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 The F-35 JSF/Lightning II thread
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Posted: Jun 30 2007, 04:05 PM


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USA to approve export variant of F-35
By Stephen Trimble
DATE:28/06/07
SOURCE:Flight International

A "sanitised" aircraft design should be approved by year-end to sell the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to countries outside the original international partnership. The non-partner international variant is being approved ahead of expected Foreign Military Sales orders from Israel and Singapore, and as a new export campaign ramps up to target Japan.

The JSF joint programme office has forwarded its recommended design to each of the three US armed services buying the F-35 and final approvals from within the Office of the Secretary of Defense are expected "well before the end of the year", says Jon Schreiber, the US director of JSF international programmes.

Programme officials have also since mid-June received authorisation from US export control officials to release design studies to Israel that include the integration of unique weapon systems, Schreiber says. Israel has requested integrating its own air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons with the JSF, and "they will be able to do their own gap analysis", he says.

The Netherlands and the UK are set to become the first international buyers for the F-35 next year, with Italy to follow in 2009. All three countries are to buy one or two aircraft during low-rate initial production to participate in the operational testing phase.

Meanwhile, the US government has decided to offer the F-35 instead of the Lockheed F-22 as an option to meet Japan's F-X fighter requirement. Boeing is expected to offer the F-15E or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, with the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon also to be offered.

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my guess is that we will look at what the israelis will do to their jets first before we commit an order....who knows....given the relationship...maybe we have already know what the israelis will be doing!!!!
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F-35s are designed to be tamper proof, so there's little than the Israelis can change themselves. Does that mean the US will system integrate on Israel's behalf?
but they can add on I guess.

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Why is the sale under FMS? I would have thought that because of Singapore's close relationship with the US, it would be a direct military sale. And what exactly is the difference between a sanitized F-35 and a normal one?

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Its FMS when companies are not allowed to go direct. FMS is a mechanism to control the weapon export to achieve certain political objective?
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If I recall, our early F-16 J79s were under the FMS as well, only to be upgraded to DCS. However, we are a partner nation in the JSF program, albeit as an observer status.

For FMS, it involves export of items considered sensitive by the US authorities. While they mention that a sanitised international version will be produced, it is also interesting that Israel and us are grouped together, almost like a custom export group.

Perhaps this time, what we need customised, will be done under American integration oversight?

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A purchase order of two F-35 from UK
Rome , Italy - Useful funds for the JSF Program


(WAPA) - The UK Ministry of Defence will invest funds to buy two Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighters, that according to US sources will be delivered in 2010.

The UK's order will partially ease the financing of the Joint Strike Fighters Program which will have the expected budget cut by half in the US's financial act of 2008 presented to the Congress by the Department of Defence. (See also AVIONEWS).

The UK is interested in purchasing the two airplanes to participate in operational testing of the short take-off and vertical landing (Stovl) F-35B. Netherlands is also seeking to participate, but the request to purchase one conventional F-35A is in the parliamentary approval process.

Meanwhile, Italy and the US government are moving closer to create a new assembly and checkout centre for the F-35, but US approval depends on Italy's willingness to fund the full costs of the new centre. (Avionews)

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QUOTE (kanzer @ Jun 30 2007, 04:12 PM)
my guess is that we will look at what the israelis will do to their jets first before we commit an order....who knows....given the relationship...maybe we have already know what the israelis will be doing!!!!

IIRC, the Israelis were having some trouble getting the US to sell them the JSF. The Yanks wanted to sell on the condition that the Israelis NOT modify the JSFs. I'm not sure if they have resolved the modification issue yet.
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QUOTE (gary1910 @ Jun 30 2007, 04:05 PM)
USA to approve export variant of F-35
By Stephen Trimble
DATE:28/06/07
SOURCE:Flight International

A "sanitised" aircraft design should be approved by year-end to sell the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to countries outside the original international partnership. The non-partner international variant is being approved ahead of expected Foreign Military Sales orders from Israel and Singapore, and as a new export campaign ramps up to target Japan.

The JSF joint programme office has forwarded its recommended design to each of the three US armed services buying the F-35 and final approvals from within the Office of the Secretary of Defense are expected "well before the end of the year", says Jon Schreiber, the US director of JSF international programmes.


