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Thursday, September 10, 2015
A Few Days Off Brings Us To : The F-35
"Today there are 126 F-35s of various models in service (plus 19 test aircraft); by the end of 2019, that will skyrocket to 493. “When we have those 493 airplanes out in the field in 2019, guess how many of them will be in what I consider to be the right configuration?” Bogdan asked the ComDef conference here. “Not. A. One. Every one of the airplanes coming off the production line today and coming off the production line for the next two and a half years, plus all the airplanes we’ve built already, will need some form of modification to get them up to the full capability that we promised the warfighter. That is a massive undertaking..” So says, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, program executive officer (PEO) for the F-35. This is from an intensive series of articles supplied by"Breaking Defense".
Currently exciting news comes from Italy: Via Defense News
Italian interest have built or should say assembled its first F-35 at an
airport plant, and rolled it out the door. It flew off for an hour and
twenty-two minutes. How about that, it's a F-35 project milestone?
Now comes the entanglement of production the F-35 finds itself in,
through the concept called "concurrency". They were right starting
the word with "Con", as in con job. The above Bogdan quote best
describes concurrency at its peak. "Not A One", is like any other
F-35. Bits and pieces litter the production trail, marking a project falling
apart along the production way. The mitigation of the problem is found with block
production runs, hoping containment stays within each block. However, containment
of production progress, within a concurrent plan allows seepage flowing into any
block when having daily updates applied to anyone's model on-the-line!
is defending America from the production floor. Before "anyone" buys
the next bomb shelter, there is some hope for future military programs. Concurrency
is a buzzword waiting
for the next military industrial complex idea. It will be retired by a new
conceptual phrase, perhaps, "Next Fighter Up". The sum of all changes
has to reach a culmination where all fighters are consistent within not a block
but through entire division of military applications and concept.
Starting with one frame, and applying that frame to three different
applications is a nightmare. The Air Force, Marine, and Navy is a concurrent
design flaw concept. The Marines affect both the Navy and Air Force potential
capability. The Marine design must adapt a central fan for STOVL operations.
The Carrier version is beefed-up and heavier than the Air Force version. The
Air Force version is limited on speed and agility of what an advanced fighter
could have been if it had not been penalized by the Navy and Marine versions in
base designs. The Concurrent Three Musketeer sentiments flows with "A One for all and all for
The limitations arrive with having flying characteristics marginally
different than the F-16. There are faster more nimble fighters available as
adversaries. However, they lack the electronic sophistications of the F-35
which gives them "internal" air superiority, and a very long reach with
This brings us to the biggest problem, internal computer codes
that have to have so many updates. The code corrections are awaiting its implementation
while in testing mode, assuring program stability and validation. The "main
edge" over other adversarial aircraft is scattered all over the concurrent
production floor within each "Block model" having a different "Block code version", installed controlling its secret military platforms. It is reaching its final giant Cluster F*** and then it will fly concurrently with Block 11, as its role model.
What the military and Lockheed are now doing for these dismal
concurrent conditions is sweeping up the technological crumbs that were swept
off the table after each "Block Release".