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  • A Luke AFB Milestone: USAF Pilot Flies 500th Hour on the F-35A | SLDInfo
    training program for new pilots Hayden is one of the most experienced F 35 pilots in the world and has flown and instructed new pilots at Luke since the inception of its program The 61st FS Top Dogs are incredibly lucky to have an F 35 instructor pilot who has been with the program since the beginning flying with us on a daily basis said Lt Col Aaron Jelinek 61st FS director of operations Lieutenant colonel Hayden s depth of knowledge when it comes to both F 35 systems and tactics add incredible value to squadron operations each and every day This is an impressive milestone for lieutenant colonel Hayden as he continues leading the way when it comes to experience flying the F 35 As Luke transitions from its mission of training F 16 Fighting Falcon pilots maintainers and support specialists to training equivalent Airmen in operation of the new F 35 platform Hayden s 500th hour in the air marks a significant leap of progress in the development of Luke s F 35 program When our most experienced instructor pilot only has 500 hours in the plane it goes to show the F 35 program is still young Jelinek said However it also shows that we are reaching a point where operations are normalizing and we are able to transition our syllabus from training initial cadre to training less experienced fighter pilots Luke Airmen are among the first in a global generation of pilots to fly the F 35 and will continue to reach milestones such as this for the duration of the aircraft s development The fabulous thing about this is that there are a lot of guys who are right behind me who are really close to getting the same kind of milestone in their flying

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  • UK MoD and Providing for Flight Training: A PFI Approach | SLDInfo
    The flight training for the aircraft as well as other RAF platforms is being delivered by a PFI managed on the private sector side by Ascent a joint venture of Babcock with Lockheed Martin The UK Military Flying Training System UKMFTS takes UK armed forces aircrew from initial training through elementary basic and advanced flying training phases preparing them for their arrival at their designated operational aircraft units The third A400M Aircraft delivered to the RAF arrived on a glorious sunlit evening into Brize Norton The aircraft is the third of 22 A400M Atlas to be accepted by the UK as part of a 2 75 billion programme which is on track to meet the UK s future air mobility requirements Credit RAF It is operated by Ascent Flight Training a consortium of Lockheed Martin and Babcock International under a 25 year Private Finance Initiative PFI contract for the UK s Ministry of Defence MoD Apart from the overall contract the main elements of the system include fixed wing elementary basic multi engine and fast jet pilot training rear crew training and rotary wing helicopter training According to a press release by the UK MoD published on February 2 2016 The new Fixed Wing flying training system will provide modern training aircraft as well as up to date ground based training devices such as simulators and classroom learning for aircrew across the Royal Air Force Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm and Army Air Corps A 1 1 billion contract has been placed with Ascent Flight Training to design deliver and manage the Fixed Wing training service until 2033 and is expected to provide roughly 200 jobs across the UK particularly at the key training bases Minister of State for Defence Procurement Philip Dunne said This is fantastic news for the future of our military aircrew providing them with a modern training system which will equip them to deliver on the front line With our strong commitment to air power as part of the Strategic Defence and Security Review and our investment of 178 billion in equipment over the next 10 years this contract is further proof of our commitment to invest in the UK s defence capabilities for the future ensuring that we continue to be a world leader in military flying training The contract which will cover provision of Elementary Flying Training Basic Flying Training and Multi Engine Pilot Training will deliver through a single prime contractor ensuring coherent delivery of the training system Air Marshal Sir Baz North the Senior Responsible Owner for UKMFTS added The UK MFTS Fixed Wing Contract provides enhanced synthetic and live flying training for the UK s military aircrew out to 2033 The service employs modern adaptable and sustainable systems which exploit the advantages of the simulated environment to prepare our aircrew to meet the challenges of future combat operations Air Vice Marshal Sue Gray Director of Combat Air at the MOD s Defence Equipment Support said This contract will replace legacy fleets

