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Polonia ... prime consegne degli F-35A nel 2024 ... e IOC nel 2026 ...

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Poland could receive its first four F-35As in 2024 as part of Lockheed Martin's 16th production lot, according to Greg Ulmer, the company's vice-president and general manager for the programme.
Speaking at the MSPO show in Kielce, Ulmer said the initial batch of Block 4-standard aircraft would be used for training Polish pilots and maintainers in the USA, probably at Luke AFB in Arizona.
Warsaw would have a full squadron of 16 F-35As, support equipment and spare parts available in 2026, when Lockheed expects its air force to achieve initial operational capability with the stealthy type. 
A full mission simulator facility will also be established in the country.

... flightglobal.com ... Lockheed outlines F-35 production plan for Poland ...

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Polonia ... il Dipartimento di Stato USA approva la vendita di 32 F-35A ...

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The US State Department has approved the sale of 32 Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II stealth fighters to Poland as part of a package worth an estimated $6.5 billion.
NATO member Poland wanted the stealth aircraft as a counterweight to Russia, a country Poland has viewed as increasingly aggressive following invasions of Georgia and Ukraine. 
The F-35As are to replace the Polish air force’s Russian-built MiG-29 and Su-22 fighters, says a US State Department notice posted online on 11 September (*).
The deal has not been finalised.

... flightglobal.com ... USA approves $6.5bn sale of 32 F-35A stealth fighters to Poland ...

(*) ... dsca.mil ... Poland – F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Aircraft"...

Anche qui ... defensenews.com ... Poland cleared to buy F-35 fleet ...

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India & Rafale ... 

In vista l'ordine di un secondo lotto ...

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A new order for a further 36 Dassault Rafale fighters will be signed in early 2020, suggests a recently published report by the Indian Defence Research Wing. 
Moves toward ordering a second batch were first reported in early 2017 and attributed to rising tensions with China. 
The new order would take India’s Rafale fleet to 72 aircraft - slightly more than half of the original 126-aircraft total outlined in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA or MRCA) requirement, an RFP for which was issued in 2007.
An order for a second batch of Rafales would likely spell the end of U.S. efforts to sell Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornets or Lockheed Martin F-21 (F-16V) Vipers to India and could help Dassault to win a place on the team developing India’s new fifth-generation AMCA (Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft).

... ainonline.com ... More Rafales for India? ...

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Tailandia ... volontà di coinvolgimento ...

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Bangkok wants to be involved in the development of software when it eventually looks to obtain a new fighter.
In remarks made to the Bangkok Post (*), Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) commander Maanat Wongwat said that a Concept of Project Requirements (COPR) will be developed for aircraft acquisitions.
"It's not that the airframe isn't that important, but the software is important too as it is the brain of a fighter jet” Wongwat is quoted as saying. 
“That's why we have to take part in developing it.”

... flightglobal.com ... Thailand wants software work for new fighter buy ...

(*) ... bangkokpost.com ... RTAF denies jet purchase bid ...

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La linea di condotta è quella di scegliere una macchina la cui si possa installare software ( e probabilmente ) avionica personalizzata per la forza aerea.

Considerando che non vogliono lo F-35 per i costi elevati , potrebbero optare per un ulteriore lotto di Gripen , macchina che si presta bene a questo tipo di operazione.

Il futuro potrebbero farlo ancora  se prendessero il Macchi 345 ( FA ? ), per sostituire gli F-5 .

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India & Rafale ...

Consegnati i primi quattro esemplari ... allelùia ... 🎆 🎇 🎉

... flightglobal.com ... https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/dassault-delivers-first-rafale-to-india-461332/ ...

... dassault--aviation.com ... https://www.dassault-aviation.com/fr/groupe/presse/press-kits/livraison-du-premier-rafale-au-gouvernement-indien/ ...

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Altri nove F-35 per l' Olanda ...

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The Dutch government on Tuesday announced plans to purchase nine more of Lockheed Martin's F-35 jets, a move that would bring the country's inventory to 46.
The envisioned €1 billion acquisition will “lay the foundation” for a third F-35 squadron in the Dutch air force, a plan that government officials first floated in late 2018, according to a statement posted on the defense ministry website.
The additional aircraft are expected contribute to the air force's objective of having four jets available for NATO missions while also performing homeland defense operations and accounting for training requirements and maintenance downtime.

... e, per quanto concerne il futuro acquisto, non sembra vi sia timore che si possa andare incontro a problemi a livello politico ...

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Dick Zandee, a defense analyst at the Clingendael think tank in The Hague, told Defense News the announced acquisition of nine more F-35s enjoys “broad support” in the Dutch parliament.

... defensenews.com ... The Netherlands to buy nine more F-35s for $1.1 billion ...

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Corea del Sud ... altri venti F-35 ...

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South Korea will begin the second phase of its plan to acquire stealthy fighter jets, code-named F-X III, by acquiring 20 more F-35s, the country’s arms procurement agency has confirmed.
The Asian economic power had ordered 40 F-35As for Air Force operations under a 2014 deal worth about $6.4 billion, with the delivery of the fifth-generation fighters starting earlier this year.
“The government is preparing to launch the second phase of the F-X III in 2021 for the five years to come,” the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, or DAPA, said in a report to the National Assembly on Oct. 7. 
About $3.3 billion will go toward buying the additional Lockheed Martin-made aircraft, the report noted.

