Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Missiles in a box, WWII

Look! Missiles in-a-box on the Nelson.






Well, kinda, I guess...


Reader comments 26 Nov 14 -- Australia's tired associations/alliances

Bushranger 71

This recent viewpoint from Mikhail Gorbachev: "There is the same type of public both in the U.S. — including the military-industrial complex that cannot imagine its life without weapons and war — and here in Russia too. Every U.S. president feels obliged to wage a war during his term or, even better, two — as the saying goes. I am serious. It's not a joke. This idea has survived, and that is very bad."
The arms manufacturers have become somewhat self-defeating because the bigger players are focusing primarily on hardware that is beyond the economic affordabilit y of most nations. They of course co-opt the 'assistance' of easily influenced politicians and ambitious military leaders in this regard. No clearer example than shedding a well established F-16 production line that should have been orientated toward enhanced versions to satisfy broader world needs than focusing on the potentially dysfunctional F-35 concept.
And while big flat-top aircraft carriers might provide a short duration option to project force during a conflict, they are hugely inefficient from a cost-benefit perspective, arguably unable to sustain meaningful on-line aircraft effort with disproportionate manning and escort costs.
The same logic applies to helo carriers because no military leader of right mind would entertain the 'combat air assault' notion of the Vietnam War era. Amphibious ship to shore movement these days would be principally shuttling and a very few helicopters can move significant people and stores quickly over pretty short ranges.
The Russians might be better off without the Mistral class ships now being withheld by France. For the Crimea intervention, they put Special Forces with light vehicles and FSV ashore by LCH style platforms to disarm the local military.
Where there is need to deploy say a battalion group size force, would it not be far smarter militarily for Australia to do so via say 5 x JHSV -1? Great tactical flexibility with overall crewing between 100-200 compared with 360 for the Canberra Class LPD and comparable collective helo capacity.


The notion that Australia must be able to deploy expeditionary forces to support US initiatives in faraway places of the globe is an unaffordable and unmanageable concept of operations. In the words of President George Bush when referring to another country, we are 'a pissant nation' with just 0.32 percent of world population and around 1.15 percent of the world economy. Foolishly, we are ranking near 10th in the world for actual defence outlay while federal government spending is careering out of control, heading down the same track as the US economy.
The hubris ('a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence') exhibited by Australia's political and military leadership is just delusional. ADF military capacity is continuing to diminish under the imprudent Howard big spend doctrine oriented toward a mythical Force 2030 vision.
Where does the influence originate? The US and Brits between them have just over 50 percent of direct foreign investment in Australia, both exerting inappropriate hegemonic pressure in the Australian political sphere. China and Japan are predominant trading partners and the geo-strategic fact is Australia relies heavily on favourable relations with the ASEAN Plus Three bloc, which does not embrace the US or Brits. China already has Australia by the scrotum economically and will likely be more enabled by this so-called free trade deal to gain greater control of Australian assets.
Australia's regional diplomacy has been dismal in almost all respects and there needs to be far greater effort in this direction than pandering to US and British influence via tired associations/alliances.

Israel and the Just So Failed

The comments section with the religious, faith-based, model-airplane-glue sniffing fan-base is funnier than the article.

Here is something fun too. This is from a 2007 U.S. brief to Israeli Journalists about the F-35.


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Things can be difficult. Consider 1999. It must suck to be thrown trash after a promise like this:

Friday January 19 4:20 PM ET
Israel Promised New U.S. Aircraft
By BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a farewell gesture, the Clinton administration Friday promised Israel that it would be among the first nations permitted to purchase the most advanced U.S. Air Force jet fighter, the radar-evading F-22.
Built primarily by Lockheed Martin, it will replace the F-15 Eagle as the Air Force's top fighter jet. Still in development, the F-22 Raptor will have stealth technology and a unique ability to cruise at supersonic speeds without using afterburners.
The pledge was confirmed by State Department spokesman Richard Boucher after President Clinton wrote in an open letter to the Israeli people that delivery of the new jet fighter was part of his effort to help ``protect and enhance your security.''
The promise is ``consistent with the U.S. commitment to maintaining Israel's qualitative edge in the military area,'' Boucher said.
Apparently, because of the secret stealth technology, Congress would have to give its approval for the sale of the F-22 to Israel or any other country. And it was not immediately clear whether the president's promise could bind the incoming Bush administration.
Meanwhile, the United States and Israel signed a formal agreement that will phase out U.S. economic aid to Israel by 2008. Israel is the largest aid recipient.
Half of the assistance will be recovered by Israel as military aid. Israel is also the largest recipient of U.S. military aid.
The agreement was signed at the State Department by Ambassador David Ivry of Israel and Assistant Secretary of State Edward Walker.
``It reflects the unshakable commitment of the United States to Israel's security and to maintaining Israel's qualitative edge,'' Ivry said. ``Only a strong Israel can make peace.''
Israel volunteered reduction and ultimate elimination of U.S. economic aid, and the cutback from $1.2 billion a year began in 1999, with $120 million trimmed. The reduction will continue at that pace until all economic aid is eliminated by 2008.
At the same time, U.S. military aid will be boosted $60 million a year until it reaches $2.4 billion by 2008. Most of the U.S. military aid is spent in contracts with American munitions companies.


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-Time's Battleland - 5 Part series on F-35 procurement - 2013 
-Summary of Air Power Australia F-35 points
-Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week and the F-35
-U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) F-35 reports
-F-35 JSF: Cold War Anachronism Without a Mission
-History of F-35 Production Cuts
-Looking at the three Japan contenders (maneuverability)
-How the Canadian DND misleads the public about the F-35
-Value of STOVL F-35B over-hyped
-Cuckoo in the nest--U.S. DOD DOT&E F-35 report is out
-6 Feb 2012 Letter from SASC to DOD boss Panetta questioning the decision to lift probation on the F-35B STOVL.
-USAFs F-35 procurement plan is not believable
-December 2011 Australia/Canada Brief
-F-35 Key Performance Perimeters (KPP) and Feb 2012 CRS report
-F-35 DOD Select Acquisition Report (SAR) FY2012
-Release of F-35 2012 test report card shows continued waste on a dud program
-Australian Defence answers serious F-35 project concerns with "so what?"
-Land of the Lost (production cut history update March 2013)
-Outgoing LM F-35 program boss admits to flawed weight assumptions (March 2013)
-A look at the F-35 program's astro-turfing
-F-35 and F-16 cost per flying hour
-Is this aircraft worth over $51B of USMC tac-air funding?
-Combat radius and altitude, A model
-F-35A, noise abatement and airfields and the USAF
-Deceptive marketing practice: F-35 blocks
-The concurrency fraud
-The dung beetle's "it's known" lie
-F-35's air-to-air ability limited
-F-35 Blocks--2006 and today
-The F-35B design is leaking fuel
-F-35 deliveries
-ADF's wacky F-35 assumptions
-Gauging performance, the 2008 F-35, Davis dream brief
-Aboriginal brought out as a prop
-Super Kendall's F-35 problem
-LM sales force in pre-Internet era
-History of F-35 engine problems
-Compare
-JSF hopes and dreams...early days of the Ponzi Scheme
-The Prognostics
-2002--Australia joins the F-35 program

F-35B makes first flight with UK weapons

Well, we need photos of this.

Because over the years there were hints that making the rail-mounted ASRAAM AIM-132 fire from internal carry might not, happen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Think quick or die

This really shows you how fast things can go from zero-to-shit.

This is an excerpt the Ferguson shooting (as reported by the officer to detectives). PDF at this link; the officer involvement starts at the bottom of the first page.



The rest of some public documents are here.

Can't be trusted

Australian Submarine Corporation (managed not unlike Soviet industry) isn't trusted by the Defence Minister, Senator Johnston, to build a canoe.