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Anybody out there care to elaborate what is meant by "sanitize"? Some speculate that it leads to scale down version (with lower specs & omitted features); the other one was suggesting that the supplied aircraft cannot be tamper with upgrade and modification other than by Uncle Sam!

At the end...is it worth buying this "sanitize" version?


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QUOTE (gary1910 @ Jun 30 2007, 04:05 PM)
USA to approve export variant of F-35
By Stephen Trimble
DATE:28/06/07
SOURCE:Flight International

A "sanitised" aircraft design should be approved by year-end to sell the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to countries outside the original international partnership. The non-partner international variant is being approved ahead of expected Foreign Military Sales orders from Israel and Singapore, and as a new export campaign ramps up to target Japan.

The JSF joint programme office has forwarded its recommended design to each of the three US armed services buying the F-35 and final approvals from within the Office of the Secretary of Defense are expected "well before the end of the year", says Jon Schreiber, the US director of JSF international programmes.

Programme officials have also since mid-June received authorisation from US export control officials to release design studies to Israel that include the integration of unique weapon systems, Schreiber says. Israel has requested integrating its own air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons with the JSF, and "they will be able to do their own gap analysis", he says.

The Netherlands and the UK are set to become the first international buyers for the F-35 next year, with Italy to follow in 2009. All three countries are to buy one or two aircraft during low-rate initial production to participate in the operational testing phase.

Meanwhile, the US government has decided to offer the F-35 instead of the Lockheed F-22 as an option to meet Japan's F-X fighter requirement. Boeing is expected to offer the F-15E or F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, with the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon also to be offered.

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I think US wanted to sell the export variant of F35 without any form of modification being carry out. The main reason is to guard against sensitive advanced material, avionics and weapon delivery technology that come with this aircraft being leak to unauthorised party.

IDF-AF is known to integrate their ingenious weapon and self-defence system and who-know-what other system into their aircraft. Look at their Vipers and Strike Eagles and you will know what I mean.

The article mentioned that the US is releasing design studies to Israel that include the integration of unique weapon systems. The document will allow the Israelis to do their own gap analysis. From technology and weapon system standpoint this is good news for RSAF too. This will mean that we are able to integrate our system (or Israelis'?) that is unique to us.

At this point of time no one know what is the actual specification with regard to the export variant of F35. It's too early to discuss without information. The initial outlay can run into billion of dollars if a decision is made to acquire this stealthy fighter. I believe IDF-AF and RSAF is not stupid enough to spend $$$ on a watered-down version of F35.

Please click the link for those who like to know more about Foreign Military Sales (FMS). This topic was being discussed in earlier thread.


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QUOTE (johngage @ Jun 30 2007, 09:59 PM)
And what exactly is the difference between a sanitized F-35 and a normal one?

According to what is floating around, all members of the F-35 program will be getting the standard F-35.

Those not in the program will most likely be getting the export version.

As for Israel and SG which are not full member but as observers, will they be getting the standard F-35?

One thing , eventhough Israel is not a full member, there are reports that some full member actually complained abt Israel having more work done than they are!!!

So I dun think Israel will accept the export version of F-35, since their heavy involvement in the program as well as being a close ally of US and one of the her neighbour, Turkey will be getting the standrad F-35.

So what is this "sanitised" version anyway?

Based on past history, Israel always try to incorporate some their own avionics into the planes that they have purchased.

So "sanitised" version could be part of the avionics of the standard F-35 being removed for incorporation of the Israeli version as reported here:

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Programme officials have also since mid-June received authorisation from US export control officials to release design studies to Israel that include the integration of unique weapon systems, Schreiber says. Israel has requested integrating its own air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons with the JSF, and "they will be able to do their own gap analysis", he says.



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isnt it noted that RSAF would participate in the SDD phase of the F-35?

maybe we have upgraded our standing in the F-35?

formally i read that we were mere observers... paying something like 5 million dollar for reports from the F-35 project.

now.. it appears that we actually paid 50 million dollar like the isrealis... maybe we are somewhere deeper involved than previously envisioned?

anyway.. if the F-35 dont match up.. we can always keep buying the F-15SG laugh.gif


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I was thinking that SANITIZED means essential systems are "blackboxed" to prevent reverse-engineering, to prevent non-partners from technology gains that they didn't help pay to develop. But again, I thought that security measure was already designed in and no other "santitation" needs to be done

But, that fits with why the israeli version's integration is done by the yanks on their behalf.


