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FRANKFURT (AFP) - Britain and Italy are considering cutting orders of the Eurofighter combat jet that both countries helped develop, a press report said Monday.
"These countries have asked for information that indicates a reduction in the number" of orders, the president of the Eurofighter consortium, Aloysius Rauen told the German business daily Handelsblatt.
Originally posted by waynos
With the delays to the F-35 as well the RAF faces the entirely realistic proposition of not being able to field a single airworthy combat aircraft that is not a Typhoon by 2017.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Maybe I have missed something, but what "delays" are you referring to? Or do you mean there may be possible delays in the F-35B production until 2017? As unlikely as that might be.
Originally posted by The Winged Wombat
Are you seriously suggesting that the $71M contract to redesign and re-qualify the F-135 gearbox (which won't be ready - reportedly - until 2009) won't affect the F-35 test program in any adverse way?
I would suggest, considering all other contracts in recent years, that availability of the gearbox (not an uprated item in itself, but an item that was built to drive a generator that was mistakenly designed below specification)..... If this gearbox comes in on time or on budget, it will be the only part of the F-35 that does!
[edit on 10/12/07 by The Winged Wombat]
United Technologies Corp., Pratt and Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Conn., is being awarded a $71,503,988 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-award-fee contract (N00019-02-C-3003) for the procurement of F-135 gearbox redesign and re-qualification, and delivery of nine redesigned gearboxes. The gearboxes will be incorporated into F-135 flight test engines being delivered to Lockheed Martin for the F-35 flight test aircraft. Work will be performed in East Hartford, Conn., and is expected to be completed in December 2009. Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md. is the contracting activity
[I]Originally posted by Harlequin[/I]
There`s allready been a report that teh F35x (all versions) will not be properly A2A capable before 2016 at the earliest - and by properly anything other than point and shoot an AIM-9x
[I]Originally posted by kilcoo316[/I]
Name a fighter in the last 30 years that has arrived on time.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
My point is that the F-35B production will not be delayed or pushed back until 2017.
Nor are these the only challenging problems facing the F-35 program. The F-35C naval variant's Hamilton Sundstrand power generator was mistakenly designed to only 65% of the required electric output. To accommodate the required increase, it will also be necessary to redesign the gearbox for the standard Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, which will be fitted into the conventional F-35A version as well as the naval F-35C. The contract announced by the US Department of Defense in August 2007 says that this engine update won't be ready for use until the end of 2009, which is almost the beginning of low-rate initial production.
Originally posted by Canada_EH
…if someone could show me that would be great.
To accommodate the required increase, it will also be necessary to redesign the gearbox for the standard Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, which will be fitted into the conventional F-35A version as well as the naval F-35C.