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Australia Abandons Proposal To Order F-35B Commented on: 2 weeks ago (July 9, 2015)

About $50M for F-35B specific mods. The Wasp also had its substandard combat systems upgraded which pushed the total bill for its refits to over $100M.

Behind That F-35 Air Combat Report Commented on: 2 weeks ago (July 7, 2015)

In the Pacific theater, something like the LRS-B is needed, both for strike missions and filling a role as a large magazine missileer. And it's easy to see that a number of F-35A orders could and...

F-35 Unscathed by Hostile Fire in Green Flag Commented on: 5 weeks ago (June 17, 2015)

The credibility problem that the USAF has garnered by its actions and statements surrounding the JSF program leads a critical thinker to have a healthy skepticism about any new statements the USAF...

Firming Up Partner Contracts Is Key To JSF Cost Cuts Commented on: 7 weeks ago (June 4, 2015)

Considering that the F-35A runs about $105M URF (an unrealistically lowball cost,) shaving $10M off each unit doesn't get you down to the $75-80-85M number that the contractor and the program...

Opinion: Time To Define The F-35 Upgrade Plan Commented on: 7 weeks ago (June 4, 2015)

Somehow I had hoped that the program would find a way to move some Block 4 capabilities into Block 3F. Now it seems that some Block 3F capabilities will move to Block 4.1, or 4.2, or ....

Marines Upbeat About F-35B Wasp Trials Commented on: 8 weeks ago (May 29, 2015)

Good work on the some of the specifics: confirming the internal carriage of the F135 power module in the MV-22, and the engine change performed underway. Wonder how much effort is involved moving...

Despite IOC, Questions Remain For F-35B Integration Commented on: 14 weeks ago (April 16, 2015)

Also G- and descent rate limited... At the F-35 hearing earlier this week, a Congressman implored the program office not to allow the aircraft to enter service before it is ready, reminding them...

Spirit Emergency Highlights Divide Between Training, Real Life Commented on: 14 weeks ago (April 14, 2015)

At what point do cascading ECAM messages stop being useful and start becoming part of the emergency (by adding confusion and uncertainty?)

Opinion: Shifting Requirements, Budget Reality Conspiring Against T-X Commented on: 15 weeks ago (April 9, 2015)

The USAF leadership clearly exists in an alternate reality - they don't even have the money for what's already in their pipeline. They seem to jump from one procurement crisis to the next. They...

Approach-Flying Aid Heads For At-Sea Carrier Trials Commented on: 15 weeks ago (April 8, 2015)

Good article, although in an interesting side note, the GAO's March report mentions that JPALS has lost funding wrt legacy aircraft integration. It would be nice if that funding could be restored...

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