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I think it means no tempering. Probably need to sign some agreement not to meddle and also have some source code removed, some equipment black boxed as Milfan mentioned.
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The first test aircraft, an F-35A model AA-1, had its formal rollout on July 7, 2006. The F-35B STOVL¡¦s forced redesign for weight reasons has led to F-35 AA-1 being a unique airframe used to validate design, manufacturing, assembly and test processes. The first optimised-airframe F-35B STOVL is being assembled by Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and BAE Systems; it is scheduled to fly in February 2008. The first optimized-airframe F-35A will follow in August 2008, and the first F-35C carrier variant is scheduled for flight in January 2009. A total of 23 test aircraft are scheduled to be built for various purposes

The JSF program is "tiered", with 4 possible levels of participation based on admission levels and funding commitments for the System Design & Development (SDD) phase. Note that all totals below are in US dollar equivalents:
- Tier 1 Partners: The USA+ (majority commitment), Britain+ ($2 billion)
- Tier 2 Partners: Italy ($1 billion); The Netherlands+ ($800 million)
- Tier 3 Partners: Australia+ ($150M), Canada+ ($150M), Denmark ($125M), Norway ($125M), Turkey ($175M)
- Observer status: Israel ($35M), Singapore.
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+ = signed the Phase 3 Production MoU
http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/f35-jo...-fy-2006-02206/

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Virtual fighter
By Mike Gerzanics

DATE:31/07/07
SOURCE:Flight International

It has become fashionable to talk of fighters in terms of generations that broadly describe their capabilities. Within this paradigm the F-15, F-16 and F-18 represent the fourth generation, while Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force have laid claim to the fifth generation with the F-22 and F-35. This groups the best of the rest - Gripen, Super Hornet, Typhoon and Rafale - within "generation 4.5", a label disputed by their manufacturers.

But whatever distinguishes a fifth-generation fighter - and the definition has evolved from F-22 to F-35 - the combination of intrinsic stealth and integrated sensors sets these aircraft apart. It may lack the F-22's supercruise and thrust-vector manoeuverability, but the F-35 promises a more-affordable, multi-role capability. It will also come in three versions: conventional take-off and landing, short take-off and vertical landing and carrier-based.

How effectively the F-35's fifth-generation capabilites can be employed will depend to a large extent on the effectiveness of what Lockheed calls the "pilot vehicle interface". Here sensor, system and weapon capabilities must come together in a way that allows the pilot to focus on managing the mission and not flying the aircraft.

The F-35 mission system will fuse data from a number of active and passive sensors. These include the Northrop Grumman APG-81 actively electronically scanned array radar, while under the nose is a faceted "window" for the Lockheed electro-optical targeting system (EOTS), comprising a gimballed infrared sensor and laser.

The most intriguing passive sensor on the F-35 is the Northrop distributed aperture system (DAS). This has six staring uncooled infrared sensors located around the aircraft to provide a spherical view of the world surrounding the F-35. The IR imagery is presented in the pilot's helmet-mounted display and allows him to "see through" the aircraft. Imagery can also be presented on the main 20 x 8in (50 x 20cm) cockpit display. DAS and HMD combine to eliminate the need for night vision goggles.

Advanced datalink

In addition to its on-board sensors, there are two datalink systems. The first is Link 16, which allows any number of off-board sources to send data to the F-35. The second is the JSF-specific multi-advanced datalink, which connects the F-35s in a formation and allows them to see each other's tactical data.

Flight International was able to experience the F-35's cockpit first hand during a recent visit to Lockheed's Fort Worth, Texas facility. Hosted by test pilot David "Doc" Nelson, I was shown around AA-1, the first F-35 test aircraft, to get a feel for the cockpit and how it compares with the F-16, a fighter with which I am familiar. I then "flew" the F-35 PVI development simulator, a fixed-base cockpit mockup with working displays and controls.

