Saturday, April 26, 2014

If You Squeeze It, You Get Lemon Juice: The American F35 Fighter Plane Fiasco - Money For Nothing? Boeing Says F35 Isn't So Stealth After All

I called it a long time ago… The newest American "fighter" plane, the infamous F35 Lightning is a hunk of junk and a complete waste of taxpayer money.   This aircraft is so wrought with troubles that the list would take up an entire article in itself…. The fact is that this aircraft has been a boondoggle from its inception almost a decade ago, and nations everywhere would be better off seeking a better fighter replacement for their aging fleets elsewhere…

For the longest time, one of the key selling points for the corrupt F35 has always been its so called "advanced Stealth capabilities"…. Fighter aircraft in this modern era have had their survival in any shooting war depend upon their ability to stay "invisible", especially to enemy radar and to enemy fighter planes.   Boeing has claimed that the F35's stealth capabilities have been top notch… However, according to this newest article from the Russia Today online news service at, it appears that the F35's stealth capabilities are not as cracked up as the public has been sold… The article is entitled: "Money For Nothing? Boeing Says F35 Isn't So Stealth After All", and I have it right here in its entirety for everyone to view for themselves…. I do have my own thoughts and comments to follow:

Money for nothing? Boeing says F-35 isn’t so stealth after all

Published time: April 25, 2014 18:59

F-35.(AFP Photo / US Navy)
F-35.(AFP Photo / US Navy)

As the price of the Pentagon’s most expensive weapons endeavor ever soars even further, critics are calling into question the cost and capabilities of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.
When all is said and done, the United States Department of Defense is expected to spend over $1 trillionon acquiring a fleet of the fancy stealth jets. But while concerns have been raised repeatedly regarding the program for years now, some new reports suggest that the military might soon sign-on to buy other state-of-the-art aircraft.
On Friday this week, reported that the US Navy has not only decided to drop the number of Lockheed Martin-made F-35s it plans on purchasing from 69 to 36, but that 22 new EA-18G Growlers built by Boeing have been added to a list of unfunded priorities.
Reporters Kris Osborn and Michael Hoffman wrote for the website that Boeing “has worked not so quietly this past year to offer the Navy an escape hatch from the costly Joint Strike Fighter program.”
According to their report, since at least last summer Boeing has been urging the Navy to buy more F/A-18 Super Hornets and Growlers as concerns continue to emerge about the F-35.
As RT reported extensively in the past, the F-35 program has been anything but a success for the DOD thus far — just last month, in fact, it was found out that ongoing software problems were going to push delivery of the Joint Fighter fleet even further behind schedule.
But now in addition to the continuously increasing costs, the F-35's actual ability to stealthily soar through the sky is being called into question.
Mike Gibbons is the vice president for Boeing’s Super Hornet and Growler programs, and has good reason to talk down the F-35s—after all, less money to Lockheed Martin likely means more for his firm. Regardless, Gibbons told Osborn and Hoffman that the F-35 is no longer as advanced of a stealth craft as once claimed, and is not as effective as the Growler when it comes to countering a wide spectrum of air defense systems.
"The density of the threat is getting more complex and more difficult. The electromagnetic spectrum is getting more complex and more difficult and requires more of what the Growler provides in electronic attack and electronic awareness. Only the Growler has this capability," Gibbons told the website.
Russia and China, Gibbons added, have developed air defense systems that put the F-35’s stealth technology to the test. And if those capabilities should improve, then the Pentagon’s widely-touted weapons program may be no match for the offensive capabilities of foreign militaries. Advocates for Growlers say that those aircraft can outsmart some of that stealth-defying technology, but the ability to actually stay hidden may soon be slipping away from the DOD altogether.
Reuters / Kevin Lam
Reuters / Kevin Lam

