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  • The Coming of the F-35: The Services and Partners Get Ready | SLDInfo
    as they prepare to introduce the F 35 into service and look to transform their airpower capabilities appropriate to deal with 21st century threats The report is based on dozens of interviews with the services and partners ranging from Italy to the UK to Australia and from Eglin to Yuma to Fallon 21st century warfare technologies concepts of operations technology tactics and training are in evolution and revolution However there is always the reactive enemy who gets a vote in combat Consequently the roll out of new approaches to execute a successful combat campaign being shaped by the impact of the F 35 is critical to understand The F 35 is at the heart of change for a very simple reason it is a revolutionary platform and when considered in terms of its fleet impact even more so The F 35 Lightning II has a revolutionary sensor fusion cockpit that makes it effective in AA AG and EW Allied and U S combat pilots will evolve and share new tactics and training and over time this will drive changes that leaders must make for effective command and control to fight future battles An issue has been that the F 35 has been labeled a fifth generation aircraft a sensible demarcation when the F 22 was being introduced But the evolution of the combat systems on the aircraft the role of the fusion engine and the impact of a fleet of integrated F 35s operating as a foundational element will make the current term 5th Gen obsolete The global fleet of F 35s will be the first generation for building a foundation for a fundamental change in the way air power operates in overall combat concepts of operations It is not in and of itself a single aircraft platform it is

    Original URL path: http://www.sldinfo.com/the-coming-of-the-f-35-the-services-and-partners-get-ready/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Integrating Innovative Airpower: A Report from the Copenhagen Airpower Symposium | SLDInfo
    as well as the speaker s presentations are highlighted and summarized Related material published on Second Line of Defense augments the focus on coalition operations is also included The conference launched a significant effort to think through the core problem of coalition airpower as seen from the standpoint of the smaller powers or air forces or in the case of the United States the role of the USMC in working through transformation correlated with evolving coalition approaches Operators from key Air Forces gave the core presentations that then drove the broader discussion It is no accident that one key element of USMC evolution is new approaches to C2 with allies being developed by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade and their approach is indicative of the way the Marines think about the role of embedded airpower The Marine Corps approach is widely appreciated by allies as they think through their own relations to coalition operations notably given the impact of airpower modernization including the broader use of fifth generation capabilities Although a small country Denmark has optimized its military forces to be one of the most expeditionary in today s Europe In fact Denmark has a core coalition operational competence one that is of growing significance as operations become increasingly coalition in character Airpower and intervention forces are increasingly modular and scalable Denmark has modular and scalable forces in its DNA The conference was clearly not about applying lessons learned by other powers being to Denmark it was an honest quest to understand how to reshape forces to be more effective as modular and scalable building blocks for future coalitions notably as capabilities are being reshaped under the influence of new technologies such as the broad introduction of fifth generation aircraft The rethinking being done by the Royal Australian Air Force

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  • Italian F-35 Pilots First Flight | SLDInfo
    F 35 Lightning II pilot is met by a 61st Aircraft Maintenance Unit Airman Nov 5 2015 at Luke Air Force Base Ariz after the pilot flew the first Italian F 35 training mission U S Air Force photo Airman 1st Class Ridge Shan No better example of this can be that of the Italians now training at Luke Air Force base where the Italian pilots first training flight was on an Aussie F 35 at an American base on a plane maintained by Australians 1 5 2015 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE Arizona Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F 35 Lightning II Nov 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F 35 flights under control of an Italian pilot Today marks another significant step forward for the F 35 program as today s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F 35 operations here One Italian flew his mission in an Australian F 35 with an Air Force Reserve ground instructor on the headset In addition the maintenance team was comprised of Lockheed Martin contractors and an Australian maintenance liaison officer Two U S instructor pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron flew alongside the Italians guiding them through their first flight This has been a big day for the 61st for Luke AFB and for the F 35 program said Lt Col Michael Gette 61st Fighter Squadron commander Every aspect of today s operation was a multinational effort It was a great example of how all the partner nations are cooperating to make this program a reality and shows how Luke AFB is becoming the international training hub for the F 35 The international partnerships were on further display as two U S student pilots took their first flight as well one guided by a U S instructor pilot and the other by an Australian It is great from an Australian partner perspective to be contributing to the outcome of training F 35 aircrew said Squadron Leader Nathan Draper Australian Participant Maintenance Liaison Officer To see a USAF IP alongside an Aussie jet with an Italian partner getting his first flight is seeing the vision for the program come to fruition It is a great day for the F 35 and a big milestone for our team The pilots began the academic training phase on Sept 21 which involved approximately 90 days of classroom and simulator instruction under the supervision of the 56th Training Squadron prior to them stepping to the jet New pilots will be trained in an environment where they learn how to work seamlessly with other nations both from a practical standpoint and a tactical basis an Italian pilot said Future students coming through the course will be able to fly on many different tails so it is a perfect integration When the Italian pilots return home they will be equipped to help develop the training programs of their own air forces and will help pioneer the next generation of

