabilization during an F-35B hot load simply does not exist as it does with the AV-8B Harrier.

Valdez incorporated the hot load event into WTI 1-17 as part of MAWTS-1 Instructor Pilot Tactics Development, and drew support from maintenance and ordnance Marines from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 12, also known as the Green Knights. Valdez had high praises for the VMFA-121 Marines involved in Wednesday’s demonstration, stating that the VMFA-121’s expertise with the F-35B is simply “unmatched in the Marine Corps,” and therefore using them was absolutely critical to Wednesday’s successful evolution.

He was also quick to share his respect for Master Sgt. Jason Daniel, ordnance chief, MAWTS-1, who has been with the F-35 program since its inception. They first met while serving with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 (VMFAT-501), where Valdez was first inspired to develop a way to hot load the F-35B. Valdez calls Daniel, “the most experienced ordnanceman in the Marine Corps on the F-35B,” and admits that he jumped at the chance to task him with drafting and refining the hot load procedures when MSgt Daniel joined transferred from VMFA-121 to MAWTS-1. In particular, he credits Daniel with ensuring that lessons learned from dropping bombs from the VMFA-121 aircraft were applied to the current procedures, and making necessary changes to update the original draft first written at VMFAT-501.

Once the F-35B hot load process is validated, the procedures will be published and distributed throughout the Marine Corps, at which point training will be conducted at the squadron level and at command discretion. However, Valdez plans to offer three days of cold load training followed by one day of hot load training prior to future WTIs, under his supervision, which he hopes personnel from units outside of MCAS-Yuma will be able to take advantage of.

Going forward, MAWTS-1 will make itself “available to anyone out in the Fleet who requires training or who wants training or guidance in terms of preparation, scheme of maneuver, lessons learned, so on and so forth” promised Capt Valdez. “That’s what MAWTS-1 does: we help the Fleet develop these new tactics.”

Col. James Wellons, Commanding Officer, MAWTS-1, noted that they could not have completed this effort without the support of MCAS Yuma and VMX-1, as they have been heavily involved in all aspects of the operational testing of the F-35B.
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Old 26-09-2016, 08:24
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Might not be anything new on legacy aircraft, but it is on the F35B.
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Old 24-10-2016, 23:26
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USS Bonhomme Richard is rotating back to the States, and Wasp is moving to Sasebo, Japan to deploy F-35B's.

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Old 25-10-2016, 03:26
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USS Bonhomme Richard is rotating back to the States, and Wasp is moving to Sasebo, Japan to deploy F-35B's.

https://news.usni.org/2016/10/24/uss...hard-san-diego
Good, hope to see her in Oz middle of next year when 31 MEU deploys for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
This will also be the first time the ADFs Amphibious Ready Group (2,500 soldiers) deploy in LHDs Canberra and Adelaide and LSD Choules
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Old 25-10-2016, 19:32
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USMC is a step closer to turning MV-22's into tankers for their Lightnings.
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Old 25-10-2016, 22:18
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Good, hope to see her in Oz middle of next year when 31 MEU deploys for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
This will also be the first time the ADFs Amphibious Ready Group (2,500 soldiers) deploy in LHDs Canberra and Adelaide and LSD Choules
It would be even better if the F35B make some landings/takeoffs on Canberra and Adelaide. I have not heard if the flight decks can handle the heat etc but the ramp must be there for a reason....maybe?
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Old 26-10-2016, 00:22
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Flank: The ramp is in the RAN LHD's because it is integral to the original Spanish design for the class. Removal of the ramp would have required an extensive redesign of the hull structure and this would have lead to time delays and increased costs that the Australian Government was not prepared to accept. Having said that, the ramp remains in place. Who knows what the future may hold?
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Old 26-10-2016, 04:40
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It would be even better if the F35B make some landings/takeoffs on Canberra and Adelaide. I have not heard if the flight decks can handle the heat etc but the ramp must be there for a reason....maybe?
There is no current intention by the Govt to obtain a F35B capability however there has been much speculation after previous PM Tony Abbott asked for an analysis by Defence on making the final tranch (x 24) of airframes B models.

The life of the 2 LHDs is projected to be 40+ years and if the past experience in naval aviation is any indication, the role of the ships may change or be modified over time. The ramp simply leaves all possibilities open.
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Old 26-10-2016, 08:28
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There is no current intention by the Govt to obtain a F35B capability however there has been much speculation after previous PM Tony Abbott asked for an analysis by Defence on making the final tranch (x 24) of airframes B models.