My first impression on climbing into AA-1 was that the ejection seat, by Martin-Baker, is lower in the airframe than in the F-16. Pilots used to the F-16's single-piece canopy will at first be disappointed by the F-35's canopy bow. Its main purpose is to fuse the transparency's two sections. The forward section is designed to withstand a birdstrike at high speed and low altitude. The larger and thinner aft section is flat at the sides, to reduce radar returns. A detonating cord splits the aft section in half and creates an opening for the seat, improving low-altitude and low-speed ejection survivability - especially critical in STOVL operations.

Field of view over the nose is excellent, enhanced by the small radome enclosing the active-array radar. AA-1 is a CTOL variant, and FoV back towards the 6 o'clock position between the twin tails was good, but not as good as in an F-16. Nelson says the rearward visibility in the F-35B STOVL variant will be compromised by the bump for the lift fan aft of the cockpit. The cockpit itself is quite wide and felt spacious compared with an F-16's. The seat is adjustable electrically up and down, with rudder pedals manually adjustable.

On hand for my familiarisation with the cockpit systems in the simulator was Mike Skaff, senior manager F-35 PVI. Overall, the simulator was little changed from the JSF cockpit concept demonstrator he had shown me during a visit to Fort Worth seven years earlier. But this time the avionics software represented the Block 3 mission-system standard planned for the F-35 at entry into service.

There is one major change to the F-35 cockpit - the main panel now comprises two 10 x 8in liquid-crystal displays mounted side-by-side. Supplied by L-3 Communications, these replace the single 20 x 8in rear-projection screen and dual projectors used in AA-1.

The F-35 will employ a Vision Systems International HMD as the primary flight instrument, and there is no conventional head-up display on the glareshield. I was able to try on the helmet, which uses binocular optics to project symbology and imagery on to the visor, giving the pilot an extreme off-axis targeting capability. It weighed less than a comparable helmet fitted with separate NVGs.

Seated in the simulator, my left hand fell to the large throttle, called the "cow pie" due to its size and shape, which moves along a long linear track. The active throttle is back-driven by the autothrottle system and has variable electronic detents for afterburner and STOVL operations. There is no "cut-off" position, a single guarded engine master switch performing that function.

My right hand gripped a sidestick similar in design to that in late-model F-16s, with an adjustable hand rest at its base with a sidewall-mounted armrest located aft. The active sidestick is back driven by the autoflight system and has about 40mm (1.5in) of movement in all directions. Originally it was to be a semi-fixed inceptor like the F-16's, responding to force applied rather than movement, but concerns about the demands of vertical flying led to an active stick.

The F-35 cockpit is notable for its lack of switches, but this is more than made up by the large number on the throttle and stick. There are 14 switches and buttons on the throttle, some of them having five positions. Another 12 are located on the sidestick. At first the sheer number of switches and their placement was bewildering, but after an hour in the PVI simulator I was comfortable using them. Their general layout is similar to other fighters', there were just a lot more of them.

To maintain needed commonality between F-35 versions there have been some compromises in the cockpit, so US Navy pilots will have to get used to firing missles with the red pickle button on the sidestick rather than using a trigger. And all throttles, regardless of the variant, will have the "external lights switch" needed for carrier operations.

Limited voice recognition

While not demonstrated in the PVI simulator, the F-35 will have a limited voice recognition system. F-35 chief test pilot Jon Beesley says "finger activation is faster than voice activation", and Lockeed has chosen to use voice control for housekeeping chores and other tasks that require a lot of manual data entry. As currently envisaged, voice commands will be displayed in a scratchpad in the HMD. Only after the pilot has reviewed and accepted the entry will it be executed by the system.

One enhancement planned is three-dimensional audio. Stereo headphones in the helmet enable threat cues and radio calls to be placed relative to their source, helping the pilot build a better 3D picture of the tactical environment.

The heart of the F-35's cockpit is the large forward display. A 25mm band at the top of the display is dedicated to function access buttons. In the upper left is the "thrustometer", which shows percent of engine thrust in use: 100% is maximum dry and 150%is maximum afterburner. Touching the screen brings up an expanded engine display. A fuel bar is located next to the thrustometer: touching it brings up an expanded fuel system display. Abbreviated stores data is also shown, with the remainder of the bar dedicated to the integrated caution and warning system.

