Saturday, March 17, 2018

Stealth Saga #73

Sixth Generation Fighter:

The US Air Force is warning the 6th gen fighter must arrive much faster than the F-35 did or it will be irrelevant.

China has begun work on its 6th gen fighter.


Japan is sending out an RFI for information from US aerospace companies to help build the follow-on to the F-2 fighter the second week of March 2018.

The next gen Japanese fighter will be based off a Western design.


The Anglo-French Future Combat Air System may be a casualty of Brexit.


The Indians are requiring any winning bid for the new fighters India wants to have help developing India's 5th generation stealth fighter.


The Russians have disclosed they sent the Su-57 to Syria to test radar and EW systems.  The aircraft has not been cleared for combat.

The Russians are now claiming they have withdrawn the Su-57s.

Israel is very concerned about the Su-57s in Syria.

A report claimed the Russians will be designing a new aircraft for use on its current (and possible future) carriers rather than use the Su-57.  However, the UAC came out and stated they are ready to make the Su-57 carrier compatible.


Is Tupolev struggling with being unable to find enough engineers and technically skilled people to build the PAK-DA?


The J-20 is not using the new engines (WS-15) designed by the Chinese.  The new engines are having problems during the development.  It seems to be related to metallurgy for the fan blades.

The J-20 was intended to be used as an air supremacy fighter, but will be developed into other variants like what was done with the F-15.


China's Shenyang Corporation has completed another J-31 prototype.  It should be noted the Chinese are calling the J-31 a research effort and not, as we americans call it, a program of record.  The J-31 designation is considered unofficial.


The prototype B-21 bomber(s) are being hinted at being unveiled because they need to be tested at Edwards AFB soon.

The B-21 is having some issues, but coming along well.  Supposedly.  The so-called Iron Bird is probably already flying based on reports from elsewhere.  This is how it gets transitioned into the White World.


The F-22 demo team changed pilots.

Watch an F-22 do an inverted somersault.

Listen to an F-22 pilot gas up his plane.

The F-22 pilot that reported the hypoxia problems may have been retaliated against.


The USMC is about to embark on the maiden operational deployment of the F-35B on the USS Wasp.

Watch the F-35Bs arrive on the USS Wasp.  The USS Wasp is headed to South Korea next month for exercises.

USMC Commandant is calling the F-35B key to the Marines.

The US Navy is getting frustrated it cannot connect the F-35 logistics software to its own.

Lockheed is being called 'uncooperative' on the F-35 contract.

Lockheed received an additional $148 million contract for more logistical support for the F-35.

Lockheed claims the F-35 will have really good readiness rates.

The Pentagon is doing a deep dive to figure out how to reduce the F-35's costs.

The F-35's costs are dropping, but not fast enough for the Pentagon.

The F-35 costs issues are fixable, but...

Half of F-35 manufacturing defects are stealth related.

Continued development and sustainment costs for the F-35 will be $1 billion annually.

US lawmakers quizzed the Pentagon over the F-35 costs.

The cost of the Block 4 software is increasing.

The Pentagon is seeking 400 GBU-49s for the F-35.

The US Navy gave Lockheed a $149 million contract mod.

One of the founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream was arrested for protesting the deployment of F-35s to Vermont.

The head of the Luftwaffe, German air force, is losing his job (in large part) for advocating the F-35 for Germany.

The Indian Air Force denies it asked for a briefing on the F-35.  However, the head of the US Pacific Command has stated he'd like to see India buy the jet.

Israeli F-35As may have made their combat debut in Syria.  The Israelis won't confirm, but won't deny either.

The Italian F-35As have gone IOC.

An Italian party that has vowed to end Italy's participation in the F-35 may gain power.

The Japanese Defense Minister stated he was the one who authorized the study of placing F-35Bs on the Izumo.

Taiwan still hopes to buy F-35B.

Terma has joined the F-35 avionics test center.

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