And in reverse... no need for irBm's as the next fill for HIMARS (when talking about the USMC) will have a doubled rangeLord Jim wrote:you can fire enough IRBMs with conventional warheads to swamp any defence system in place and flatten anything there. Look no further than China for that doctrine
... that simply means that they will grab theirs first; then the rest of 'the club' can share what, if any, are availableSW1 wrote:What’s more, the DoD’s re-supply network for moving F-35 parts around the world is immature, says the accountability agency.
Scimitar54 wrote:Sounds a bit like ALIS (or is it ALISS) in blunder land to me!
topman wrote:The 44% figure stands out a mile for me from that article. Things like that are a pita to manage and put such a handbrake on deployments. They also soak up time and manpower trying to manage day to day flying, longer term dets, PEPS etc.
It's something that has come up time and again but 44% is very high. Also gives a good idea of the fleets within fleets we'll be juggling for years to come.
topman wrote:Also gives a good idea of the fleets within fleets we'll be juggling for years to come.
Timmymagic wrote:topman wrote:Also gives a good idea of the fleets within fleets we'll be juggling for years to come.
Probably for the USMC and USAF that will be the case. But from what we know of the UK's F-35B that's less likely. We've only bought limited numbers to date, and those that we have were primarily procured after a number of changes to the airframe were made. This will be a similar problem to the aircraft that needed upgrading to hit Block 3F and 4 in the future. For the USMC it was a considerable issue, with talk of large numbers of the early airframes being seen as fit for training, but not combat unless extensive upgrade work was undertaken, but for the UK comparatively minor. Essentially the UK is going to benefit from letting the USMC do the early adopter work whilst we've bought enough to start the training pipeline and develop procedures etc.
Timmymagic wrote:For the USMC it was a considerable issue, with talk of large numbers of the early airframes being seen as fit for training, but not combat unless extensive upgrade work was undertaken
Wednesday 10th April. Two RAF F-35B Lightning II jets took off to go and train on the Holbeach bombing range in Lincolnshire. I managed to get some video of them returning to base, with their nozzles half cocked flying overhead which was a nice sound to the ears, before being wafted with the lovely smell of jet fuel
This article refers to the corrosion risk associated with the F35 because of its aluminium structure effected by salt and recomended measures including de humidfying ,has this been thought of for carrier based aircraft ?
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