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  • From Interoperability to Integration: Italian F-35 Pilots Fly an Aussie F-35 on a U.S. Base | SLDInfo
    Fleet Italian Pilots Fly an Aussie F 35 on a US Base from SldInfo com on Vimeo No better example of this can be that of the Italians now training at Luke Air Force base where the Italian pilots first training flight was on an Aussie F 35 at an American base on a plane maintained by Australians 1 5 2015 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE Arizona Two Italian pilots completed their initial training flight in the F 35 Lightning II Nov 5 at Luke Air Force Base marking the first F 35 flights under control of an Italian pilot Today marks another significant step forward for the F 35 program as today s missions showcased the full partnership aspect of F 35 operations here One Italian flew his mission in an Australian F 35 with an Air Force Reserve ground instructor on the headset In addition the maintenance team was comprised of Lockheed Martin contractors and an Australian maintenance liaison officer Two U S instructor pilots from the 61st Fighter Squadron flew alongside the Italians guiding them through their first flight This has been a big day for the 61st for Luke AFB and for the F 35 program said Lt Col Michael Gette 61st Fighter Squadron commander Every aspect of today s operation was a multinational effort It was a great example of how all the partner nations are cooperating to make this program a reality and shows how Luke AFB is becoming the international training hub for the F 35 The international partnerships were on further display as two U S student pilots took their first flight as well one guided by a U S instructor pilot and the other by an Australian It is great from an Australian partner perspective to be contributing to the outcome of training F 35 aircrew said Squadron Leader Nathan Draper Australian Participant Maintenance Liaison Officer To see a USAF IP alongside an Aussie jet with an Italian partner getting his first flight is seeing the vision for the program come to fruition It is a great day for the F 35 and a big milestone for our team The pilots began the academic training phase on Sept 21 which involved approximately 90 days of classroom and simulator instruction under the supervision of the 56th Training Squadron prior to them stepping to the jet New pilots will be trained in an environment where they learn how to work seamlessly with other nations both from a practical standpoint and a tactical basis an Italian pilot said Future students coming through the course will be able to fly on many different tails so it is a perfect integration When the Italian pilots return home they will be equipped to help develop the training programs of their own air forces and will help pioneer the next generation of global F 35 pilots http www luke af mil news story asp id 123462777 Yesterday s flight highlights the importance of understanding that the F 35 global

    Original URL path: http://www.sldinfo.com/from-interoperability-to-integration-italian-f-35-pilots-fly-an-aussie-f-35-on-a-u-s-base/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Understanding Concurrency: Secretary Wynne Discusses with the 33rd Fighter Wing | SLDInfo
    warfighter is real development Credit SLD Because we tend in industry to hire to a very tight line enough to get the job done but not enough to be accused of introducing an overrun As a result we do not see the funding to the full up line that industry would like to maximize efficiencies And industry will not put people on until they get slightly behind schedule This is because we re so worried about people cutting the program back as the start is usually contentious and up the line customers threaten to leave us high and dry and having to lay off a bunch of recently hired people And the other thing is one does not discover many problems until we get later in the program The top level design is roughly perfect with the devil in the details This is called integration Concurrency tends to sway like a pendulum of a clock from we want to involve the users early because we want the user feedback and we want the engineers to get beat up and understand that they screwed up in the design This is called direct feedback But you can t get that if you wait wait wait wait and then have the tests and all your engineers have gone onto other projects and they never actually meet the user because we waited so long And then the other side of it is if you waited would you really have solved that problem I don t know It is a question of balance Every program manager is going to be subject to demands to meet the IOC as quickly as possible versus counter demands that they should ve waited and fed in changes to airplanes number one through twenty before going operational Only when top

