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Posts Tagged ‘F-35’

US Navy canceling program to turn gas-guzzling destroyers into hybrids

Posted by Martin C. Fox on March 9, 2018

Remember one administration ago when climate change was our greatest enemy. Now we find out the green navy’s biggest enemy is reality.

The navy wasted only $52M. Cheap for government work.

Of course reality didn’t stop the F-35 program.

The Navy is canceling a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers, leaving only one destroyer with the technology, the Navy confirmed in a statement.

Citing “department priorities,” the service requested $6.3 million for 2018 to finish the installation on the destroyer Truxtun, but has zeroed out funding in 2019 and in the out years. The service has spent about $52 million on the program to date. The whole program was expected to cost $356.25 million, according to the Navy’s FY2017 budget submission…

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2017 Was a Banner Year for the Arms Industry – Original

Posted by Martin C. Fox on December 21, 2017

Every day is Christmas at the pentagram! It makes sure of that!

When all that armament ends up in “enemy” hands it will just keeping arms trade pot stirred.

Drugs, poverty, terrorism-it is no accident all our wars just keep on going.

Half of Pentagon spending goes to contractors, the military budget is set to skyrocket, and the Trump administration is peddling arms all over the world

$110 billion from Saudi Arabia, $2.4 billion from austerity-ravaged Greece, $1.4 billion from Taiwan – all these deals have been set in motion by the Trump White House. Even if they’re not completely fulfilled, as can often be the case in such an opaque and unpredictable market, the financial outlook for America’s arms companies will keep making other (less lethal) industries look like mom-and-pop stores. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Government Will Make The F-35 Work, Or A lot Of People Will Die Trying

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 5, 2017

Now-retired Dr Michael Gilmore, until recently the Director of Test and Evaluation for the US military, has published his final evaluation of the F-35 program, and it’s a treat.

In his parting report (PDF), deliciously dated April 1*, Gilmore details a host of issues remaining with the US$391 billion-and-counting project, with everything from its combat-readiness to its wing design under the microscope.

“The Services have designated 276 deficiencies in combat performance as “critical to correct” in Block 3F, but less than half of the critical deficiencies were addressed with attempted corrections in 3FR6”, the report states. Read the rest of this entry »

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F-35 Continues to Stumble

Posted by Martin C. Fox on April 1, 2017

Here is just a sample.

Another structural issue yet to be resolved on the F-35C involves the wings. During test flights, engineers discovered the ends of the wings were not strong enough to support the weight of the AIM-9X short-range air-to-air missile. The F-35C’s wings fold at the ends to save space in the crowded confines of the deck and hangars on aircraft carriers. When the missiles are carried past the wing fold, the weight exceeds structural limits when the plane maneuvers hard and during landings. According to DOT&E, until the problem is corrected, “the F-35C will have a restricted flight envelope for missile carriage and employment, which will be detrimental to maneuvering, [and] close-in engagements.” It’s more detrimental, even, than the F-35’s other inherent maneuvering limitations. The problem is bad enough that Lt. Gen. Bogdan has admitted the F-35C will need an entirely redesigned outer wing.
Complete and total disaster. $100 billion worth so far and counting…

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