Yet it is all parties that come up with the dumb requirement of do-it-all subs that displace 4000 tons and have significant complexity. So much complexity that you wouldn't want the entrenched Defence bureaucracy to build it.

It isn't ASC that can't be trusted. It is the whole entrenched Defence bureaucracy that can't be trusted.

These people aren't worthy of our respect. They are not worthy to spend our money. They are unable to come up with reasonable plans provide for a proper Defence of this nation.


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-New Defence White Paper fails to address Australia's core security needs
-2009 Defence White Paper Fantasy
-Analysing "The ADF Air Combat Capability- On the Record"
-Find out who is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer mess
-Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed
-New DMO Boss warns the staff that business as usual is over
-How dangerous is the Defence Material Organisation to our Defence Industry?
-Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology
-More on the dud-jamming gear Defence wants to buy
-ADF cost per flying hour
-I will wipe out bullying vows new Defence chief (Houston 2005)
-Vacancy
-Put Vol 2 Report of DLA Piper Review into the light of day
-Rory and Jim
-Parasitism as an Abstraction for Organizational Dysfunctions
-Hobart-class "Air Warfare Destroyer" to be fielded with obsolete radar guidance technology
-The Decay Of Critical Military Thinking And Writing-With Particular Reference To The RAAF
-Newspaper guy gets it right about sub project.... big time
-The great M-1 tank myth
-*UPDATE* Fear and loathing in Canberra - Audit released on MRH-90 helicopter project 
-RAN bullies contractor over Collins sub replacement
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - Star-ranks
-Air Warfare Destroyer -- Billions, not millions over budget
-Australia's M-1 tanks are... a downgrade compared to what it had
-Weak links put on rubber-stamp Defence panel
-Stop the nonsense (Collins-class submarine replacement)
-Insert Joke Here
-Tyranny of distance--Long, drawn out helicopter projects are unsustainable
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - cost per flying hour over the last budget year
-Tiger savaged by Navy League of Australia
-Tiger helicopter update
-Overview of corruption in Australia

When Chuck was fresh

Now that Chuck has been forced out, what did the President say about him not two years ago at the appointment?


Speaking from the East Room of the White House, President Obama today announced two key nominations for his national security team. He tapped John Brennan to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and he asked Sen. Chuck Hagel to serve as Secretary of Defense.

"Chuck Hagel’s leadership of our military would be historic," he said. "He’d be the first person of enlisted rank to serve as Secretary of Defense, one of the few secretaries who have been wounded in war, and the first Vietnam veteran to lead the department. As I saw during our visits together to Afghanistan and Iraq, in Chuck Hagel our troops see a decorated combat veteran of character and strength. They see one of their own."

The President and Hagel have known each other for nearly a decade and served together on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Hagel spent two terms in the upper chamber of Congress and helped to lead the fight for passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under President Reagan, Hagel served as a deputy administrator of the Veterans Administration, and while co-founding his own business, he served as the CEO of the United Service Organization. He's also co-chaired the Intelligence Advisory Board for President Obama.

"Chuck knows that war is not an abstraction," President Obama said. "He understands that sending young Americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that’s something we only do when it’s absolutely necessary."

At the event, Sen. Hagel thanked the President for the opportunity to again serve the United States and its men and women in uniform.

"These are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and selflessness," he said. "This is particularly important at a time as we complete our mission in Afghanistan and support the troops and military families who have sacrificed so much over more than a decade of war."

USAF PA, its not just a job, its an...oh, forget it...

LOL


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The Air Force’s Public Affairs (PA) function has had a rough run of things lately, enduring the general hum of criticism from airmen who see too much PA coverage of senior leader visits, band performances, and ancillary issues, and not enough coverage of what airmen do to defend the nation from air and space. Frustration culminated recently when coverage of MSgt. Tom Case’s receipt of a second Silver Star was eclipsed by the Chief of Staff’s promotion of a dog to the rank of major.

