In a statement, Lockheed Martin, the prime contractor on the F-35 program, said, “This is a government-to-government matter, and as always, we are following official U.S. Government guidance as it relates to delivery of the F-35 to Turkey and the export of goods from the Turkish supply chain.”
Here’s a quick rundown of the major players to date, and how many F-35s they’re planning to buy:
Australia: 72 F-35As
Belgium: No decision yet made
Canada: 65 F-35As planned, but may buy Boeing (NYSE:BA) F-18s instead
Denmark: 27 F-35As
Israel: 50 F-35As
Italy: 60 F-35As, 30 F-35Bs
Japan: 42 F-35As
Netherlands: Up to 37 planned, but only 8 authorized so far
Norway: 52 F-35As planned, but only 22 authorized so far
South Korea: 40 F-35As
Turkey: 100 F-35As
United Kingdom: 138 F-35Bs
United States: 1,763 F-35As, 353 F-35Bs, and 327 F-35Cs
An RAF source told The Express: This situation obviously has to be rectified before the plane enters operational service.‘
The source also told the paper that defence secretary Gavin Williamson and RAF Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen have always known about the issue.
Radars work in the microwave frequency range, which can be absorbed by MWNTs. Applying the MWNTs to the aircraft would cause the radar to be absorbed and therefore seem to have a smaller radar cross-section. One such application could be to paint the nanotubes onto the plane. Recently there has been some work done at the University of Michigan regarding carbon nanotubes usefulness as stealth technology on aircraft. It has been found that in addition to the radar absorbing properties, the nanotubes neither reflect nor scatter visible light, making it essentially invisible at night, much like painting current stealth aircraft black except much more effective. Current limitations in manufacturing, however, mean that current production of nanotube-coated aircraft is not possible. One theory to overcome these current limitations is to cover small particles with the nanotubes and suspend the nanotube-covered particles in a medium such as paint, which can then be applied to a surface, like a stealth aircraft.
In 2010, Lockheed Martin Corporation applied for a patent for just such a CNT based radar absorbent material, which was reassigned and granted to Applied NanoStructure Solutions, LLC in 2012. Some believe that this material is incorporated in the F-35 Lightning II
Meanwhile, the same carbon nanotube reinforced polymer (CNRP) material is being considered to replace about 100 components made with other composites or metals throughout the F-35’s airframe, he said.
The shift to CNRP as an airframe material has been anticipated ever since carbon nanotubes were discovered in 1991.
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News.usni.org reports that the Navy intends to install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance (HELIOS) weapon system aboard a West Coast Arleigh Burke-class Flight IIA destroyer by 2021. The new laser is intended to operate at 60 kilowatts, three times more powerful than the laser weapons system the Navy tested aboard the USS Ponce five years ago. The laser system is mainly intended to target small attack boats and unmanned aerial vehicles.
The HELIOS system is to be developed by Lockheed Martin.
In November last year, Saudi and American officials signed an agreement for the sale of 44 THAAD launchers, missiles and related equipment to Riyadh worth $15 billion.
The Pentagon said the Saudi government would pay $1.5 billion of the $2.4 billion to Lockheed.
The Kingdom of Bahrain has requested to buy 120 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31 Unitary Rocket Pods, six rockets per pod for a total of 720 and 110 Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) M57 T2K Unitary missiles… The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin.
Japan’s military has asked for another increase to its annual budget.
A $2.1 billion request has been made for two ground-based radar missile tracking stations built by Lockheed Martin.
Other big buys include six Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth fighters.
A host of U.S. companies signed partnerships with the United Kingdom Space Agency (UKSA) in July, with several more waiting in the wings, as the British government doled out funding for launching commercial rockets from the island for the first time ever.
Japan hat für ein einzuführendes Raketenabwehrsystem ein neues Radar von Lockheed Martin ausgewählt, mit dem die gesamte koreanische Halbinsel überwacht werden kann.
Das Außenministerium in Washington erklärte, es habe dem Deal auch im eigenen Interesse zugestimmt. »Der Verkauf trägt zur Verteidigungsfähigkeit eines NATO-Verbündeten bei, der eine wichtige Kraft für die politische und wirtschaftliche Stabilität in Europa ist«, heißt es in seiner Mitteilung. Damit sei das Geschäft »auch ein Beitrag zur nationalen Sicherheit der Vereinigten Staaten und im Interesse unserer Außenpolitik«.
Electronic warfare suppression, a decoy battle group in the Mediterranean and never-before-used stealth missiles were all part of the attack