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  • The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force Prepare for Cross-Domain Transformation: The F-35 and the Queen Elizabeth Carrier | SLDInfo
    by the Commander And the flexibility of the ship is that it can support a wide variety of operations from Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief HADR to high end combat Question How will F 35 work with Typhoon Group Captain Paul Godfrey The F 35 has unprecedented situational awareness and ability to provide information dominance It can handle the 360 degree battlespace and manage the gaps which the Typhoon may not see It is also a question of the ability to manage information which the F 35 excels in doing The F 35 is designed to be able to show the pilot situational awareness in a large single display which is essentially the single version of the truth if you like Clearly other aircraft have different displays that show you what s out there and a certain level of fusion but there are always gaps I think it s key that we use the F 35 to fill those gaps As demonstrated with the Typhoon F 22 synergies we will be able to get closer to the threat with the F 35 and to enhance the probability of kill for the entire combat air fleet Question You are moving forward with F 35 as a key piece for UK defence transformation but to look at much of the aerospace literature one would think that the F 35 is a tentative program Group Captain Paul Godfrey There are 115 F 35s flying now We are focused on how we are going to use the capability not whether it will exist There is a huge gap between the users of the aircraft and the broader puzzlement over the future outside of the warrior community We are just getting on with it We just need to encourage thinking that isn t tied to whatever we ve done in the past The F 35 fleet is different and can be used for force transformation unless you don t We are lucky in that we have a pooling agreement with the US Marine Corps the service at the leading edge of operationalizing F 35 and they clearly get it When they hit IOC those Marines are off and running and I think we ll see some revolutionary methods of bringing high end combat forces together The Marines understand the importance of the aircraft for the warrior on the ground and it s role in revolutionizing 21st Century warfare We are talking with the British Army based upon our joint lessons within the ABTC because there is little doubt that the SA which this aircraft possesses and can be used to enhance the SA of the soldier battlefield commander or general and will therefore be a crucial element for the British Army to transform the way they operate Because the Marines work on the sea the ground and in the air and work to integrate their capabilities we see distinct parallels to the way ahead as we combine Queen Elizabeth with the F 35B and use

    Original URL path: http://www.sldinfo.com/the-royal-navy-and-the-royal-air-force-prepare-for-cross-domain-transformation-the-f-35-and-the-queen-elizabeth-carrier/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Shaping a New Combat Capability for 21st Century Operations: The Coming of the F-35B to the New British Carrier | SLDInfo
    during the operation greatly enhancing operational capability In terms of being an information node or a C2 node we re in a much different place now And I think that s really quite interesting for us as air commanders in terms of our ability to control what is going on forward with the airplanes I also think from a pilot s perspective being on the deck in my F 35 being able to see in my cockpit what is going on in the battle space because my brothers in their F 35s already in the operational battlespace have sent information back to me I think that s really exciting as well We are no longer launching into the unknown We can see what s happening We understand what we re going off to go and do but we can see the real time situation in the battle space before we launch off the deck This is a significant operational benefit Question The impact of the global fleet of F 35s is significant as well in shaping enhanced capability for the Queen Elizabeth F 35 enabled air system as well How do you see the impact of the F 35 global enterprise on the RAF Group Captain Townsend There are many benefits Not just in terms of training alongside each other and seeing the TTP developments but practically when you re in the battle space how much information can you get from all of these different F 35 partners that are out there Broadening that question a little bit further being part of the global platform and global sustainment what are the opportunities there about not having to take all logistics with you What can you do to leverage off an Italian ship that s nearby that might have the particular part that you need but you might not have it because you haven t had to take anything forwards There s an awful lot of questions being raised and a lot of opportunities available about being part of this global platform Again this is something that we in the U K have never done before and there are a number of lessons ahead Question I believe that any new platform needs a decade to put its legs under it But the basic point is that we re moving in a different direction from the beginning rather than spinning our wheels with historic patterns And your perspective is the need to get on with it more or less Group Captain Townsend I think that s absolutely right and inevitable But at least the foundation has been set The partners involved in the global platform understand each other s business from the outset in a way that we haven t really seen ever before I think the closest equivalent you could come to would be the F 16 program that was widely sold across the world but every nation did F 16 differently There were different support solutions for every F 16 operating nation By and large anyone operating F 35 is going to be doing it in broadly the same way with the same sort of broad sustainment solution That s part of the global program That s what makes it an attractive option for everyone that s involved 77671 random 1 0 5 0 Question How would characterize the role of the F 35 compared to the other elements in the evolving RAF air combat force Group Captain Townsend The F 35 is not a multi role fighter Multi role in current thinking would be a sequential series of tasks The F 35 is doing a number of missions simultaneously The concept of mission simultaneity is really important The airplane has the ability to do things without the pilot asking it to do it Automatically conducting particularly ISR whilst it s conducting an OCA mission or an attack mission in a very different way than platforms have done business in the past This is something that other operators are working in the package alongside F 35 need to understand That the F 35 operator won t be going through sequential thought process He will be thinking about the battle space in a broader sense a much different way than a Typhoon operator would be thinking about the battle space I think there is another step change and difference in the way in which the information is displayed to the pilot which is important and is extremely intuitive I ll give you an example I commanded a Typhoon squadron for two years Very early on this job with F 35 I was lucky enough to fly the F 35 simulator and the different way in which F35 displays information compared to Typhoon is eye catching In fact I asked for the simulator to be stopped because I was taken aback by the information being displayed to me There was just so much data available at my fingertips but displayed in a really different sense in Typhoon So very very quickly I knew a great deal about the entity being targeted sensor fusion at work I think it s a very different way of displaying information that any other fast jet has done before Knowing what my wingman is seeing and my wingman knowing what I am seeing and my ability to communicate what I want to have achieved by my formation by my package which all may be by the air wing that s air borne at the time This airplane changes the game in a way which we can conduct that sort of business Question What is the potential for the Royal Navy of having you guys on board and of re thinking where they want to take the development of the surface fleet Group Captain Townsend I think this plays very much into the concpet that Aegis is my wingman I think from a U K perspective Type 45 is my wingman The importance there is that the F

