Topic archives: F-35

Pentagon raises JSF cancellation in US budget review leak

August 3, 2013 1

A very important question for this Australian government, or the next. Why is the Pentagon leaking stories referring to the possible cancellation of the Joint Strike Fighter?

China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

China stealth combat jet videos pose defence questions

June 3, 2012 4

An email from Air Power Australia earlier today links to a series of You Tubes of China’s Chengdu J-20 fifth generation stealth jet which raises a whole set of questions for defence experts to consider. Most of those questions are better discussed elsewhere, but there are broader matters of public policy that ought to be […]

A timely warning: The JSF may be axed

December 6, 2011 21

Business Spectator, a Crikey network partner, has published a timely warning by Robert Gottliebsen that the US is edging closer to cancelling the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter or JSF, which would have dire consequences for Australia’s defences. Gottliebsen nails it. His report demands more than attention from those concerned about defence matters, notably the epidemic […]

Australia deciding whether to look for JSF F-35 alternative

July 27, 2011 31

Defence Minister Stephen Smith has just told ABC News 24 that Australia is ‘using risk analysis to work out if Australia needs to explore an alternative to the Joint Strike Fighter.’ His comments build very strongly on those he made yesterday, and coincide with clear signs that Democrat and Republican support for the JSF or […]

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

Two aircraft that put pressure on the JSF

January 4, 2011 29

The appearance of two all new attack and defend  aircraft at the beginning and end of the year just over have both raised issues of substance for the Joint Strike Fighter JSF or F-35 program, and reasons for the US and its allies to carefully review their plans to maintain air superiority. The first bookend […]

Mainstream US media report signals JSF implosion

November 2, 2010 5

For those that cling to the view that all is well with the Joint Strike Fighter, or JSF F-35 project this story of the hour on Bloomberg may loosen your grip on fantasy. This is a straight up and down leak to a mainstream news resource that, logically, can be explained as a considered strategy […]

UK may buy as few as 12 F-35s

October 20, 2010 4

Two very different developments in Europe should lead to some deep thinking among Defence and Foreign Affairs advisers in Canberra. The first is the consequences for the Joint Strike Fighter or F-35 from the cuts to military spending announced in the UK last night. An analysis by Bill Sweetman on the Aviation Week Ares blog […]

The true lethality of the JSF made plain

September 24, 2010 17

No aircraft design in history is going to have such a negative effect on western politics and security as the Lockheed Martin lead JSF or Joint Strike Fighter F-35 project. This is the only conclusion that can be taken from the US Air Force Association presentation (below) by the recently retired commander of the USAF […]

JSF head misrepresented or lied about F-35 claims Federal MP

JSF head misrepresented or lied about F-35 claims Federal MP

June 19, 2010 9

In a parliamentary speech this week Liberal backbencher Dr Dennis Jensen accuses Tom Burbage, the executive vice president for F-35 program integration at Lockheed Martin of misrepresenting, or at worst, telling lies about aspects of the Joint Strike Fighter’s price and performance. The criticism of Burbage followed his visit to Australia to discuss the F-35, […]

Australia being misled about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Australia being misled about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

June 17, 2010 11

The author of this succinct picture of defence reporting the Australian way (above) which is with few exceptions, apologetic and subservient, has provided Crikey with a snapshot of the state of Australia’s JSF purchase, on which our air power superiority depends, and for which the defence establishment of this country has become the de facto […]

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hit by Dutch roll

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter hit by Dutch roll

May 21, 2010 18

The Netherlands parliament has debated and passed three motions which make it very unlikely that country will persevere with its involvement in the F-35 JSF project, although it will come under fierce pressure to remain a customer. This ‘Dutch roll’ comes at a time when Australian Defence Minister, Senator John Faulkner, is officially ‘unhappy’ with […]

JSF-the truth about that rushed $3.2 billion commitment?

JSF-the truth about that rushed $3.2 billion commitment?

March 21, 2010 50

There is a fascinating insight into why Defence Minister John Faulkner’s advisors may have been so keen for him to commit $3.2 billion to the JSF project last November contained in this passage in the GAO or Government Accountability Office report into the fiasco published last week. Get it. Faulkner was conned into promising $3.2 […]

Memo Defence: Come clean now on JSF debacle

March 12, 2010 50

There is an urgent need for Defence Minister, John Faulkner, to tell parliament what he knows about the state of Australia’s most costly and vital defence acquisition, the F-35 JSF or Joint Strike Fighter. He was tipped off by the US deputy defense secretary William Lynn, about the parlous state of affairs on February 15-16 […]

JSF watch-US FoI documents just published

March 1, 2010 31

The pace at which the US is discovering the dismal state of the Joint Strike Fighter JSF F-35 program continues to outpace the capacity of the Australian Government to deal with the reality, and the inability of its defence establishment to recognise and react to the disclosures. This story, using documents obtained under American FoI […]

PAK-FA analysis and high level advice point to JSF crisis

PAK-FA analysis and high level advice point to JSF crisis

February 16, 2010 7

About now Defence Minister John Faulkner is having tea and biscuits with William Lynn, the deputy secretary of the US Defense Office, who is breaking some awkward news about the JSF Joint Strike Fighter project. Namely, that March is going to be a very difficult month for the troubled project. But if the Minister had […]

Some notes concerning Australia’s exposure to the risk that the Joint Strike Fighter is a failed project

Some notes concerning Australia’s exposure to the risk that the Joint Strike Fighter is a failed project

January 21, 2010 30

If it hasn’t already happened, there needs to be some serious questions asked by Senator John Faulkner, Defence Minister of those who scripted his recent enthusiastic endorsement of the JSF or Joint Strike Fighter. Faulkner is no fool, and it very unlikely he will tolerate being made to look as captured by the rhetoric associated […]

The JSF starts to lose the US media

The JSF starts to lose the US media

November 11, 2009 5

The wall of lies and delusions that surrounds the JSF project is starting to crumble apace in Washington DC, and the only question that really counts in Canberra is how quickly the government will take to get on top of its defence establishment. The full and original story ‘The Self-Dismembering F-35’ by Winslow T Wheeler […]

The F-35 JSF, Predator or prey?

July 12, 2009 20

Various analysts have warned that counter measures to the JSF are being developed and deployed much faster than the troubled project is moving towards delivery. One of them, an authoritative and experienced military identity, who wishes to remain anonymous until he chooses otherwise, has sent us a review of this dilemma for the JSF in […]