Norway became the first foreign nation to receive the delivery of Block 3F mission data from US Air Force’s 53rd Electronic Warfare Group’s Partner Support Complex last week.
“Our software provides the Norwegian F-35 an unprecedented precision attack capability – a crucial element to maintaining peace,” Robert Kraus, F-35 PSC director said in a statement Wednesday.
The delivery of Block 3F mission data is important because it enables the F-35 to accomplish its primary missions of air interdiction, close air support, and suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses. Mission data files enable the aircraft to know what threats to search for and when, providing the F-35 its means of deciphering the environment.
“Mission data files are essential to the combat capability of the Lightning II,” said Dylan Duplechain, F-35 PSC chief engineer. “They provide the warfighter situational awareness capability and an ability to react to the threat environment.”
The men and women of the PSC are charged with programing this essential mission data software for eight F-35 partner nations, to include Norway, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Denmark.
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The German Air Force (Luftwaffe) appears to prefer the Lockheed Martin F-35 fifth-generation fighter as replacement for its three decade old Tornados. The Luftwaffe wants to replace its fleet of 85 Panavia Tornados procured in the 1980s, with ‘fifth-generation aircraft to meet the full spectrum of our needs,” Lt
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The US Department of Defense has taken actions to reduce F-35 fighter sustainment costs, but the estimated life cycle costs have increased and are not fully transparent to the military services, the Government Accountability Office has stated in its October 2017 report. According to the GAO report published October 30 this year, the services do not fully understand how the costs they are being charged by the F-35 program office are linked to the capabilities they are receiving
Norway takes delivery of first three F-35A Lighting II aircraft from the US firm Lockheed Martin in a ceremony at Ørland Air Base, on Friday. “We mark the start of a new era for the Norwegian Armed Forces,” said Norways Minister of Defence Frank Bakke-Jensen
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