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    introduction of the F 35 into the force and the modernization of the Eurofighter Plan Jericho The RAAF Shapes a Transformation Strategy 10 07 2015 This report looks at the RAAF approach to the transformation of jointness as they prepare to introduce the F 35 into the force The Coming of the F 35 The Services and Partners Get Ready 06 03 2015 This report looks at the services and

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  • Shaping the Future of Italian Airpower | SLDInfo
    facilitating the transition in the replacement of the Tornado by adding a new AESA radar to the airplane and introducing the F 35 to help shape joint force transformation In the Italian case the new Cameri facility is a key element for the Italian Air Force Located on an Italian Air Force base used for logistics the Italian government under the management of Alenia Aermacchi AAeM has built a 22 building facility to support the F 35 program This double transition is a compressed version of the broader topic of 4th 5th generation transition similarly to what the Italian Air Force is doing and the interaction between the RAF and the IAF could be a good driver for change And notably the European Air Group has set up a Typhoon integration cell at the same as it is tasked to work through the challenges and opportunities associated with the reshaping of airpower under the fifth generation warfare transition This means that the Italian and British opportunity for leadership is clear in a challenging period of airpower history The clear advantage of a global transformation enterprise associated with the F 35 is that transformation in airpower does not simply depend on

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  • The Mistral is Coming to Egypt: Adding a Sea Base to Its Combat Capability | SLDInfo
    LHDs will be delivered to the Egyptian Navy in June and September respectively Contacted by Navy Recognition a DCNS representative would not comment on the delivery dates but explained Egyptian sailors will be in France by the end of March to achieve their formation The French presidency just announced that Egypt will acquire the two Mistral LHDs originally intended for Russia President of the French Republic met with the President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi They agreed on the principles and terms of the purchase by Egypt of two Mistral class amphibious vessels according to an official statement by the French presidency In early August 2015 France and Russia reached an agreement for the non delivery of the two Mistral class LHDs originally ordered in June 2011 It was officially announced in September 2015 that Egypt would acquire the two Mistral LHDs originally intended for Russia The Egyptian Navy took delivery a FREMM Frigate from French shipyard DCNS last year Moreover a year ago DCNS won a contract to supply the Egyptian Navy with four Gowind corvettes Slated in 2017 the delivery of the first corvette which is developed and realized at the DCNS Shipyard in Lorient will occur less than four years after the signature of the contract DCNS started cutting metal for the very first unit on April 16th 2015 Mistral class vessels are capable of carrying 16 helicopters four landing craft 70 armoured vehicles and 450 soldiers Although there apparently are still some technical details to work out the resale contract and adapting old projection and command of Russian to Egypt is on track For this it was necessary for Cairo to ensure payment of the order which is ruby set on the nail the French defence minister Jean Yves Le Drian said in January While the adaptation

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  • Maintainers at Red Flag 16-1: Providing the Infrastructure for Combat Effectiveness | SLDInfo
    this is how we fight Red Flag 16 1 s training is centered on readiness through completing combat realistic missions in a contested degraded operationally limited environment Despite these challenges the participating maintainers are managing to come together as a team to take care of daily maintenance operations and each other A Tyndall F 22 Raptor is ready to taxi and take off during Red Flag 16 1 Jan 26 at Nellis AFB Nev Tyndall s F 22 Raptors bring a lot to the exercise as the jet s stealth capabilities advanced avionics communication and sensory capabilities help augment the capabilities of the other aircraft U S Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alex Fox Echols III Released There is no one out here saying that s not my job Instead it s What do you need Okay let s get it done This is broke Okay let s fix it said Master Sgt Marc Neubert 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant from Tyndall That is one of the coolest things that I have seen so far Red Flag brings diverse units and countries together from all over the world and across the services One thing they all have in common is the need for experienced maintainers to take care of their fleets It s a satisfying feeling to know that I m part of a bigger picture and that I am making a difference said U S Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Christian Gonzalez VAQ 138 plane captain Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Washington I m really enjoying learning the way the different branches do their maintenance and it s very interesting to see the different aircraft Total Force Integration is a key component of training during Red Flag 16 1 Capt Goldey is a U S Air Force reserve officer from the 44th Fighter Group Tyndall AFB but during the exercise he is imbedded in the 95th AMU as the officer in charge We are one unit and we are totally integrated Goldey said There is no us and them anymore We re all one team We all wear the same uniform and we re all out here to accomplish the same mission There is a loss of knowledge and continuity when active duty Airmen rotate from a base and new ones come in The U S Air Force alleviates that problem through Total Force Integration with the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard A TFI unit brings continuity to the active duty force Goldey said Being in the reserve you have the opportunity to hang around in a particular location longer than most active duty members so we bring some continuity and experience to the fight While most maintainers are not working directly with the other units outside their organization the augmentee Airmen fueling the aircraft for the exercise are the exception They work with most of the units on the flightline We have really good comradery with everyone said Airman 1st Class Alexis Aragon 7th