But amid an ocean of commentaries about fitness and core values and a steady stream of PA stories featuring PA airmen, stories of substance occasionally emerge. Such a story surfaced over the weekend, when the online community took note of a curious retweet beamed out by the Air Force’s chief publicist, Brigadier General Kathleen Cook.

Cook, who assumed her post in March of this year, is a former bandsman and career publicist with no deployment experience who has spent the vast majority of her career advising leaders in the space and missile community. Having served in many posts proximate to communications practices developed during the Cold War might explain the nascent PA tendency toward propaganda, which seems more prevalent since she took over.


HT @MolotovFlicker via Twitter.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Imaginary Defence




Imaginary Defence...

As Brabin-Smith and Schreer rightly point out, the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHDs) are multi-purpose amphibious assault ships and as such represent a major improvement in the ADF’s ability to project force in the region.

M-1 tank (no good). Helicopters: big problems.

Project what force? A force for good in low threat environs/security, other than war? Sure. But then do we need ships that big?

The author of the post is an Army officer. Thus far, he has come the closest of anyone in the ASPI circle of friends to make some sense.

There are a lot of UAV solutions I would like to see.

Australia should be up front observing UCAS-N. Land-based of course but it will go far after being tanked.

But back to the big crew-intensive floating question-mark Canberra-class. I will be interested to see how they are replenished at sea, crewed and paid for.

Maybe we could get some money back having them as floating casinos. One in Sydney and one in Brisbane.


(Proposed Canberra-class hanger deck, since the current
aviation solutions suck)


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-New Defence White Paper fails to address Australia's core security needs
-2009 Defence White Paper Fantasy
-Analysing "The ADF Air Combat Capability- On the Record"
-Find out who is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer mess
-Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed
-New DMO Boss warns the staff that business as usual is over
-How dangerous is the Defence Material Organisation to our Defence Industry?
-Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology
-More on the dud-jamming gear Defence wants to buy
-ADF cost per flying hour
-I will wipe out bullying vows new Defence chief (Houston 2005)
-Vacancy
-Put Vol 2 Report of DLA Piper Review into the light of day
-Rory and Jim
-Parasitism as an Abstraction for Organizational Dysfunctions
-Hobart-class "Air Warfare Destroyer" to be fielded with obsolete radar guidance technology
-The Decay Of Critical Military Thinking And Writing-With Particular Reference To The RAAF
-Newspaper guy gets it right about sub project.... big time
-The great M-1 tank myth
-*UPDATE* Fear and loathing in Canberra - Audit released on MRH-90 helicopter project 
-RAN bullies contractor over Collins sub replacement
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - Star-ranks
-Air Warfare Destroyer -- Billions, not millions over budget
-Australia's M-1 tanks are... a downgrade compared to what it had
-Weak links put on rubber-stamp Defence panel
-Stop the nonsense (Collins-class submarine replacement)
-Insert Joke Here
-Tyranny of distance--Long, drawn out helicopter projects are unsustainable
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - cost per flying hour over the last budget year
-Tiger savaged by Navy League of Australia
-Tiger helicopter update
-Overview of corruption in Australia

Reader comments 24 Nov 14

In regard to the previous post...


Johnno - 14 hours ago

Brisbane would be the only realistic site it has an (underused) dry dock (Cairnscross 85K tonnes DWT). Further north in Australia there is nothing capable of docking a ship bigger than 2000T.

Being so close to Asia has utterly destroyed the civilian ship repair industry. For example, ferry's connecting Victoria and Tasmania tend to go to Singapore for maintenance.

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Johnno - 13 hours ago

Talking about following people about, you probably haven't seen this yet

http://news.defence.gov.au/2014/11/23/hmas-success-deploys-to-middle-east/

The RAN has 2 fleet tankers, Sirius a converted 15kn merchant tanker based in WA and Success a Durance class fleet tanker based in Sydney. With Success committed to the Middle East for the next 6 months the East Coast RAN is hot going very far. Any attempt at tracking is going to be limited by the need to go into a friendly port for fuel and supplies.

