Tuesday 31st of March 2015



expensive donkey

The US military says it has grounded its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet following a fire on board one of the multi-million-dollar jets.

Directives ordering the suspension of all flights were issued after the fire at Eglin air force base in Florida.

The Pentagon said officials had not been able to pinpoint the cause of the fire, which occurred as a pilot was preparing for takeoff. The pilot was not injured.




Indonesia's Sukhoi Su-30 'Flanker'

  • Russian-made multirole strike fighter
  • Max speed: 2,000kph
  • Range: 3,000km
  • Wing span: 14.7m
  • Weapons: Eight-tonne payload can include guns, missiles, and bombs
  • Indonesia also has Sukhoi Su-27s as well as ageing US-built F-5 Tigers.

Australia's F-35 Lightning II

  • Jointly developed with US and other countries
  • Max speed: Mach 1.6 (1,960kph)
  • Range: 2,200km
  • Wingspan: 10.7m
  • Weapons: 25mm GAU-22/A cannon, air-to-air missiles, guided bombs
  • Stealth capabilities: Electronic radar jamming, advanced sensors, radar absorbing external coating

If one compares both planes, which are said to be the most advanced fighter planes available, the Sukhoi is already operational and by all count already superior to the distant future F-35. Further more, the Sukhoi is also being improved and by the time the F-35 is operational, the Sukhoi will have outclassed itself and of course the F-35 in all areas. 


department of supply...

old armament

"The old armament you have is better than the weapons on the drawing board" — an old Kommunist saying. Picture above and at top from Gus' collection of old stuff...

confidence in the paper plane...

The Defence Minister, David Johnston, is expected to travel to the US shortly to receive the first of the planes officially.

A spokesman for Senator Johnston said the government was made aware of the fire "immediately", and said the engine difficulties would not alter Australia's acquisition timetable.

"The 'engine concerns' you refer to will not affect the purchase of 58 aircraft," the spokesman told Fairfax Media in response to questions.

He said the Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft was performing well and would be highly suited to Australia's needs.

"To date the JSF aircraft has accrued 15,000 flight hours. While the F35 engine has successfully completed nearly 32,000 hours of testing, availability has remained steady at about 98 per cent.

"Single-engine fighters are operated by many air forces and Defence remains confident the F-35 JSF will be reliable and safe."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/f35-joint-strike-fighters-grounded-after-engine-fire-20140704-3bdpy.html#ixzz36VRlHthF

the secrets are out?...

US authorities have charged a Chinese businessman with hacking into the computer systems of companies with large defence contracts, including Boeing, to steal data on military projects including some of the latest fighter jets, according to officials.

Su Bin worked with two unnamed Chinese hackers to get the data between 2009 and 2013, then attempted to sell some of the information to state-owned Chinese companies, prosecutors said.

The three hackers targeted fighter jets such as the F-22 and the F-35 as well as Boeing's C-17 military cargo aircraft programme, according to a criminal complaint filed in US district court in Los Angeles that was unsealed on Thursday. An attorney for Su could not be reached for comment.

Su was arrested in Canada on 28 June and remained in custody there, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles. A bail hearing was set for 18 July.

US justice department spokesman Marc Raimondi said the conspirators were alleged to have accessed the computer networks of US defence contractors without authorisation and stolen data related to military aircraft and weapons systems.

"We remain deeply concerned about cyber-enabled theft of sensitive information and we have repeatedly made it clear that the United States will continue using all the tools our government possesses to strengthen cyber security and confront cybercrime," Raimondi said.



One of the tools to foil hackers certainly is to hide some credible douzies, or what's called in spookland — "disinformation" that they believe to be the real thingy.......

...a black eye and a PR nightmare...


"It's a black eye and a PR nightmare, but it's not going to change the outcome," said aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia, from the Virginia-based Teal Group.

He said the jet's absence from the British show was unlikely to affect buying decisions by foreign military forces, but could prompt Canada and Denmark to opt for a competition instead of an outright F-35 purchase.

The reaction from Lockheed Martin was muted.

"While we were looking forward to the F-35 demonstration at Farnborough, we understand and support the DoD and UK Ministry of Defence's decision," spokeswoman Laura Siebert said.

