The U.S. Air Force may have to cut its purchases of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 by a third if it can’t find ways to reduce operations and support costs by as much as 38 percent over a decade, according to an internal analysis.The shortfall would force the service to subtract 590 of the fighter jets from the 1,763 it plans to order, the Air Force office charged with evaluating the F-35’s impact on operations and budgets, in an assessment obtained by Bloomberg News.While the Defense Department has said it has gained control over costs for developing and producing a fleet of 2,456 F-35s for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps -- now projected at $406 billion -- the internal analysis underscores the current and looming challenges of maintaining and operating the warplanes.It may cost as much as $1.1 trillion to keep the F-35s flying and maintained through 2070, according to the current estimate from the Pentagon’s independent cost unit.A chart in the Air Force … [Read more...] about Air Force Risks Losing Third of F-35s If Upkeep Costs Aren’t Cut
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The US Navy has roped in Northrop Grumman (NG) to build missiles that can get through ever-widening and powerful enemy integrated air defence systems. Orbital ATK, now operating under NG, will begin the development of the missile which needs to work with the F-35 joint strike fighter, reports the War Zone. Called Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile - Extended Range (Aargm-er), the missile will need to target and destroy air defence units. Aargm-er will first be designed to be carried by the Navy's F-35C class fighters and will eventually get to the Air Force's F-35A class planes. It might even reach other platforms at a later stage. The announcement was made by Orbital ATK but the actual value of the contract was not disclosed. Aargm-er will be a supersonic, air-launched tactical missile specifically for the destruction of enemy air defence. Aargm-er will be an upgrade to the AGM-88E legacy missile system with additional rocket engines and a tail control system. The missile will fit … [Read more...] about US Navy recruits Orbital ATK to build anti-air defence missiles for its F-35 joint strike fighters
HUNDREDS of commuters were seen battling the rush-hour crowds at London’s Waterloo station today as engineering works closed half of the platforms.Passengers faced long queues to board fewer trains during the first day of reduced services from the busy station and some took to social media to describe the chaotic scenes as "terrifying".As the evening rush-hour began at around 4pm the concourse became busier as commuters stood in front of the departure boards to find their trains.They were forced to battle to get on trains which were only running every hour to some destinations and with far fewer carriages.Passengers took to social media to complain about being "trapped in a tunnel packed full of people" trying to get out of Waterloo tube station.“Not going to lie, being trapped in a tunnel packed full of people trying to get out of Waterloo tube station was f***ing terrifying.“Finally reach the exit after 15 minutes and there’s a human chain of @SW_Trains people … [Read more...] about Waterloo station upgrade sees hundreds of commuters battle the crowds at rush-hour as engineering works close HALF of all platforms
Jaguar's SUV is a magnificent beastFIRST off, a message to the person who let their shopping trolley roll into the side of my loan F Pace – you’re a moron.You succeeded in denting what is possibly the best all-round car Jaguar has made. If you did it on purpose, then you’re a prize tosser and I hope you burn your mouth on a Pot Noodle.While it took the jam right out of my doughnut to find a scrape on the F Pace, it couldn’t spoil my enjoyment of this car.As Jag’s first SUV, the pressure was on them to deliver something special. The days of acres of walnut dash and old men wearing leather driving gloves are long gone from the brand, models such as the F Type have proved that.But when it announced an SUV was in the pipeline, the motoring world stood to attention.It was effectively a battle cry directed at its rivals. The high-end 4x4 market is a frightening place to do business. It takes balls of steel to go up against the likes of the Porsche Macan, … [Read more...] about We review the Jaguar F-Pace from price to economy and all its features
I LOVE the Jaguar F-Type for three reasons: It’s British, the rear end is something of a masterpiece and it has an exhaust note to stir the soul.But I have to be honest. When Jag announced it was sticking a four-cylinder engine under the hood for “improved efficiency and affordability”, my heart sank a little.Cheaper, yes. Excellent news. This is the first F-Type under £50k.But no, my friends, no. Not a 2-litre turbo. Not at the expense of a supercharged 3-litre V6 or 5-litre V8, surely. You don’t dilute a fine wine.I need not have worried. Open the taps and within 300 metres you realise Jaguar engineers have worked their magic.Fuel cuts on the upshift, pops and crackles on overrun (from injecting extra fuel in the exhaust system), it sounds delicious.If this baby brother was remotely alive it would be enjoying itself.And then there’s the weight advantage. The four-cylinder is 52kg lighter than the V6 and that gives it better balance in the … [Read more...] about Jaguar F-Type 2017 review: Big cat gets new four-cylinder engine but is sportscar still top of the class?