... defensenews.com ... South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 jets ...

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Il 11/10/2019 in 00:32 , TT-1 Pinto ha scritto:

Corea del Sud ... altri venti F-35 ...

... defensenews.com ... South Korea to buy 20 more F-35 jets ...

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I nuovi aerei potrebbero essere F-35B ...

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It remains uncertain as to which version of the Lightning II will be procured under the new phase of the program, which is valued at 4 trillion won ($3.35 billion). 
There were press reports that the National Security Office of the Blue House (the president's residence) had pushed the Air Force in April to consider purchasing the short-takeoff-and-vertical-landing F-35B, presumably to allow them to operate from the Navy’s two 14,500-tonne Dokdo-class amphibious assault ships, a planned 30,000-tonne carrier-type landing platform helicopter carrier, or more likely from a new class of aircraft carrier.

... ainonline.com ... More F-35 Fighters for South Korea ...

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India & Rafale ...

Un commento di FlightGlobal sul 'trombonismo' francese e sulla inaffidabilità indiana ...

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OPINION: Why India must learn from Rafale procurement ...
 
Source: FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL - October 11, 2019 

Pronouncements at aircraft handover ceremonies are not prone to understatement. 
Indeed, Dassault hailed its delivery of the first of 36 Rafale fighters to New Delhi as a “celebration of the history of mutual trust” between the French company and India.
It also added a hearty dollop of industrial participation sop in a bow to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign. 
Dassault chief executive Eric Trappier tossed in that greatest of corporate accolades, stating that India is now "part of Dassault Aviation's DNA”.
Yet, the nation's 2016 deal for 36 French-assembled Rafales represents no great success for New Delhi or Dassault, but a concession prize. 
It happened only because a 126-aircraft medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) deal collapsed. 
Although the Rafale secured preferred status in 2012, three years of negotiation between Dassault and New Delhi ended in failure.
In addition to shattering New Delhi’s already nebulous credibility in defence procurement, the MMRCA debacle eliminated the Indian air force’s chances of obtaining a large infusion of urgently-needed fighters in a reasonable timeframe. 
Only Modi’s imperious leadership style allowed the 36 jet deal to happen.
New Delhi’s latest requirement for 110 fighters – cynically dubbed by some as ‘MMRCA 2.0’ – features the same contestants as last time.
It is to be hoped that lessons have been learned. 
Soaking up platitudes from a defence contractor is far easier than avoiding a repetition of history.

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Ancora a proposito della Corea del Sud e dei suoi caccia ...

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The US State Department has cleared the possible sale of 120 Raytheon AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAM missiles to South Korea.
A statement (*) from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency estimates the cost of the potential deal at $253 million. 
The package includes support equipment, logistics, and spare parts, and stems from an original request from Seoul.
The weapons will equip the Republic of Korea Air Force’s Boeing F-15Ks, as well as its Lockheed Martin F-16s and F-35s.

... flightglobal.com ... USA clears possible Korean AMRAAM sale ...

(*) ... dsca.mil ... Korea AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) ...

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F-16 ... ancora buone prospettive ... 🌞

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Lockheed Martin believes its backlog of orders for the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft could more than triple based on demand from Middle Eastern and Asian countries.
The company currently has a backlog of 30 F-16s, but anticipates orders for additional aircraft could increase its sales by at least another 60 examples, says Kenneth Possenriede, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Lockheed Martin on the firm’s third quarter earnings call on 22 October.
“In our plan, we see countries like Morocco and other countries out in the Far East that in aggregate could grow our backlog by another 60 aircraft,” he says. 
“We see a great future for F-16.”

... flightglobal.com ... Lockheed Martin sees big demand for F-16 in Middle East & Asia ...

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Autarchia e differenziazione dei fornitori fregandosene che appartengano a un blocco o a quello concorrente. Sembra l'India ma è un paese NATO...D'altra parte è anche l'unico paese NATO (finchè dura...) con un regime liberticida. Non c'è più tanto da stupirsi se Erdogan persegue questa politica di approvvigionamento.

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Indonesia ... la politica dei due forni ...

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The Indonesian air force plans to buy two squadrons of Lockheed Martin F-16 Block 72 Viper fighters, while also following through on its plan to purchase a squadron of Russian’s Sukhoi Su-35s.
Jakarta plans to make the formal request for the aircraft on 1 January 2020, Marshal Yuyu Sutisna, air force chief of staff, said to local news agency Antara on 28 October.
"Insya Allah (God willing), we will buy two squadrons in the next strategic plan 2020 to 2024. We will purchase the newest type of Block 72 Viper,” he says. 
"The fact that several countries use them, and their number is large means they have very good reliability."
Indonesia already operates 33 examples of the F-16, Sutisna says.

... flightglobal.com ... Indonesia plans to buy two squadrons of F-16s, but also Su-35s ...

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Turchia ... ecco chi le ha fornito armamenti ...

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Who Supplied Turkey’s Arms?

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U.S. and European companies have supplied much of the aircraft in the Turkish Air Force fleet to date, according to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network’s Michael Tint and Daniel Urchick. 
Will that change in the future? After Turkey’s military offensive in Syria, countries in the European Union lined up to restrict weapons exports to Ankara. 
And the U.S. Congress is considering a bill that would apply sanctions to military transactions. 
Source: Michael Tint and Daniel Urchick/Aviation Week Intelligence Network

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