F-35 and Aegis Combat System Successfully Demonstrate Integration Potential in First Live Missile Te

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Two pre-eminent weapon systems, the F-35 Lightning II and Aegis Weapon System, worked together for the first time during a live fire exercise. The joint Lockheed Martin, (NYSE: LMT) U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps exercise was the first live fire missile event that successfully demonstrated the integration of the F-35 to support Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA).

During the Sept. 12 test, an unmodified U.S. Marine Corps F-35B from the Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, acted as an elevated sensor and detected an over-the-horizon threat. The F-35B sent data through the aircraft’s Multi-Function Advanced Data Link (MADL) to a ground station connected to the Aegis Weapon System on the USS Desert Ship (LLS-1), a land-based ship. The target was subsequently engaged and intercepted by a Standard Missile 6.

“One of the key defining attributes of a 5th Generation fighter is the force multiplier effect it brings to joint operations through its foremost sensor fusion and external communications capabilities,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. “Those attributes were successfully proven at White Sands Missile Range in a very realistic demonstration of distributed lethality leveraging a U.S. Marine Corps F-35B and the U.S. Navy’s Aegis Weapon System. This only scratches the surface of the potential warfighting capabilities F-35 aircraft will ultimately enable across our military forces.”

This capability, when fully realized, will significantly increase the warfighters’ situational awareness using Aegis and the F-35 together to better understand the maritime operational environment. Using any variant of the F-35 as a broad area sensor, the aircraft can significantly increase the Aegis capability to detect, track and engage.

“NIFC-CA is a game changer for the U.S. Navy that extends the engagement range we can detect, analyze and intercept targets,” said Dale Bennett, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems. “The F-35 and Aegis Weapon System demonstration brings us another step closer to realizing the true potential and power of the worldwide network of these complex systems to protect and support warfighters, the home front and U.S. allies.”

Aegis Baseline 9 delivers a fully open architecture system on U.S. destroyers and is the basis for current and future Aegis Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD). Baseline 9 is being fielded on in-service destroyers, new construction destroyers and Aegis Ashore. The Aegis Common Source Library-enabled derivatives are on the Coast Guard cutters, Freedom variant Littoral Combat Ships and will be included on the upcoming frigate ships.

As a proven world leader in systems integration and development of air and missile defense systems and technologies, Lockheed Martin delivers high-quality missile defense solutions that protect citizens, critical assets and deployed forces from current and future threats. The company’s experience spans missile design and production, hit-to-kill capabilities, infrared seekers, command and control/battle management, and communications, precision pointing and tracking optics, radar and signal processing, as well as threat-representative targets for missile defense tests.

The F-35 Lightning II is a next generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, advanced mission systems, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and cutting-edge sustainment. Three distinct variants of the F-35 will replace various aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, and 11 international countries.
 

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The Pentagon's director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, stated in a memo in late August that the F-35 is "actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver".

At least 15 capabilities in the 3F software package—including the ability to process enemy radar signals, track moving targets on the ground, share imagery between aircraft, use the GPS-guided GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, and operate the plane's 25-millimeter gun—are all still under development and at risk of not being ready for combat testing untill early 2018.

In other words, the F-35 as of now is a lemon!
 

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The Pentagon's director of operational testing, Michael Gilmore, stated in a memo in late August that the F-35 is "actually not on a path toward success but instead on a path toward failing to deliver".

At least 15 capabilities in the 3F software package—including the ability to process enemy radar signals, track moving targets on the ground, share imagery between aircraft, use the GPS-guided GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb, and operate the plane's 25-millimeter gun—are all still under development and at risk of not being ready for combat testing untill early 2018.

In other words, the F-35 as of now is a lemon!
i do agree that as of now F-35 is not a fully developed platform but you just cant underestimate the capabilities of it. F-35 will be the one of best platform in near future and we all know that its gonna take some time. US has shifted its importance on F35 because a lot of member countries complained them of biasing. Though the amount of money and working hours countries have put in F35, it will be capable platform soon.
 

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India C4ISR is also in development phase which will enable us to share the complete picture of battle space in a single picture to our core commanders for effective planning. But we dont have any update on that .. plus our work on Battlefield Management systems is also moving with snails pace.
Integration of all the machines with a secure and single platform is a challenge for anyone and Aegis is one of the proven platform in the world.
 

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In addition to its cost of $120 million a pop, the F-35A costs a whopping $42,000 per hour to fly. Assuming a plane flies 120 hours a year, over 20 years that comes out to $100 million!!!

So, is it cost effective? Not by a long shot!
 

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In addition to its cost of $120 million a pop, the F-35A costs a whopping $42,000 per hour to fly. Assuming a plane flies 120 hours a year, over 20 years that comes out to $100 million!!!

So, is it cost effective? Not by a long shot!
Well said.. On a long term basis F35 is not feasible to India. Even flying an F22 costs the same but flying a fifth generation aircraft gives the airforce immense confidence in its capabilities and strength.
 

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