Good thing the Russians seem to have gone home.


Re: Johnno's link:

"Success will relieve Anzac class frigate HMAS Toowoomba, which will return shortly before Christmas."

Replenishment ship replaces Frigate. Huh?

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Bushranger 71 - 6 hours ago

The brilliant strategists in Canberra recently condoned Forgacs at Newcastle selling off their floating dock which had been used over time for RAN warship maintenance.

It would have been far smarter for the Federal Government to buy the asset, deploying same where most geographically suitable and leasing to defence industry.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Not enough subs to do what?


(Best buddies. So what's the big deal? Australian PM Abbott
and Russia's Putin a few days ago.)



Which goes back to what I have stated in the past. Instead of going for a handful of gold-plated replacements for the Collins-class, best to have higher number of smaller, affordable subs. How many German 214s could we buy with $20B? How many French subs?


Russian ships expose failings of Australian submarine operations

Australia was unable to send a submarine to monitor a fleet of Russian warships in the Coral Sea during the G20 meeting because all of its available boats were on the other side of the country.

The predicament robbed the navy of a chance to gather valuable intelligence against the Russian flotilla and will increase pressure on the federal government to consider a new submarine base on the east coast in the forthcoming defence white paper.

It also meant the navy could not ascertain for certain whether a Russian nuclear submarine was accompanying the four Russian ships as they sailed off northern Australia in a show of force designed to coincide with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Brisbane for the G20 meeting.

So in any event, the Australian public generously hand over billions for Defence--last budget $29B. For a population of around 24 million. Where the workforce is much smaller.

All. For what?


The submarine HMAS Rankin was in transit from Albany in Western Australia to Hobart, where it arrived this week, while the navy’s two other operational submarines were conducting work-up trials in the waters off Perth, thousands of kilometres from the Russian flotilla.

The remaining three submarines in the fleet were in various stages of maintenance in Adelaide and Perth. US warships also monitored the Russian flotilla near Japan as it headed south towards Australia.

Sources say an Australian submarine could have been sent to monitor the Russians if there had been a submarine base on the east coast — an option which has been examined by navy but not adopted by the government. The 2012 Force Posture Review written by former defence secretaries Ric Smith and Allan Hawke said the navy was studying options for an east coast submarine base to supplement Fleet Base West near Fremantle in Western Australia where all six Collins-class submarines are now based.

The current DM said that 12 probably would not be the replacement number for the Collins. 6? Maybe. And then...the exact same problem mentioned above.


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Stop the nonsense

What is available at a reasonable cost and schedule?
Spanish Sub: weight, design problems. Swedish Sub: Industry uncertain. Japanese Sub: configuration significantly uncertain. German Sub: stable design / production. French Sub: stable design / production (Scorpène-class submarine)


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-New Defence White Paper fails to address Australia's core security needs
-2009 Defence White Paper Fantasy
-Analysing "The ADF Air Combat Capability- On the Record"
-Find out who is responsible for the Air Warfare Destroyer mess
-Analysis of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Projects Management and What Needs to be Fixed
-New DMO Boss warns the staff that business as usual is over
-How dangerous is the Defence Material Organisation to our Defence Industry?
-Australia's Failing Defence Structure and Management Methodology
-More on the dud-jamming gear Defence wants to buy
-ADF cost per flying hour
-I will wipe out bullying vows new Defence chief (Houston 2005)
-Vacancy
-Put Vol 2 Report of DLA Piper Review into the light of day
-Rory and Jim
-Parasitism as an Abstraction for Organizational Dysfunctions
-Hobart-class "Air Warfare Destroyer" to be fielded with obsolete radar guidance technology
-The Decay Of Critical Military Thinking And Writing-With Particular Reference To The RAAF
-Newspaper guy gets it right about sub project.... big time
-The great M-1 tank myth
-*UPDATE* Fear and loathing in Canberra - Audit released on MRH-90 helicopter project 
-RAN bullies contractor over Collins sub replacement
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - Star-ranks
-Air Warfare Destroyer -- Billions, not millions over budget
-Australia's M-1 tanks are... a downgrade compared to what it had
-Weak links put on rubber-stamp Defence panel
-Stop the nonsense (Collins-class submarine replacement)
-Insert Joke Here
-Tyranny of distance--Long, drawn out helicopter projects are unsustainable
-2014-15 ADF budget shocker - cost per flying hour over the last budget year
-Tiger savaged by Navy League of Australia
-Tiger helicopter update
-Overview of corruption in Australia