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  • The Emergence of the F-35C and Its Impact: The View from Pax River | SLDInfo
    ball and frees up your scan It almost makes flying the ball a relaxing task Question Ease of flying can clearly translate not just into safety but training time What do you see as the impact Answer Before you go to the boat everything stops in the squadron All training stops two to three weeks where all you re doing is banging left hand turns No one is doing any tactical training Everyone s bandwidth is concerned with how they are landing at the ship Once you ve been out on the ship for a few days and the landings are looking better then finally you can start working on what we want to work on again tactically Where you ve just taken a pause from all your tactical performance for the past nearly month that s going to go away with the F 35 which will allow you to be dedicated to your tactical performance Question Clearly the Super Hornet is an excellent airplane but the F 35 is a very different aircraft with a different approach to air system operations How do you see the F 35 affecting tactical training Answer With the current air wing i e with the Super Hornet and Hornet as the tip of the spear we are wringing out our tactics for a tactical advantage which is also at the same time at the edge of the envelope for survival We are spending a lot of time making sure that we have the right tactics and the mastery of those tactics by pilots to survive and succeed It is about keeping a level of competence and capability where you re not going to die There are points where you have a twenty second window You miss that window and you might be blown up When you re traveling at those speeds we are talking really only a couple of seconds that you have And if you re not performing tactics exactly as they re prescribed you put yourself in a kill zone With the F 35 we are jumping a generation in tactics and now looking at the expanded battlespace where we can expand our impact and effect You need to take a generational leap so we are the ones not playing catch up with our adversaries Question Admiral Manazir talks about shaping greater reach for the carrier and your point is that with the coming of the F 35 your tactics will change Answer That is correct and the air wings will rapidly recognize the impact as they get their squadrons of F 35s They will put in the rear view mirror all of the uninformed comments made by many people who do not know the aircraft and what it can do And what we see as testers will proliferate rapidly in the fleet as squadron pilots see the impact on their lethality and survivability http www sldinfo com the sea services prepare to prevail in the extended battlespace an interview with

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  • An Italian First: The F-35 Crosses the Atlantic | SLDInfo
    community functions in an integrated manner with the world famous USAF aviation test center at Edwards AFB California Together these bases are the home of aviators that Tom Wolfe s famous book describes as having The Right Stuff And on February 6 th Ninja was at the top of Wolfe famous aviation pyramid in doing something no other pilot has done while flying the newest F 35 in world Ninja was very modest but it was a true day for Italian aviation pride and a reason to celebrate Historically allies and partners who operated U S generated fighter aircraft would do so sequentially over time as the type model series progressed with U S fighter pilots first flying the newest jets and then allies next as production was generated off of U S lines For example the first flight by the U S of the F 16 was in 1977 however it took until 2001 for the first USAF F 16s to be introduced into the Italian AF Under the terms of a USAF and Italian AF agreement named the Peace Caesar program was a lease of F 16s to make up for shortfalls in Typhoons in the Italian Air Force fleet The landing a Pax was the culmination of a very important and visionary effort by Italy Four years ago on an empty field at the Cameri Air Base near Milan Italy Italian leaders began development of an F 35 final assembly plant In just four years Cameri became the first F 35 Final Assembly Facility FACO outside of the United States The Japanese are currently assemblying their first F 35 in Japan currently and came to Cameri as part of their learning process At Cameri Italian industrial defense workers are both building wings for other global partners in