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  • An Italian First: The F-35 Crosses the Atlantic and Lands at Pax River, February 5, 2016 | SLDInfo
    a unique moment in history and a clear opportunity for shaping new global capabilities The landing of AF 01 which flew first in Italy in September was by one of the Italian pilots trained at Luke AFB in the Fall and highlighted the remarkable progress of the program The flight from Cameri to Pax River added some miles to the program which is nearly 50 000 hours flown by the fleet to date We previously interviewed Ninja when he flew the F 35 at Luke in the Fall of 2015 During that interview he highlighted the unique international quality of the program Question What does an integrated F 35 fleet bring to coalition combat from your point of view Answer We will write the TTPs together The commonality from the very beginning will be built into any operation which you do with your coalition partners And we are working from the ground up with the USAF which is different as well from before We have made significant progress in the past two years which is often not grasped by those not involved in the program And let me return to the point we discussed earlier about the difference between multi mission and multi tasking and the impact on operations You do not have to switch your configurations for air to air to air to ground or whatever the mission for which you have been pre configured You can do what you need to do with the situational awareness built into the jet and the fleet and then fly to the mission During the Luke interview the Italian pilots underscored the importance of being able to work with different partners and services in order to shape the way ahead with the aircraft the fleet and preparation for combat Notably an F 35 A in this case an Italian F 35A came to Pax River for electromagnetic wave form testing although this is a navy test facility In our forthcoming interview with the head of F 35 testing at Pax River we will focus on how Pax and Edwards work together and how testing is being shaped quite differently from how it is widely perceived And Ninja also thanked the Marines for their help in shaping his way ahead with regard to the flight He specially mentioned in his interview that the Marines who had come to Pax River to fly over the Atlantic to Farnbourgh in 2014 but did not do so and in turn flew back to Yuma helped him prepare for his transatlantic flight And he is more than willing to pay back the Marines with advice based on his experience I will give them all the help they need to do this Semper fidelis After Ninja landed reporters had a chance to discuss the flight with Ninja and we will provide a full report on that interview in the near future for it was comprehensive and wide ranging in discussing the jet and its clear capabilities right now