The large lower display area can be divided up into a number of portals of varying sizes - the largest being 10 x 7in, which occupies half the available display area. This area can be further broken down into two portals, each of 5 x 7in. Each of these, in turn, can be split into three portals: one of 5 x 5in at the top with two of 2.5 x 2in below. Display control was fairly intuitive, with blue-hashed corners showing how portals could be expanded. The pilot interacts with the portals either by touching the screen or using the HOTAS switches.

Integrated avionics

The F-35's avionics are highly integrated, and for weapons targeting and employment the system must have a point of interest. A cursor designates the system's point of interest and is controlled by the slew switch/cursor control on the throttle. The cursor navigates within the active portal, indicated by a yellow corner hash mark. The portal of interest (PoI) can be the HMD, DAS, radar, EOTS or tactical situation display (TSD). Changing PoIs is primarily accomplished using the data management switch on the sidestick. The cursor's shape changes as function of the PoI and target type (airborne or surface).

The large display area is a palette on which a detailed picture of the tactical situation can be presented. Fused data from the active and passive sensors, as well as datalink information, is used to present the tactical situation in real time. Typically a pilot will use half the display (10 x 7in) for the TSD. The display scale can be tailored to the situation, with ranges from 18.5km (10nm) to 1,185km available. Own ship position, as well as that of other formation members, is in blue. Ground and airborne points/targets are colour-coded: green friendly, yellow undetermined and red hostile.

Target depictions are graphically coded to indicate where the information came from. For airborne targets, shown as a lollypop, the circle is either hollow, half filled or full. Hollow indicates on-board data alone filled indicates only off-board sensors half filled means both on- and off-board sensors are seeing the target. The stick of the lollypop is at first a velocity vector. When the sensors get a lock, the stick increases in length, approaching but not touching the targeted aircraft. The stick extends to touch the targeted aircraft when the fused sensors determine the F-35 has a launch solution on its target. Geographic boxes/lines can be displayed to show areas such as missile engagement and no-fly zones.

Shoot list

To give me a better feel for the F-35's capabilities, Skaff set up two scenarios, one air-to-air and the other air-to-surface. For the air-to-air engagement, my four-ship formation of F-35s targeted four Red aircraft. Using the cursor I locked on to all four aircraft to develop a shoot list. When locked to a target, an expanded data block is presented on the TSD. This identifies the aircraft type, as determined by the numerous sensors, with system confidence level for the determination. Also presented are target range, closure velocity, aspect angle and which sensors are seeing the target.

The targets now all had upright red triangles over them, with numbers corresponding to their priority in the shoot list. On the lower left-hand corner of the TSD was a relative height scale, which showed the altitude of my aircraft and the four targets on a vertical bar. The red lollypop symbols advanced towards my formation, our presence undetected.

At maximum engagement range, as indicated in the HMD, I launched a generic radar-guided missile at the first aircraft in my shoot list. Using the tactical management switch on the sidestick I stepped through the shoot list to engage the fourth target, leaving numbers two and three for my wingmen. I launched the second missile at number four, and the flight of both missiles was tracked and presented on both the HMD and TSD. Time to impact was also presented, a neat feature. All four Red aircraft destroyed, the exercise was terminated to set up the air-to-surface scenario.

For the ground-attack exercise, the F-35 was positioned north of Nellis AFB, Nevada. The targets, several hangars on the flightline, would be engaged with 1,000lb (450kg) GPS-guided bombs. The cockpit display was configured with a 5 x 7in TSD portal to the far left, 5 x 7in DAS portal middle left, 5 x 7in EOTS portal middle right and 5 x 7in synthetic aperture radar portal far right. After placing the cursor in the SAR portal to designate the PoI, I turned 20e_SDgr away from the target to enhance the Doppler return from the target area.

The time required for the radar to build a usable SAR image was shown. Using the stored SAR picture I slewed the cursor over the first hangar. Next I moved the cursor to the EOTS portal to refine my aimpoint, a first-floor window. The target was designated using the TMS switch, making it the first in my shoot list. A second hangar, further south on the field, was the next target, again selected using the stored SAR picture and the aimpoint refined with the EOTS display.

