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Originally posted by intelgurl
Here's something interesting.
I hear that Tony Blair has sent Pres. Bush a letter protesting the cancellation of the F-136 engine - Rolls Royce (UK) was apparently one of the main contractors and the British don't want to lose that revenue.
In a move that echoes past budget maneuvering, the U.S. Navy says it can't afford to keep developing an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The U.S. Air Force, staring at shouldering the $3.4 billion F136 engine program alone, at a cost of about $400 million per year, is expected to go along with the move.
The British, who want the new engine for aircraft carrier operations, are already mounting a counterattack, and they expect help from the U.S. Congress.British industry and government officials have been lobbying in Washington for the last two weeks to get the program back into the budget. The engine content is 50 percent General Electric, 40 percent Rolls-Royce and about 10 percent other international partners. GE officials contend that British users are particularly keen to have the large-combuster, higher-thrust engine on the JSF for their aircraft carrier operations.
Because the F136 engine is largely the product of the U.S. Congress - which aimed to keep engine competition alive - it is expected by both Pentagon and aerospace industry officials that lawmakers will step in and add money to keep the program in existence.
The F135 and F136 are designed to be completed interchangeable, so any F-35 can accept either engine, with the aircraft computer management system automatically detecting the engine change and making the required software adjustments.
The next generation of jet fighter aircraft could fly farther and faster thanks to a new high-strength aluminum alloy prepared at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory. The new alloy is one material being developed for use in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a cutting-edge aircraft that will see widespread use as the primary fighter for the U.S. Navy, Air Force, and Marines as well as U.S. allies abroad.
Researchers at Ames Laboratory's Materials Preparation Center will produce about 400 pounds of an aluminum-yttrium-nickel alloy over the next few months that will serve as a benchmark for testing and to help refine commercial production techniques. The material is being developed in conjunction with aircraft engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney and a number of other public and private partners to replace heavier or costlier components in the "cool" sections of jet engines. The material also could be used in other parts of an aircraft such as wing spars.
If the new material performs up to expectations, it could have a dramatic impact on the performance and efficiency of both commercial and military aircraft. Jones said that Pratt &Whitney engineers estimated that replacing various components in one particular jet engine with the Al-Y-Ni alloy could potentially lighten the engine by 350 pounds. That's an astronomical weight reduction in aircraft design, where engineers are typically happy to reduce the weight of components by a few pounds here or there.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite British objections President George W. Bush's 2007 budget request scraps a $2.4 billion deal with General Electric Co. and Britain's Rolls-Royce to develop a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a top program official said on Monday.
The move prompted personal appeals from British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who unsuccessfully pressed Bush to reverse the decision in two videoconferences and a letter.
That's not a great message to send to your most loyal international business partner and best friend in an uncertain world," said CBI director Digby Jones.
Reacting to the decision by the US Government to cancel the General Electric / Rolls Royce engine variant for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft programme, CBI Director-General Sir Digby Jones said:
"Short-term cost-cutting puts this important programme at risk in the longer-term and sends out all the wrong signals about America’s attitude to collaboration on aerospace and defence projects. That's not a great message to send to your most loyal international business partner and best friend in an uncertain world. I thought better of America's attitude to the UK."
Originally posted by xmotex
The F-22A, more oriented to bombing than air-to-air combat, is seen as a key partner to the F-35 in the nation's air arsenal through the mid-21st century.
I think they got this part backward.
The F-22 is an air superiority platform first and everything else second.
The author needs to do a little more homework.
CBI director general Sir Digby Jones last night stepped up his vitriolic attack on America, saying it was time to abandon the special relationship.
Speaking at the Birmingham Law Society President's Dinner, Sir Digby said it was time for the "ending of a myth". Two issues in particular have upset him.
He was bitterly critical over a decision this week by George Bush to cancel a £1.36 billion contract for a second engine which Rolls-Royce and US firm General Electric were to have developed for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.