Cartoon time-steerable AESA on Typhoon

The Typhoon is an extreme performance aircraft.

Its infra-red search and track (IRST) can detect F-22s.

I hope the steerable AESA in this video becomes very successful.

The music sucks. Not surprised there.


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Roll away

Big news!!!

LOL


Those costs do not include engine prices.

The roll-away price. Desperate news plugging.

Also not counted?  Long-lead. Engineering changes, and a bunch of other stuff.

You can look and see what USAF pays to get an F-35A into the squadron (Weapon system unit costs). (PDF file)

USAF hasn't done well at predicting prices in the past. Maybe now those predictions will get a little better?


Overall, US forces will receive 19 F-35As for the Air Force, six F-35Bs for the Marine Corps and four F-35C models, three for the US Navy and one for the Marines. In addition, the contract covers the first two F-35As for Israel, the first four F-35As for Japan, two additional F-35As for Norway and two F-35As for Italy.


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We don't need thousands of F-35s

Reader comments -- AC's Rate of Climb

Update: Acquisition Malpractice

JSF Partner Nations lose more workshare dollars

USMC F-35 pilots won't fly much

F-35 production increases are not justified




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-Time's Battleland - 5 Part series on F-35 procurement - 2013 
-Summary of Air Power Australia F-35 points
-Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week and the F-35
-U.S. Government Accounting Office (GAO) F-35 reports
-F-35 JSF: Cold War Anachronism Without a Mission
-History of F-35 Production Cuts
-Looking at the three Japan contenders (maneuverability)
-How the Canadian DND misleads the public about the F-35
-Value of STOVL F-35B over-hyped
-Cuckoo in the nest--U.S. DOD DOT&E F-35 report is out
-6 Feb 2012 Letter from SASC to DOD boss Panetta questioning the decision to lift probation on the F-35B STOVL.
-USAFs F-35 procurement plan is not believable
-December 2011 Australia/Canada Brief
-F-35 Key Performance Perimeters (KPP) and Feb 2012 CRS report
-F-35 DOD Select Acquisition Report (SAR) FY2012
-Release of F-35 2012 test report card shows continued waste on a dud program
-Australian Defence answers serious F-35 project concerns with "so what?"
-Land of the Lost (production cut history update March 2013)
-Outgoing LM F-35 program boss admits to flawed weight assumptions (March 2013)
-A look at the F-35 program's astro-turfing
-F-35 and F-16 cost per flying hour
-Is this aircraft worth over $51B of USMC tac-air funding?
-Combat radius and altitude, A model
-F-35A, noise abatement and airfields and the USAF
-Deceptive marketing practice: F-35 blocks
-The concurrency fraud
-The dung beetle's "it's known" lie
-F-35's air-to-air ability limited
-F-35 Blocks--2006 and today
-The F-35B design is leaking fuel
-F-35 deliveries
-ADF's wacky F-35 assumptions
-Gauging performance, the 2008 F-35, Davis dream brief
-Aboriginal brought out as a prop
-Super Kendall's F-35 problem
-LM sales force in pre-Internet era
-History of F-35 engine problems
-Compare
-JSF hopes and dreams...early days of the Ponzi Scheme
-The Prognostics
-2002--Australia joins the F-35 program