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  • Four Times A Charm? Moving Beyond “Strong Sanctions” To Deal with North Korea | SLDInfo
    There was unity on the members of the Security Council that in response to the DPRK business as usual will no longer apply South Korean Ambassador Oh Joon observed that North Korea s recent provocations have clearly demonstrated two points first the efforts to achieve denuclearization through dialogue so far have only resulted in allowing North Korea to buy time to advance these nuclear capabilities Second given that North Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons under previous UN sanctions it has become clear by now that the current level of sanctions cannot put a break on North Korea s nuclear weapons development He reached the persuasive conclusion that Therefore the lesson is clear the only way to stop North Korea from going further down the nuclear path is to make it crystal clear to the regime that it has no option but to change It is therefore an urgent task before the Security Council to adopt a significant and robust Security Council resolution that exceeds all North Korea s expectations and sends a firm message that the international community will never tolerate its nuclear weapons development U S Ambassador Samantha Power confirmed that the nuclear and missile tests undermines regional stability and violates the DPRK s obligations under four separate Security Council resolutions demonstrating yet again that the DPRK will continue to escalate tensions in the absence of a strong and forceful response from the international community North Korean leader Kim Jong Un praised the test as a miraculous achievement according to KCNA 5 9 15 She added that The accelerated development of North Korea s nuclear and ballistic missile program poses a serious threat to international peace and security to the peace and security not just of North Korea s neighbors but the peace and security of the entire world She explained that With each one of these actions the DPRK moves one step closer to its declared goal of developing nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles and we cannot and will not allow this to happen the Security Council must take decisive action and to do so with urgency In particular Ambassador Power saw robust sanctions as a tool to alter a government s dangerous nuclear ambitions since they can affect a cost benefit calculus that a government acting in defiance of international norms may be making However while China and Russia have both opposed North Korea s acquisition of nuclear weapons they have resisted international initiatives that they believe could create chaos on the Korean peninsula They remain more concerned about the potential immediate collapse of the DPRK than about its government s intransigence regarding its nuclear or missile development programs Chinese and Russian representatives profess to believe that the DPRK s disintegration could induce widespread economic disruptions in East Asia generate large refugee flows across their borders weaken their influence in the Koreas by reducing their bargaining leverage and potentially remove a buffer zone separating their territories from U S ground forces based in South Korea At

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  • The UK at Pax River: Integrated, Innovative and Creating 21st Century Airpower | SLDInfo
    person or a US government person who provides the best solution It is a very well integrated team at the working level It is a very different test process than in the past although what is happening in the F 35 program is the way we are approaching the future as well In the past there was much more serial testing Twenty years ago when I first started the contractor would do something and then throw it over the fence to the government which would look at it approve it and then pass it on to the operator Now with the pace of technology and the role of software we have a much more integrated process We are shaping the evolution of the aircraft as it goes out the door as well At Pax we are testing a software version ahead or a couple ahead of what the fleet is getting at the moment In effect we are testing the next iteration of the aircraft And the Edwards and Beaufort efforts provide important pieces to the evolution as well We have an integrated RAF and Royal Navy team at Edwards 17 R squadron at Edwards is a mix of RAF and RN At Beaufort we have a UK team and one of our aircraft and we are working closely with the USMC That is another key element of the joint integrated effort from our point of view Question You are part of the F 35B process as well as the coming of the new UK carrier What changes involved with the ship affect the F 35B and how does the F 35B handling process affect the ship This question was discussed by both Gordon Stewart and Squadron Leader Edgell and they focused on four key elements First the handling qualities of the aircraft are so dramatically different from the Harrier that they could approach ship operations very differently Rather than being heavily focused on flying the airplane they could focus upon the mission Squadron Leader Edgell I can still remember vividly a Harrier flight from HMS Illustrious in really rough sea conditions where I launched to conduct 1v1 training with the Typhoon As I was fighting the Typhoon the whole time in the back of my mind I was thinking of the difficulties that awaited me when recovering to the carrier My mind was not fully on the task of fighting the Typhoon because I was concerned with the challenges that lay ahead With the F 35B this problem is significantly ameliorated The whole confidence factor of getting home safely is just another step in the generational jump provided by this aircraft Second the U S was building the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System JPALS as the ship air integration pairing system the Brits were building in a new system the Bedford Array Landing System onboard the carriers to work with the F 35 man machine system to enhance the safety and effectiveness of landing at sea Squadron Leader Edgell The Bedford Array Landing System is a formation of lights embedded within the deck When the ship is pitching then the system compensates by changing which lights are illuminated so that from the pilot s perspective he has a fixed aim point for landing But in reality the aim point is actually moving up and down the deck Third the UK carrier and its ski jump provided a way to better use deck space Gordon Stewart The ski jump offers improved take off performance compared to a flat deck take off For a heavily loaded jet this translates into a shorter deck run or lower wind over deck requirements which offers the ship flexibility in how the deck is used 78934 random 1 0 5 0 Fourth based on all of the above the UK was very successfully pioneering SRVL or Shipboard Rolling Vertical Landings Squadron Leader Edgell Normally RVL a slow speed fixed glidepath approach in the semi jetborne flight regime is a land based recovery option Historically when we took Harriers back to a ship we recovered via a vertical landing which is purely jetborne flight Given the culmination of various qualities of the F 35B we can now conduct semi jetborne rolling vertical landings onto the carrier known as Shipborne RVLs Using the additional airflow over the wing and the subsequent gain in lift this approach provides flexibility in operations due to the extra bring back a term given to payload returning to the carrier vice jettisoning prior to recovery We then returned to the earlier discussion of the ITF approach and its future But prior to that we asked Tom Briggs to clarify what has become almost the holy writ for some analysts namely that the F 35B engine is a showstopper for the decks of the ships on which it will land because of the impact of engine heat on the deck Briggs We have focused on this from the beginning and it is clearly not a show stopper and at this point not even a serious issue When we were on the first sea trials aboard the Wasp there was deck degradation from a hot engine but that engine belonged to the Osprey The landing was not perfect so there was some deck scorching from the Osprey engine It s not that the F 35B engine is not putting out a lot of heat it is But in part the flight control system and the propulsion system are controlling that output and reducing the amount of time you re exposing heat onto the flight deck The next DT test will focus in part on the F 35B and its flying qualities in terms of operations in higher sea states and difficult sea operating conditions Gordon Stewart From a purely handling point of view we expect this aircraft to operate much better than the Harrier in returning to the ship in difficult sea states We expect to have better systems to guide you back