"[Stealth] is needed for what we have in the future for at least 10 years out there and there is nothing magic about that decade," added Chief Naval Officer Adm. Jonathan Greenert. "But I think we need to look beyond that. So to me, I think it's a combination of having aircraft that have stealth but also aircraft that can suppress other forms of radio frequency electromagnetic emissions so that we can get in."
But as developers continue to strive towards perfecting the F-35s, other problems aren’t exactly disappearing. RT reported last month that a study from the US Government Accountability Office had determined recently that the estimated acquisition cost of the F-35 fleet had dropped by around $11.5 billion during the last year. Just last week, however, the Pentagon published its latest Selected Acquisition Reports, and in it acknowledged that the price of the program had actually increased by about $7.4 billion.
On Friday, former Government Accountability Office employee Winslow Wheeler wrote that the latest report is a “major embarrassment” to the GAO given that the group’s report from last month made claims quite to the contrary.
“In truth, the future of the F-35 program remains clouded, and most cloudy of all is the ultimate unit cost of the aircraft and the impact of that cost, as its reality unfolds, on existing and future buyers,” Wheeler wrote.
Others, however, have suggested that the number of future buyers may soon shrink as well: on Thursday this week, the Australian military was blasted in a harshly worded op-ed published in theBrisbane Times who condemned efforts to acquire F-35 for down under.
“Twelve billion dollars is a big wad of the folding stuff to drop on whizz bangs,” John Birmingham wrote for the paper, “And $12 billion probably won’t come close to the final cost of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters both mainstream political parties are committed to buying.”
“I got ten bucks says it’ll be more like twice that amount, but you’ll have wait 30 or 40 years to collect. That’s how long these things will be in the air. Assuming they shed their habit of shedding bits and pieces of equipment and airframe at inconvenient moments,” Birmingham added. “Like when they’re in the air.”

NTS Notes:  I am also disgusted by the Canadian government under that idiot criminal Stephen Harper pushing ahead for replacement of Canada's aging and obsolete F18 fighter aircraft with this lemon…. Canada could do itself proud by seeking a replacement elsewhere… I have heard that the latest Russian Su37 fighters are available at the small fraction of the cost of these lemons and can outrun and out maneuver this piece of crap…

So here we have the F35… Cannot fly in the rain… Cannot carry enough ordinance due to its ridiculous VTOL jets and configuration…. Cannot maneuver or fly as fast as its competition, again as a result of its VTOL configuration and added weight…. Has supposedly some horrific blind spots that an enemy fighter can use to blow it out of the sky…. Costs a king's ransom for each copy and that cost is rapidly rising…. And now does not have the stealth capabilities that has been the main selling point of the aircraft in the first place….. Honestly, what a waste of money….

I do wonder if you squeeze the F35 hard enough, you will indeed get lemon juice?

More to come



Anonymous said...

The Canadian government was hell bent on the F-35 because it was assured by Lockheed Martin the F-35 would be cheaper to buy and cheaper to fly then the current CF-18. That was a total lie as we now know the official operating costs are three times what was advertised and it will use 126% more fuel then the F-18A. Also Canada was assured there would be nothing that could compete with the F-35 technology in the future and no point in looking elsewhere. If you want to get mad at Canada maybe first take a look at the way the USA operates. Wikileaks has posted correspondence between a high level diplomat in a European country requested that the USA government delay the export permit of a new USA made AESA radar to be used in the Saab Gripen fighter to help the F-35 secure the contract away from Saab. Also there were comments that by not buying the F-35 may put a strain on relations. Dirty business dealings, and what is interesting is the same diplomat was then moved to the USA embassy in Canada. The irony of this meddling by the USA government is that now Saab's Gripen E, a jet that is faster, better range, more agile, 1/2 the cost to buy and 1/4 the cost to fly and in some cases stealthier then the F-35 now has a British made radar by Selex that is better and a generation ahead of the F-35 system. A radar that can detect stealth jets at maximum range. The F-35 will be the military purchase blunder of the century and the USA wants to spread the misery of the F-35 to it's friends and security partners. Today there is an election in a year and Harper will stay clear of the controversial F-35 until after the election. Hopefully by then a fair and open tender process will be announced.

Northerntruthseeker said...

Have you read my follow up reports? It appears that we have been treated as suckers when it comes to "stealth" technology...

And consider the so called F117a "stealth fighters" that were blown out of the sky over Yugoslavia which proves that stealth is a lie...