The life of the 2 LHDs is projected to be 40+ years and if the past experience in naval aviation is any indication, the role of the ships may change or be modified over time. The ramp simply leaves all possibilities open.
As you rightly say, anything can happen given the life time of the ships.There is going to be a major refit along the way, so who knows. Here a couple of reasons that it has been knocked on the head for the time being.

http://www.defensetech.org/2015/07/1...trike-fighter/
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As you rightly say, anything can happen given the life time of the ships.There is going to be a major refit along the way, so who knows. Here a couple of reasons that it has been knocked on the head for the time being.

http://www.defensetech.org/2015/07/1...trike-fighter/
The points are noted but fail to mention that the rework is not as problematic as forecast and that they were built by the Armada with the F35 destined to replace the AV8Bs in due course.
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The points are noted but fail to mention that the rework is not as problematic as forecast and that they were built by the Armada with the F35 destined to replace the AV8Bs in due course.
Which is probably why their ships have been fitted with the equipemnt and infrastructure needed as in the article, and the Australian vessels haven't.
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Good, hope to see her in Oz middle of next year when 31 MEU deploys for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2017.
This will also be the first time the ADFs Amphibious Ready Group (2,500 soldiers) deploy in LHDs Canberra and Adelaide and LSD Choules
When is the exercise scheduled for?

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“The first [F-35B] deployment on an [amphibious ready group] will be out in WestPac (Western Pacific) on the 31st MEU in the fall of ’17,” 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing commander Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco told USNI News in May.

“We’ll get the squadron out there, a 10-plane squadron, in January 2017. We’ll put six more aircraft out there in the summer of ’17 and then in the fall of ’17 is when the ship will be ready” to take on the jets.
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When is the exercise scheduled for?
The TS series are biennial exercises which are usually held for 20 days in late July. I haven't found exact dates for 2017 but 2015 included 31 MEU", USS George Washington and USS Bonne Homme RICHARD.

It includes but is not limited to amphibious landings off the East coast of Queensland at Shoalwater Bay as well as those in fog Bay in the NT

http://www.defence.gov.au/exercises/ts13/
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This should allay some fears amongst customer nations :-

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Old 29-10-2016, 03:42
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And the final USMC shipboard tests of the F-35B begin (led by Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dale Collins ):

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LM F-35 GM Weekly Update 27 Oct 2016 Jeff Babione

"F-35B DT-III...
...The success of DT-I showed the world how impressive this aircraft is, and since then, we haven’t looked back. Next week, the test team once again heads out to the open seas to accomplish the final shipboard test detachment for the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) test program.
The plan for DT-III is fairly straightforward: expand the shipboard operating envelope to full operational capability. This requires the team to expand night operations, high-winds and-high sea states as well as test a variety of internal and external stores loads. The two stars of the detachment are BF-1 and BF-5, who operated during DT-II, and have accounted for a majority of the more than 1,100 vertical landings and nearly 2,200 short takeoffs for the SDD program....

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Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept
"During the same deployment, the Marine Corps is taking this opportunity to complete the “Lightning Carrier Proof of Concept” demonstration to assess what the support of various Marine Corps aircraft, including 12 F-35Bs, two MV-22Bs, and two H-1 helicopters entails, and to develop the concept of operations for future shipboard deployments. In addition to testing the operational suitability and effectiveness of the F-35B, they will conduct several mission sets such as strike missions, close-air support and armed reconnaissance missions...."


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Royal Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dale Collins celebrated 35 years in Her Majesty’s service Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

In 2015, Collins was sent to Pax River for a U.S. assignment on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program where he serves as the U.K. Air Engineer and Ship Integration Project Officer at the F-35 Pax River Integrated Test Force (ITF) based at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23.

Throughout his tenure, Collins has led numerous flight test engineering projects in preparation for the First of Class Flying Trials scheduled to take place aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018. Soon, Collins will lead an integrated U.K.-U.S contingent of Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, MOD, and U.S. Marine Corps personnel aboard USS America (LHA 6) for the third and final phase of Developmental Test (DT-III) of F-35B Lightning II.
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USS Essex, will be the 3rd flat top amphibious assault ship converted to operate the F-35B.
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5 F35B'S LAND ON USS AMERICA

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=97428

http://www.combataircraft.net/2016/1...ca-for-dt-iii/
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