Rear Admiral Kirby said as well as the requirement for inspection of the fighter jet's engines, restrictions on the plane's return to flight also include limited its speed to 0.9 Mach and 18 degrees of angle of attack.

"That was a pretty significant limitation in terms of being able to fly them across the Atlantic," he said.

The decision is sure to disappoint top executives from the biggest contractors involved in the F-35 program, who had travelled to Britain for the plane's foreign debut.

F-35's grand debut plugged for months

Billboards all over London have been heralding the F-35's grand debut for months.

The planes had been slated to follow a route relatively close to the US and Canadian coast, up past Greenland before heading to Europe, rather than a direct flight across the Atlantic Ocean, according to sources familiar with the plans.

US authorities say they still haven't determined the cause of a fire on an F-35 last month which lead to the grounding.



I could be wrong...

This is the atmosphere in the “Let’s Shop Airbus” boutique, where an increasingly diverse product line of Airbus-branded merchandise is available for purchase throughout the week-long aerospace event at Farnborough Airport

During both the professional and public days, business has been brisk as industry managers, specialists and aviation enthusiasts of all ages buy everything from Airbus jetliner scale models and key chains to self-adhesive wall tattoos with the A380 silhouette

Among the hot-sellers are pens and iPad covers made of graphic composite – reflecting the extensive use of such material on Airbus’ new A350 XWB jetliner.



Gus: Hello? Graphic composite?... I believe that they mean GRAPHITE COMPOSITE... But I could be wrong. Having worked in many areas of stuffs and stuff ups, including graphics and engineering, I am at a loss to explain what is "graphic composite..."... I know spiels such as that above are written by public relations hacks who sometimes can get ignoramused in their excited enthusiasm... I am sure they mean:

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer



a lot of money for a show pony in mooselandia...


O, Canada, land of “peace, order and good government.” Land of compromise and polite politics. Land of turmoil over whether to buy the F-35.

As in the United States, the fighter plane has become a rancorous political issue. What once looked like a sure buy of 65 planes has been bogged down by infighting and un-Canadian vitriol, and the purchase is on hold while Canadian officials consider whether to buy another plane.

The F-35 Lightning II is a U.S. plane, made by a U.S. company for the U.S. military. But if the cost for U.S. taxpayers is going to come down to levels that make the plane affordable in the long term, the Pentagon is depending on foreign governments to buy the F-35 as well.

From the beginning of the program, Defense Department officials signed up eight international partners, including Canada. Since then, they’ve crossed the globe looking for additional foreign government customers with some success. Japan and Israel have agreed to buy some of the planes, while South Korea appears likely to make the F-35 its next fighter jet as well.

But as Canada shows, not everyone is sold on what has become the most expensive weapons system in U.S. history. In addition to being a symbol of power, might and mind-bending technology, the next-generation Joint Strike Fighter has, to some, come to represent waste and unwieldiness — in the United States and abroad.

read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/canadas-second-thoughts-on-f-35-lightning-show-concerns-about-planes-high-cost/2014/08/18/3349a1ba-1e37-11e4-ab7b-696c295ddfd1_story.html?hpid=z1

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russian engines...

China showed off its new stealth fighter jet at an air show on Tuesday, just as Barack Obama was visiting Beijing for a summit of Pacific nations - and the timing is no coincidence, analysts say.

Obama is now in Myanmar for a US-Asean meeting but the decision to unveil the J-31 jet when he was in the country sends a clear signal to the US: China is increasing in confidence and military clout, says CNN.

The jet was flown publicly for the first time at the Zuhai air show, without weapons being loaded. It was not left on the tarmac for inspection, unlike other exhibits. While it is Chinese-designed and made, the engines are Russian.

Analysts predict China will sell the jet to countries who are not able to buy the American-made F-35 fighter.

The Financial Times quotes Li Yuhai, deputy general manager of the corporation who produced the plane. He said: "It is our dream to break the monopoly that foreign countries have on new-generation jet fighters. The J-31 will also be a flagship product for us in the international arms market."

Read more: http://www.theweek.co.uk/world-news/61329/china-unveils-stealth-fighter-as-barack-obama-visits-beijing#ixzz3Iyzl7prW