A total of five targets were designated, each represented on the TSD as an inverted red triangle. Had enemy air defences been present, their altitude-dependent lethality zones would have been presented on the TSD to show areas to avoid on the run-in. The first target on the shoot list was chosen for engagement. Flying towards the target, a launch acceptability region was presented on the TSD, "centred" over the target. Holding the pickle button on the sidestick consented to weapon release. Time to release was presnted in the HMD and TSD.

The second target on the shoot list was the next and last to be engaged. As with the first hangar, the only required pilot action now was to fly the F-35 into the launch basket and consent to bomb release.

While the F-35 is several years away from entering service, Lockheed and its partners appear to be well on the way to fielding a highly integrated fifth-generation fighter. The F-35 may not supercruise or have the manoeuv­rability of an F-22, but its stealth is on par with its high-priced stablemate. Combined with fused tactical information from both on- and off-board sensors, stealth should allow the F-35 to engage a wide range of targets - some having no idea what hit them.

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Israel sets F-35 Joint Strike Fighter specifications
By Arie Egozi
DATE:30/08/07
SOURCE:Flightglobal.com

The Israeli air force has completed a review of its design requirements for a national variant of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with Tel Aviv expecting to make a decision to buy up to 100 of the US aircraft under a multi-year procurement.

Details of the air force's unique requirements remain classified, but are known to include a locally built electronic-warfare suite and a new internally carried bomb to be developed by Israel Military Industries.

The general staff of the Israeli defence forces will soon decide how many F-35s will be purchased and establish a preferred delivery schedule. "We want this aircraft as soon as possible," says a senior air force source....................

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General Norman Schwartzkof on people who have harboured & abetted terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks.
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Posted: Sep 3 2007, 05:56 PM


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QUOTE (gary1910 @ Sep 2 2007, 07:48 PM)
Israel sets F-35 Joint Strike Fighter specifications
By Arie Egozi
DATE:30/08/07
SOURCE:Flightglobal.com

The Israeli air force has completed a review of its design requirements for a national variant of Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, with Tel Aviv expecting to make a decision to buy up to 100 of the US aircraft under a multi-year procurement.

Details of the air force's unique requirements remain classified, but are known to include a locally built electronic-warfare suite and a new internally carried bomb to be developed by Israel Military Industries.

The general staff of the Israeli defence forces will soon decide how many F-35s will be purchased and establish a preferred delivery schedule. "We want this aircraft as soon as possible," says a senior air force source....................

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It is possible that our possible Singapore variant of the F-35 is based on the IAF's specifications, provided that we won't be getting some water-down version. biggrin.gif
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Subject: JSF Purchases - Israel and Singapore Open Talks

Multinational Team Considering Early JSF Buy Numbers
Aviation Week & Space Technology
09/17/2007, page 35

A team of top officers from Lockheed Martin and nine partner nations in the $40-billion Joint Strike Fighter development program plan to meet for the first time this month to begin discussions on a coordinated purchase of F-35s designed to stabilize production rates and cost.

The partner nations have agreed to varying levels of development funding, though they’ve not yet committed to production numbers.

Flyaway price relies heavily on economies of scale. Lockheed Martin officials hope through the so-called “Lightning Strike” effort to get a firm commitment from each country.

Negotiations would continue with each individual country on the particulars of their buys, but the aggregate will factor into flyaway cost.

The company hopes to get commitments for at least 100 aircraft through 2011, and for another 1,300 through 2018 (including 800 for the U.S.).

Though not part of the JSF development program, Israel and Singapore are also in talks to purchase the single-engine fighter. Dan Crowley, Lockheed Martin JSF vice president, says the configuration for those two countries should be finalized by year-end.

The international team is expected to report its findings in December, Crowley says.

http://www.strategypage.com/militaryforums/6-47110.aspx
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Subject: Israel Selects F-35
Aviation Week, Sept. 10, 2007, page 20

The Israeli military has unveiled a defense spending plan that should take effect in January. The plan, called "Tefen," emphasizes improving ground forces, which is a priority in the wake of perceived shortcoming during last year's war in Lebanon. For the air force, the modernization plan calls for acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, as well as further unmanned aircraft,

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