NickC wrote:The Pentagon has approved F-35 Block 4 programme nearly a year later than JPO anticipated, but has refused to reveal the cost and schedule. Earlier estimate for R&D was $10.8B, UK contribution will be 4.5% for 'common' content, and for US $5.4 billion for procurement of upgrades to the F-35 out to FY2024, costs for UK ASRAAM CSM, SPEAR 3 & Meteor not mentioned. Its troubling as you could interprete the move to hide cost growth and further schedule slippage.
The full complete Block 4 software capabilities will need TR3 hardware (incl'd major computer update) to F-35 to operate, TR3 planned to be built into LRIP 15 a/c due for delivery 2023.
NickC wrote:Forgot to mention that think its one reason that why UK needed to request authority to buy up to 200 Raytheon AIM-120Ds for $650M to equip to the F-35B, as Meteor requires a Block 4 update, expected in 2025.
One could...NickC wrote:you could interprete the move to hide cost growth and further schedule slippage.
So we get a couple of the 'real' thing towards the tail end of our early purchasesNickC wrote: TR3 planned to be built into LRIP 15 a/c due for delivery 2023.
which will only start to be kitted out to spec a year laterNickC wrote:buy up to 200 Raytheon AIM-120Ds for $650M to equip to the F-35B, as Meteor requires a Block 4 update, expected in 2025.
Not at allTimmymagic wrote:That's a Tranche 1 Typhoon's capability from 2010 in 2024.....not a full capability in anyone's book
sunstersun wrote:>Another 90 of the cheaper A variant are planned.
SDL wrote:Thanks. thought we were building more TBH...
Defiance wrote:made and assembled in Samlesbury and shipped off to Fort Worth or Italy
RetroSicotte wrote:sunstersun wrote:>Another 90 of the cheaper A variant are planned.
It's the Express, and it's a sourceless random line. Likely just they haven't kept up enough and are saying what they think they know.
It's still a possibility, but I wouldn't treat that report as a reveal.
Little J wrote: do a split buy (to get up to the original 138)
As the F-35 first of class flight trials get underway, we speak with the people who have been central to making this piece of aviation and naval history on-board HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Lord Jim wrote:So that is a minimum of £2Bn difference at those prices. Not exactly chicken feed though I know things are never this simple.
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