    Original URL path: http://www.sldinfo.com/shaping-a-new-combat-capability-for-21st-century-operations-the-coming-of-the-f-35b-to-the-new-british-carrier/ (2016-02-13)
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  • New British Carriers: Working with the USN-USMC Team to Redefine the Air-Enabled Insertion Force | SLDInfo
    This brain of the ship is designed to manage the work flow and provide dynamic information to enable the infrastructure aboard the ship to support sortie generation rates for the mix and match strike force In common with CVN 78 the Queen Elizabeth Class has a new way to load weapons and enhance the safety and speed of the weaponization process It is highly mechanized with advanced automation Weapons are brought to either end of the deck to be loaded onto the combat aircraft and the mechanism for loading and moving the weapons can provide a mix and match capacity to push the proper loads to the particular aircraft for individual missions of the day According to Captain Chris Alcock Head of the Carrier Strike Division in Navy Command Headquarters the introduction of the new large deck carrier will require significant change in the approach of the Royal Navy There are a lot of people that have never been on a carrier before and the Royal Navy has been since the demise of the carriers very much a frigate Navy We are generating a new Maritime Task Force concept MTF to shape the concept of operations going forward This clearly draws on elements of the past but requires a fresh think as well People say it s not all about the carrier but it is all about the carrier because that will be the center of gravity around which we will provide all the other enablers for the other elements of the task group The constitution of the task group is critical too depending on what we do with the carrier but the carrier and its air wing are the centerpiece enabling the entire task force We have worked closely with the USN and the USMC in the regeneration of Carrier Strike and that working relationship has been hugely appreciated and also the work they have done for us and with us in support of this aim said Capt Alcock Notably the working relationship with the USMC and its efforts with F 35B integration aboard US Navy ships is a crucial one for the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force RAF will operate the F 35Bs aboard the carrier Group Captain Paul Godfrey a key RAF officer involved with F 35 Lightning II Entry into Service described the working relationship with the USMC and USN We are training with the Marines and the other air services as we prepare to embark our F 35s aboard the carrier in three years time And we are very much using this time to think through the marriage between the carrier and the airwing and are looking closely at what the Marines and the US Navy are doing as well In this three year period before we re bringing our F 35Bs back to the UK and in the four year period we ve got before we declare a carrier strike capability 2020 we can have a really good look at how we want

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