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  • U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command: Meeting the Demand from U.S. and Allied Sea Services | SLDInfo
    opportunity and they will acquire or build U S flag ships They will flag them in the United States if there s some cargo there for them to haul Question So from the MSC perspective one could look at cargo preference as a proactive incentive which supports the logistical side of sea service operations Admiral Shannon That is a fair way to put it With such an approach we can build capacity in the merchant marine and in turn expand the base of mariners available to us in time of need Those mariners are critical to us because when you look at today s MSC report we have 61 ships in a reduced operating status Forty six of those are over at the Maritime Administration and 15 of them are with Military Sealift Command And they re mostly large roll on roll off vessels and dry cargo vessels and they re strategically dispersed around the country with 10 to12 mariners on each ship When the president rings the bell we go to the union halls and we man the ships up to whatever their manning requirement is It s typically about another 20 persons per vessel So right there 60 times 20 we need 1 200 mariners to fall in from somewhere and where they re going to fall in from is the U S flagged merchant fleet The capacity of a robust U S flag merchant marine and its manpower is the engine which enables us to carry our country to war when ordered Question Are we reaching a critical threshold on shortfall Admiral Shannon We are getting awfully close Three decades ago when I came into the U S Navy we had around 400 ships in the merchant marine Today that number is down to 77 in the international trade Just a few months ago that number was around 80 That is a drop from the beginning of 2015 We are getting close to that magic number where we clearly will not have enough U S flagged merchant ships to generate the mariners which MSC will need to operate notably when we mobilize And it is not just a question of mariners it is about the shipbuilding base and ship repair facilities being available in the United States And when one folds in anticipated war damage in conflict the question of repair capabilities is clearly of central significance Question When considering global conflict the challenge will be to protect the convoys so to speak and to ensure continuous flow of support as well What are concerns with regard to this challenge Admiral Shannon Let us take the case of our support to Iraqi Freedom For example on a single day in 2003 167 ships under the cognizance of Military Sealift Command were moving cargo to support the operation in the Middle East Because the sea was uncontested this was relatively a walk in the park Fast forward to today s Pacific where there clearly are powers capable of

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  • Disruptive Understanding of the Dynamics of Change in History: The Case of the Brazilianists | SLDInfo
    earliest settlers in New England arriving in the early 17th century He had attended Hotchkiss Connecticut s most prestigious private school Like his father he had attended Princeton University Theories like chaos theory can provide insights into how to understand disruptive change But is not about seminars on intellectual convergence of stakeholders Inside the Beltway After military service in the Pacific during the final stages of WW2 he completed a PhD at Columbia University His dissertation was a history of the urban development of Sao Paulo published in Brazil in 1970 He then taught at the University of Puerto Rico Yale and Stanford before ending his career as the director of the Latin American program at the Wilson Centre in Washington DC Morse was always despite his withering criticism of academic narrowness also a very skilful bureaucrat In the early 1970s he headed the Ford Foundation s office in Rio de Janeiro And he was also a very effective head of the Wilson Centre s Latin American Program His most famous book was O Espelho de Prospero Prospero s Mirror published in Brazil by Companhia das Letras in 1988 Morse always believed that Latin American culture mattered in its own right not as a mere reflection of North America This attitude Morse held was the abiding problem of the way in which North American scholars with their narrow departmentalised academic and impoverished cultural perspectives tended to view their southern neighbours The great Brazilian critic Professor Antonio Candido praised Morse s book for its rare erudition and constructive intuition But it was not universally well received in Brazil The Brazilian social scientist Simon Schwartzman found the book profoundly equivocal and potentially damaging in its implications The Mexicans were more complementary Enrique Krause writing in his literary magazine Letras Livres praised Morse for his sense that Latin Americans had indeed created an original civilization The book was never published in English In 1954 while at Columbia University Richard Morse had married Emerante Ema de Pradines a beautiful Haitian classical ballet dancer who was then studying with Martha Graham Emerante de Pradinas is an pioneering singer dancer and folklorist Their son Richard Auguste Morse is a Puerto Rican born Haitian American musician and manages the grand old Hotel Oloffson in Port au Prince Like his father and grandfather he also graduated from Princeton Richard Auguste Morse founded the mizikrasin band RAM named after his initials which performs each Thursday at the Oloffson hotel the fictional Hotel Trianon which was the setting for Graham Greens s famous novel The Comedians The music is a combination of traditional Haitian Voudou ceremonial and folklore music with rock roll Richard Auguste Morse has now become a houngan or Voudou priest Richard McGee Morse died in Petionville in 2001 Ema is still very much alive at 97 But the influence of that master of the eroticism of ideas very much lives on I well remember the purple faces of the Brazilianistas gathered in Los Angeles in 1981 when

