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  • An exit strategy for the F-35 debacle

    03/15/2021 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 85 replies ^ | by Air Boss | March 15, 2021 06:00 AM
    Air Boss" is a pseudonym. The author has decades of experience in aerospace strategic analysis, planning, and acquisition, as well as assessments of strategic and tactical capabilities. =============================================================== Recent public comments by the former acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, current Air Force leadership, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith illustrate what expert observers have predicted for two decades. The F-35 program and its basic design concepts are failures. Much less widely appreciated are some more somber realities. The strategic environment the F-35 was envisioned to defeat a quarter of a century ago no longer exists, making the...
  • Russia’s Stealth Su-57 Felon Fighter Jet: An F-22 Killer?

    01/13/2021 11:47:41 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 28 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/13/2021 | Peter Suicu
    On Christmas Day last month, it was announced by Russian state media that a regiment in the Russian Southern Military District received quite a notable “present” – it was the first batch-produced Sukhoi-57 Felon multi-role fifth-generation fighter jet. At least another four of the jets could be provided to the Aerospace Force this year. “The Aerospace Force has obtained the first batch-produced Sukhoi-57 plane,” a source in the defense industrial complex told Tass. “It was delivered to a regiment in the Southern Military district.”
  • After OKing UAE F-35s, Trump approves selling F-22 Raptors to Israel: Report

    11/01/2020 4:10:14 AM PST · by PIF · 75 replies
    USA Defense News ^ | November 1, 2020 | Our Bureau
    US President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly approved the sale of advanced F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to Israel, Asharq Al-Awsat reported Friday. The Move said to come as part of efforts to maintain Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region after UAE is all set to get F-35’s from the US. According to the report, the announcement was made by US Defense Secretary Mark Esper during his recent visit to Israel. The US government also purportedly gave its nod to the selling of precision-guided munitions to the Israel Defense Forces. On Tuesday, Haaretz reported that Israel sought to procure...
  • Trump Briefly Leaves Hospital To Wave To Supporters From F-22 Raptor

    10/05/2020 8:18:05 PM PDT · by BipolarBob · 15 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 10/05/2020 | Babylon Bee
    BETHESDA, MD—A nurse working at Walter Reed Medical Center checked in on Trump but was shocked to discover his room was empty. She looked out the window, and sure enough, he had tied bedsheets together and escaped. Just then, the nurse noticed a cup of Diet Coke left by the bedside began to ripple and shake. "Oh, no," she murmured. "Not again!" Looking out the window, she saw a speck on the horizon. A rapidly growing speck. It was Trump, gloriously flying by in an F-22 fighter jet. "Sorry, Pence -- but it's time to buzz the tower!" Trump radioed...
  • f22 raptor spare parts: are they now available?

    09/09/2020 9:11:18 PM PDT · by topher · 33 replies
    I thought at one time that the F22 Raptor was 'history' thanks our 'criminal' president Bill Clinton. I saw that there is a source for spare parts (under Trump). Having 'multiple platforms' means that our enemies must defend against multiple platforms. Can someone comment on the F22 situation? (without revealing Classified Info)
  • This Lecture By An F-22 Test Pilot On The Raptor's Flight Control System Is Bonkers

    07/13/2020 10:33:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies ^ | July 11, 2020 | By Tyler Rogoway
    The video highlights just how much fly-by-wire automation is needed to make the Raptor's super maneuverability a reality. Lt. Col. Randy "Laz" Gordon is an accomplished test pilot, engineer, and F-22 Raptor squadron commander who lent his expertise about all things aviation, and especially about the F-22's incredible fly-by-wire flight control system, to students taking MIT's Private Pilot Ground School in 2019. His lecture is astonishingly accessible considering the complexities of the systems and concepts he describes and will give anyone a remarkable appreciation for just how incredible the super-maneuverable Raptor'sflight control system really is. Gordon covers so much ground...
  • Japan Officially Has an All-New Jet Fighter In the Works; The unnamed fighter will replace the F-2 currently in service with the Japanese air force.

    07/13/2020 8:52:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies ^ | Jul 9, 2020 | By Kyle Mizokami
    Japan Ministry of Defense ========================================================================================= Japan has announced a timeline for a new, unnamed fighter jet to challenge China’s J-20 fighter. The new, stealthy fighter will enter production in 2031. The aircraft will replace the aging Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet, which is based on the American F-16. ========================================================================================== The Japanese government has officially proposed a timeline for a new fighter jet designed to maintain an aerial advantage over potential North Korean and Chinese adversaries. The unnamed fighter, which will be optimized for air-to-air combat, will replace the Mitsubishi F-2 fighter jet, which was originally based on the American F-16...
  • With F-22 Stealth Fighters Running Out, The U.S. Air Force Got Desperate

    07/10/2020 10:09:35 AM PDT · by mowowie · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jun 13, 2020 | David Axe
    A hurricane that struck Florida in late 2018 damaged and displaced so many of the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighters that the flying branch resorted to desperate measures to ensure it could fly enough F-22 sorties. It underscores how few Raptors the Air Force possesses, and how fragile the fleet could be if it ever sustains major losses in wartime.
  • US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted Russian bombers that came 'within 20 nautical miles' of Alaska