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  • The F-35 Learning Curve: The View from Pax River | SLDInfo
    doing it with the third variant The significant commonality built into the program allows for convergent ways to work the way ahead The electro hydro static actuators which work well on the A at 9Gs work pretty well on the B and C at 7Gs In effect instead of having three test programs you have in effect something like a one and a half or twofold spread over the three variants And when you look at Edwards where the mission effectiveness testing is occurring they fly different mixes and matches of aircraft F 35Bs with F 35Cs and with F 35As In a lot of cases it s two F 35As and an F 35B and F 35C in the mix So the sensors the communications back and forth between the aircraft and the maturing of the software happens across multiple variants at the same time We are shaping joint operations from the ground up if the service cultures can embrace this change Question Let us focus on the at sea Developmental Testing done to date on the F 35C CDR Murphy you came to Pax five months ago after your most recent operational deployment How would you characterize what we have seen and will see in the F 35C DT process CDR Murphy For the C when you look at DT I DT II DT III by and large they are very similar to each other What changes is aircraft how we have the aircraft loaded DT I was just the basic aircraft with no ordnance For DT II we added internal stores For DT III we re going to have internal and external stores on the aircraft The testing you saw on DT I and DT II focused on the handling qualities behind the ship landings with and without crosswind launches with and without crosswinds and minimum end speed catapult launches Those kinds of tests are going to be the same kind of tests we do on DT III The difference will be that we are going to do them with a heavier aircraft with external stores Also we re not going to have a whole lot of fuel to play with because we re carrying so much weight in ordnance Question The handling qualities of the aircraft have been clearly noted by the pilots What will be the impact of the performance gains by the aircraft in the hands of the operators Briggs The flight control capabilities of the F 35 have already made it clear that the F 35B training burden should be much less than the Harrier particularly in preparing pilots for recovery aboard ships and with the approach handling qualities in the F 35C there should also be less preparation required for shipboard landing with the F 35C versus the current F A 18 platforms Carrier landings are demanding and require a great deal of training with the pilot controlling the proper glide slope line up and angle of attack With the F 35

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