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March 1, 2019

F-35C is operational

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 2:24 pm
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So says the USN.

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February 27, 2019

USMC F-35s in combat

Filed under: Modeling,Technology — dknights @ 4:51 pm
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Looks like the USMC’s F-35s have been used in combat off of one of the LHA “baby carriers”. This is a good demonstration of the value of the B version of the F-35s, allowing lower intensity missions using the small carriers instead of a CVBG.

February 22, 2019

F-35 PR?

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 3:52 pm
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Is this just straight up PR for the F-35?  Wonder what the true story is.  I do tend to believe that the F-35 may be more effective that was originally thought, as all new weapons systems have initial operational problems.

February 9, 2019

More F-35 news

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 4:29 am
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Japan is now scheduled to be the largest foreign purchaser of the F-35.  Hmmmm, I wonder why?

January 31, 2019

More F-35 good news

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 4:23 pm
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Looks like per unit costs are falling again, to below $80M per unit starting next year.

January 25, 2019

Super maneuverable F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 1:00 pm
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At the beginning of the F-35 testing, stories came out deriding the F-35 for not being able to dogfight an F-16.  Turns out that those stories might not have been all that they seemed at the time.  While I doubt the F-35 will spend much time dogfighting, it appears to have that ability.

November 15, 2018

Hacking the F-35

Filed under: Technology — dknights @ 12:31 pm
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An interesting problem given the increasing computerization of modern fighter aircraft.

October 22, 2018

Belgium selects the F-35

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 7:59 pm
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Looks like Belgium has decided to go with the F-35 over the Eurofighter Typhoon.  Interesting decision.  One result should be to further lower the price of the F-35.

September 28, 2018

F-35B crash

Filed under: General — dknights @ 3:16 pm
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Marine F-35B crashed in SC.  Pilot OK.

September 27, 2018

F-35 first US combat use

Filed under: Politics,Technology — dknights @ 3:08 pm
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Marine F-35Bs.  Interesting.

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