    06/10/2020 8:17:16 PM PDT · by Signalman · 21 replies
    msn news ^ | 6/10/2020 | Ryan Pickrell
    US F-22 Raptors were sent out to intercept Russian bombers near Alaska on Wednesday morning, North American Aerospace Defense Command said. The US fighters were supported by KC-135 Stratotankers and E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System planes. The NORAD force intercepted two Russian aircraft formations consisting of bombers, fighters, and early warning aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone. One group came "within 20 nautical miles of Alaskan shores," NORAD said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US Air Force fighters backed by support aircraft intercepted two pairs of Russian bombers in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone...
  • Inside Pentagon, Growing Alarm Over China’s Military Prowess

    01/24/2011 10:52:06 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 31 replies
    Forbes Magazine ^ | 1/24/2011 | Loren Thompson
    Chinese President Hu Jintao had an embarrassing moment in mid-January when his military flight-tested a new tactical aircraft during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates. Several features of the plane looked remarkably similar to America’s top-of-the-line F-22 fighter, and yet somehow leaders of the People’s Liberation Army air force managed to not mention to Hu that the test was happening. So the Chinese leader ended up learning about it from Gates. The episode suggested that although Hu is formally in charge of the Chinese military, he doesn’t know what it is doing much of the time
  • Here's How Iran's Aging Air Force Would Take On America's F-22 Stealth Fighters

    01/06/2020 10:59:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 61 replies ^ | December 23, 2019 | Staff
    Not a fair fight. Key point: It would be much smarter for Iran to use asymmetric means to take on the United States instead of challenging America in the air. With the United States withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran, a war with Tehran seems to be a distinct possibility. In the event of a military conflict between Washington and Tehran, there is also the ever growing possibility that the White House might seek regime change in Iran. A full-scale military campaign against Iran would require the United States to destroy the Iranian air...
  • Russia's SU-35 Is Powerful, But Can It Defeat America's F-22 Or F-35?

    11/07/2019 7:50:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Key point: Russian aircraft are closing the gap with the West, making the need for investments in next-generation fighters more important than ever. Russia’s Su-35 fighter certainly has western defense outlets buzzing--and for good reason. Moscow, despite heavy sanctions and an economy that has certainly seen better days, keeps pumping out new combat systems one after another--items like new tanks, submarines, nuclear weapons platforms and more. While many were indeed designed and planned for ahead of the imposition of sanctions, Russia is clearly making a big effort to modernize its armed forces, especially its air force, and moving past older...
  • Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

    07/18/2018 10:20:24 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 45 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2018 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan The company convinced the Trump administration to buy advanced F/A-18 jets. Can it do the same with the the F-15? FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls, cockpit displays, and radar, according to military and industry sources with knowledge of the plan. The...
  • Why the plane loss at Tindall AFB ? (Vanity)

    10/16/2018 3:16:15 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies
    10/16/2018 | Me
    I am no military vet, so this is perhaps a naive question - A number of planes at Tindall were left on base and suffered partial or full damage. Some were F22's, no small loss. Why were not all planes flown out the day before when it was obvious this was going to be ground zero for Hurricane Michael or near it? Were they hanger queens and not flight ready? Or were there not the crews ready to fly them out? It seems strange to me so many flying assets were left back.
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Here’s The F-22 Production Restart Study The USAF Has Kept Secret For Over A Year

    05/05/2018 3:02:59 PM PDT · by PIF · 55 replies
    The War Zone ^ | May 4, 2018 | By Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick
    We finally see the study that was oddly classified on arrival and it has new relevance based on Japan's desire for a new stealth fighter. Finally, in early 2016, the debate surrounding the need for more F-22s came to a head and study was mandated by Congress for the USAF to research what putting the super-fighter back into production would take. That study was finished in late 2016 with some of its findings openly discussed, but the document itself remained classified, until now. Snip The total procurement cost would be between $40 and $42 billion, with the entire program costing...
  • Exclusive: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan - sources

    04/22/2018 4:41:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The decision on whether to release parts of the highly classified aircraft designs and software to help Japan stay ahead of Chinese advances will test President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul his country’s arms export policy. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” said one of the sources. Japan, which is already buying the radar-evading F-35 to modernize its inventory, also wants to introduce a separate air superiority fighter in the decade starting 2030 to deter intrusions into its airspace by Chinese and Russian jets. The country’s air force currently...
  • Lockheed Should Restart the Raptor Line If Japan Wants An F-22-F-35 Hybrid

    04/20/2018 7:34:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 20, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Reuters has published a report that came as little surprise to us at The War Zone regarding Tokyo's interest in having Japanese industry work with Lockheed Martin to develop a semi-indigenous fighter that combines the best attributes of the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor. The Reuters report states in part: "Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal. The...
  • The F-22 and F-35 Are America's Best Fighters (but They Can't Communicate)

    04/14/2018 1:59:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies ^ | 4/7/18 | Paul Szoldra
    The Air Force plans to start fixing the problem by 2021, according to Bloomberg. It will probably cost a fortune, so if you have the means, it may be good to check out some Lockheed stock. The F-35 Lightning II jet can’t communicate all that well with its little brother the F-22 Raptor. Because of course it can’t. Just like a government-built round peg that’s supposed to go into a square hole, the F-22’s communications systems can’t send its “most sensitive data” to other planes besides other F-22s since they are different from everything else, including the F-35, according to...
  • Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

    04/09/2018 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian air defenses may appear formidable as part of Moscow’s increasingly sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability, but areas protected by these systems are far from impenetrable bubbles or 'Iron Domes’ as some analysts have called them. While it is true that a layered and integrated air defense may effectively render large swaths of airspace too costly—in terms of men and materiel—to attack using conventional fourth generation warplanes such as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, these systems have an Achilles’ Heel. Russian air defenses will still struggle to effectively engage fifth-generation stealth aircraft such as...