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  • An Update on India’s Light Combat Aircraft | SLDInfo
    HAL has plans also for AMCA Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft with futuristic capabilities Mr Raju said the LCA is primarily a digital fly by wire system and so will be its components The development of the aircraft has brought in a lot of technology and experience to HAL which now aspires to be an integrator Modules and components can be made by both the public and private sector companies in line with the Government s Make in India policy and integration of flying machines can be entrusted to HAL That will also help in realizing the potential for exports Significantly he pointed out HAL has started inducting 3D Printing technologies to cut short the design and production processes Asked to comment on HAL s history of 75 years Mr Raju said that the state run company had produced 15 types of aircraft 14 of them under license 3800 aircraft 5000 engines and some components for India s space program HAL has its footprint in 80 per cent of IAF s aircraft There is emphasis now also on developing expertise and training in aviation in line with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi s Make in India Skill India and Digital India campaigns The Defence Minister has already extended full support to HAL in this perspective India has taken part in defense exhibitions in the Gulf beginning with IDEX 93 and IDEX 95 in Abu Dhabi but by and large the participation has been moderate and inconsistent largely because of India s traditional policy of not exporting any lethal weapons The reluctance of the governance system has been reversed over the last few years There is though a new momentum in the process http www indiastrategic in topstories4506 India Decides to Export Light Combat Aircraft htm The second article by Gopal Sutar the Chief of Media Communications at Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd provides his perspective on the importance of the LCA program for India and the region was published this month As far as the Bahrain show is concerned according to Chairman and Manging Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd HAL T Suvarna Raju two Limited Series Production LSP aircraft took part The performance covered aerobatic maneuvers in what is called 8 g pull vertical loop slow fly past and barrel roll in defense parlance He also pointed out that HAL which is associated with the design development and production of Tejas has set up a state of the art environmentally controlled division in Bengaluru for the production of LCAs and expected to roll out soon Image Courtesy Basani Satheesh Kumar Indian MoD However what is of significance is participation of this kind brings less known names to the attention of international customers and media There is no doubt that for countries facing huge defense manufacturing challenges it is important that their products helicopters trainers transport and fighter aircraft and drones of various kinds must be demonstrated at international air shows to impress upon those who are in need of these products The defense

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  • Gulf States Defense Spending: The Way Ahead | SLDInfo
    Left End must be replicated at the Right End There has never been a linkage between the two for Saudi Arabia and a limited if certain one for other states and for these there tends to be a lag so one would expect to see defense budgets down in 2016 18 It will only become evident that this is the case later next year and beyond Have They Fallen OMG Defence spending is down all over the GCC It s a crash A pretty common view of late Because of course Things do seem to have tapered off somewhat But consider a simple study of listed Defense Security and Cooperation Agency DSCA sales notifications for the past few years or major systems Yes this isn t a complete and perfect picture of each and every US defense sale to a GCC country But it is one sign of the state of the trade as these tend to be the Big Ticket items the multi billion deals that cause people to go wow The 2015 totals for everyone but Saudi Arabia seem to be much smaller but Riyadh s demands seem to be as large as they have been even if the 20 billion total is distorted by the most expensive naval order ever 11 25 billion for four Littoral Combat Ships One could well see a match of fiscal realities of the smaller GCC countries as the headline oil gas prices have fallen dramatically As commented before now and repeated here there is little or no correlation between Saudi purchased budgets and the headline oil price and that non correlation can be seen perversely over the past 25 years Ditto a quick peek at the French defense export figures tends to show the same pattern So far there has been absolutely no significant sign of the impact of the collapse of oil prices on GCC defense orders as far as France is concerned and it is worth pointing out the important delivery data which really will see a decline if purses are tight is also not showing an issue as of yet But it is very much case of yet But possibly one can see another similar trend as that of a lot of other GCC defense spending arms transfer data that there is a difference between how Saudi Arabia UAE deal with budget issues and how the rest do so The trend is that The Big Two can ride out fluctuations easily while the four smaller countries have to bob and float on the oil price waves and follow the oil revenue curves very closely Thus for the French export data there is a falling off of orders for non Saudi UAE countries in 2014 although the first down payment for Qatar s Rafale will appear in the 2015 data see below so this trend will get messed up Purses Are Tight But Defence Analysis isn t going to say that there aren t stresses and strains on GCC

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