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The F-35 Isn´t Going Anywhere And
The Pentagon Wants You To Know It

Business Insider, by Robert Johnson

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Posted By:LOL Thomas, 12/19/2012 4:18:26 PM

Canada´s announcement earlier this month that it was considering aircraft other than the F-35 for renewing its fleet seems to have prompted a string of reassuring moves by the U.S. Within days the Pentagon said it would sign a contract with Lockheed Martin for a fifth batch of 32 jets worth $3.8 billion. (Snip) On the heels of the new contract came word Monday that pilots would begin training to fly the F-35 at Eglin, AFB starting January 2013. And that news came just before Leon Panetta himself announced Tuesday night that the freshly trained pilots

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: logiclogger, 12/19/2012 4:21:38 PM     (No. 9074938)

Could have gotten 32 F-22 Raptors for about the same price.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: curious1, 12/19/2012 4:23:37 PM     (No. 9074946)

The LPs considered F22s too far in advance of the rest of the world - per their destroy the American advantage program - so they killed it when they were able to.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: GOPJihad, 12/19/2012 4:59:40 PM     (No. 9074991)

The most important of the JSF variants is the Marine Corps´ F-35B, the Short Take Off / Vertical Landing (STOVL) replacement for the AV-8B Harrier.

Without the F-35B, the flat-tops of the Gator Navy lose a significant capability.

What is most frustrating with the program at this point, isn´t so much the airframe or powerplant, but the systems.

All F-35 variants lack a Heads-Up Display ("HUD"), instead the aviators who will fly the jets will rely upon a synthetic vision helmet which incredibly allows the pilot to "see through" the aircraft as blind spots are replaced by sensor mounted imagery. Getting this system to work correctly and without "lag" has been a major effort.

If it were up to me, I would have saved the synthetic vision for a later "Block" or "spiral" improvement of the platform. An F-35 equipped with AESA radar and Helmet-Mounted Cueing capability, sans synthetic vision, is still a very credible system.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fireman28, 12/19/2012 7:00:07 PM     (No. 9075147)

Agree #3.

And there is a whole bushel basket of other problems also, as is with any advanced aircraft.

Now that the F-22 machinery has been dismantled at Lockheed, one would guess it will never come back.

F-45 on the drawing board? Or will this be the last "manned" aircraft??

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Reply 5 - Posted by: chance_232, 12/19/2012 7:15:27 PM     (No. 9075161)

Am I the only one bothered by the $117,750,000.00 EACH price tag????? Is this thing gold plated and diamond encrusted?

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