Tuesday, November 24, 2009

F-35 FOC in 2024???

I absolutely hate it when I'm wrong on some part of Marine Corps knowledge.  I hate it even more when some pencil necked geek of an engineer is right and I'm wrong.  Well looks like I have to eat my hat, by the bastard a beer or something because MR. Peter Goon, a member of a group that I luv to hate---was right and I was wrong.

Ya see we were having another (one of many) conversations about the F-35.  Somewhere along the way...I don't know how....the date of the F-35 reaching full operational capability came up.  He said that it would not happen until 2024, and that he got the information from the Marines.  I instantly called BULLSHIT.  Again, to make a long story short, the son-of-a-walrus was right.

read more about USMC Aviation Planning here...Marine 2008 Aviation Plans and Programs Reference Guide....

Can anyone explain to me how the USMC can have an Initial Operational Capability in 2012 and not reach Full Operational Capability until 2024?

F-35 source code to remain closed sourced...

This is from Reuters, via Alert5.com. One of my biggest headaches with the F-35 program is that certain aspects of it, which we gladly share with our allies, might make us vulnerable. None are more important than the source code found on this airplane. Unfortunately one of our best allies has been making a stink about access to this code....the UK. The problem is that the UK is a fickle ally...it has allegiances to us and to the European Union. The French or the Germans would certainly luv to get their hands on the code if for no other reason than to know how the F-35 does what it does. I guess that's the dirty little secret here. The F-22 is credited with being a super fighter. But the enemy and our allies already know how to make an airplane fly higher and faster. That's really no big secret. If speed and ht were the holy grail of fighters then you would see the Typhoon being fitted with huge engines...going faster is easy. But integrating all of the myriad systems together to function flawlessly is the real secret to a 5th generation fighter. But read more for yourself....

U.S. to withhold F-35 fighter software code

Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:29pm EST

By Jim Wolf

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will keep to itself sensitive software code that controls Lockheed Martin Corp's new radar-evading F-35 fighter jet despite requests from partner countries, a senior Pentagon program official said.

Access to the technology had been publicly sought by Britain, which had threatened to scrub plans to buy as many as 138 F-35s if it were unable to maintain and upgrade its fleet without U.S. involvement.

No other country is getting the so-called source code, the key to the plane's electronic brains, Jon Schreiber, who heads the program's international affairs, told Reuters in an interview Monday.

"That includes everybody," he said, acknowledging this was not overly popular among the eight that have co-financed F-35 development -- Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark and Norway.

New Camo

this is from the STRIKE-HOLD Blogsite via Soldier Systems. The Mirage Cammies...very nice....in this particular environment they're impressive. But the basic problem is that even in the desert the terrain changes, from pure sand to underbrush to mountains (or hills) that its hard to work out the perfect pair. Time to work on chameleon cammies!

M-ATV in the fight...

via Marines TV...

US Navy SEALs face assault charge???

 A generation ago they would have simply killed this guy, not captured him.  Now they go to the trouble of capturing this murderous scum and what do they get for their trouble????  Charged with assault!  If it were a joke it wouldn't be funny.  It's no joke and my heart is broken.  What is going on!?!?!?!

Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
By Rowan Scarborough 

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.
The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.
Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

It's official ... the US Navy---if this is true----is full of shit.

DDH-181 Hyuga...

With the Japanese set to buy the F-35B at any minute, I decided another look at the Hyuga class Helicopter Destroyer was in order.  In the short video below, a couple of things are obvious.  In its current load out the ship is not being used to its fullest and its appears to be more than capable of operating STOVL aircraft from its deck.  I hope Navy Research is able to get that deck problem solved...our allies are going to need the recipe too!

Morale Patches...

I never understood the reason for them, but they're quite popular with certain individuals.  The moral patch is a personal mystery to me and when trying to do a google search on the subject I can't find a satisfactory history on when and where they came from.

The most reasonable answer that I got was from Military Photos.net.  There a poster stated that they originated with the Air Force and the Navy.  Specifically with their pilots.  The earliest patch that I remember is those worn by the pilots that shot down the Libyan fighters that chose to do battle with some F-14's.  The major difference was that they were authorized by the Navy for wear.

The current crop of morale patches aren't authorized and I don't see anything wrong with them (except for the waste of money but its not mine so to each his own) but back to the point.  If you know of a better history regarding morale patches I'd definitely be interested.  Also they seem to be a bigger hit in the US Army than in the Marines.  I would guess that it has to do with a difference in uniform rather than standards but I could be wrong.

Any info would be appreciated.

The next couple of patches are from OML Patches...http://www.omlpatches.com/