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  • Australian defense firm was hacked and F-35 data stolen, DOD confirms
    Here : https://arstechnica.co.uk/informatio...-dod-confirms/

    Probably North Korea to improve their Mig-21.

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    • "The attacker needn't have bothered with that, however," Stilgherrian reported. "The ASD's investigation found that internet-facing services still had their default passwords, admin::admin and guest::guest."

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      • Originally posted by primer View Post
        "The attacker needn't have bothered with that, however," Stilgherrian reported. "The ASD's investigation found that internet-facing services still had their default passwords, admin::admin and guest::guest."
        A long time I worked for a company that had kept its database default password : changeme.
        The thing I don't understand though is when I was working for a military contractor the network our stations were connected to was physically disconnected from the outside. Why it isn't the case anymore.

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        • Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul, ( engine programme ) facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.

          https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/1...rkey_overhaul/

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          • Air Force F-35s coming to Japan in November

            https://www.defensenews.com/air/2017...n-in-november/


            WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s F-35 is making its operational debut in the Asia-Pacific region, with 12 A-models set to arrive at Kadena Air Base, Japan, early this November for a six-month deployment.


            More than 300 airmen from the 34th Fighter Squadron at Hill Air Force Base, Utah — including pilots, maintainers and other personnel — will deploy to Kadena to support the aircraft, Pacific Air Forces announced.

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            • F-35A Pilots Report Five More Hypoxia-Like Episodes

              http://aviationweek.com/defense/f-35...poxia-episodes

              There is one telling aspect of the incidents that may prove key to solving the problem. In each of the three incidents that occurred since June, initiating the backup oxygen system did not immediately ease the pilots’ symptoms. This indicates the problem is not true hypoxia, Bishop said.
              During pilot training in the Reduced Oxygen Breathing Device (ROBD), which simulates hypoxia, “when you go to 100% oxygen you get relief immediately; that’s not happening in a lot of cases here,” Bishop said.

              Bishop believes pilots could be experiencing hypercapnia—too much carbon dioxide in the blood—due to restricted breathing, potentially caused by the life support system. He does not think the cause is hyperventilation.

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              • Japan, South Korea may refit naval ships for F-35 fighters

                MELBOURNE, Australia — Amid growing tensions in the region, both Japan and South Korea are reportedly investigating options to operate the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on board their respective ships.


                Quoting reports from unnamed military sources in their respective countries, Japan’s Kyodo news agency and South Korea’s Yonhap said that the short take-off vertical landing, or STOVL F-35B variant is being considered for operations from Japan’s Izumo-class DDH helicopter destroyer and South Korea’s Dokdo-class amphibious assault ship, turning them into combat-capable aircraft carriers.


                https://www.defensenews.com/global/a...f-35-fighters/

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                • http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Displ...rd-f-35-bases/

                  "The Air Force has selected Truax Field Air National Guard Base, Wisconsin and Dannelly Field, Alabama as the preferred locations for the next two Air National Guard F-35A bases."

                  My interest in this is that the Gowen ANGB in our city here, Boise Idaho, will not receive the F-35 at this time.

                  That news is bad, because Gowen's A-10s are only current flying mission for the Idaho Air National Guard. Having F-35s here some day was also seen as a potential insurance move to continued active flying missions at the nearby Mountain Home AFB, in case that AFB ever switch away from their Strike Eagles.

                  The news that Gowen ANGB won't receive F-35s at this time is also good, because the local NIMBYS won't be able to bitch as much while we keep our quiet A-10s for the foreseeable future.
                  Last edited by Euroamerican; 02-01-2018, 07:08 AM.

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                  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-l...-idUSKBN1HI304

                    The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error found last year on more than 200 of the stealthy jets, three people familiar with the matter said.

                    Last year the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where the carbon fiber exterior panels of the planes were fastened to the airframe. Once a fix had been devised, the deliveries resumed, and Lockheed hit its target aircraft delivery numbers for 2017.


                    Pentagon plays hard with LM

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                    • Originally posted by The Dane View Post
                      Japan, South Korea may refit naval ships for F-35 fighters


                      https://www.defensenews.com/global/a...f-35-fighters/

                      They were always planned and built as such

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                      • Originally posted by Guma View Post
                        https://www.reuters.com/article/us-l...-idUSKBN1HI304

                        The U.S. Department of Defense has stopped accepting most deliveries of F-35 jets from Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) because of a dispute over who will cover costs for fixing a production error found last year on more than 200 of the stealthy jets, three people familiar with the matter said.

                        Last year the Pentagon stopped accepting F-35s for 30 days after discovering corrosion where the carbon fiber exterior panels of the planes were fastened to the airframe. Once a fix had been devised, the deliveries resumed, and Lockheed hit its target aircraft delivery numbers for 2017.


                        Pentagon plays hard with LM
                        This is all the same problem. Apparently the panel's fixing clips are eroding, for want of a better word, the thin protective layer applied to the aluminium frame and they agreed that a plastic protector was needed and is now being applied to all factory production. As you say the issue now is who pays for the engineering team necessary with all its associated costs in getting to and fitting the mod to the 200 or so existing F-35s now scattered around the World? The DoD is negotiating on behalf of the Pentagon and overseas customers like the IAF, RAF, RAAF etc.

                        Personally I can't see how this can be anything but a warranty claim but no doubt LM were able to insert a 'return to factory at your own expense' clause in the contract.

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                        • https://twitter.com/BAESystemsAir/st...85863032901632

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                          • Cool !!! A plane with explosive reactive armor.

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                            • Originally posted by heiliger_geist View Post
                              Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul, ( engine programme ) facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.

                              https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/1...rkey_overhaul/
                              US To Deliver First F-35 Fighter Aircraft To Turkey On June 21

                              The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) will take delivery of the first of 30 US-built F-35 fighters on June 21 in a ceremony that will be held in the U.S.

                              Pilots from the TSK will receive intense training at the headquarters of the main producer of the F-35, Lockheed Martin, before the fighters will be transported to Turkey later this year.

                              http://www.defenseworld.net/news/224...1#.WvNFk8ubGdN

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                              • first flight of turkish f35

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