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Report: F-35 Engine Production Plagued With Recurring Quality Problems

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

The F-35 fighter jets ordered by Israel have been beset by one problem after another, repeatedly delaying delivery of the aircraft. But one of the most serious issues is the recurring manufacturing problems in its engine production.

The engines are to be installed in the fighters, built by Lockheed Martin Corp. United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney military aircraft unit delivered the engines on time as promised last year. But flaws in the “turbine blades and electronic control systems resulted in maintenance activity to remove suspect hardware from the operational fleet,” according to the Pentagon’s Selected Acquisition Report sent to Congress, Bloomberg News reported.

Pratt & Whitney “has taken action to improve quality surveillance within their manufacturing processes,” according to the report, which was prepared with the F-35 program office.

Manufacturing quality assurance experts at the Defense Department also worked to ensure improvements were in place as the firm moves head with production of the single-engine aircraft.

One of the quality issues described in an email with Bloomberg as minor by Joe DellaVedova, a spokesperson for the Pentagon’s F-35 office, was a June 2014 second-stage engine fire that grounded 97 of the fighter jets from test flights. The engine part that led to the fire had to be redesigned and the issue prevented the F-35 from making a debut at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

According to the contract management agency, there were five incidents involving F-35 engine quality deficiencies at Pratt & Whitney. They involved a low-pressure turbine blade, a high-pressure turbine blade and a “roll-post actuator.”

The historical average is eight such incidents a year in a four year period, according to the agency.

Rolls Royce Holdings Plc, subcontractor to Pratt & Whitney, was cited by the agency in July “for failure to notify the government of known non-conformance on drive shafts” from a supplier.

The response by Rolls Royce spokesperson George McLaren was an email that pointed out, “no F-35 production or flight interruptions occurred.”

Perhaps everything’s okay as long as nothing appears broken and no one is hurt or killed during the test flight phase.

But it’s scary to think that an aircraft still having this many problems is the “stealth fighter” Israel is depending on to lead the fight against Iran, should there be a question of taking a military stance against Tehran.

IAF teams have reportedly been working with Lockheed Martin in Texas in order to tweak the aircraft’s design into place before the first F-35s are due to arrive in Israel towards the end of this year. But there is now a real question about the delivery date, given the ongoing difficulties identified with the engine production, and with another issue as well: the flow of software data between the jet and base.

A revelation made by Defense Aerospace last November (2015) exposed what could a nasty side note on the part of the American military in terms of the jet’s design when in use by a client nation.

The publication wrote the U.S. made a unilateral decision to base all F-35 software laboratories on U.S. territory, where U.S. personnel will manage operation and support of all the F-35 fleets, foreign and domestic.

But that’s incredibly dangerous.

The F-35 must maintain permanent data exchanges with the software labs and logistic support computers to operate effectively.

Such a move, unprecedented and dangerous, introduces a massive risk that the jets may be disabled or even downed in extreme cases, any time the two-way flow of information is disrupted for any reason.

This vulnerability is not necessarily one attributable to negative intent, but rather loss of Internet on the part of the U.S. operators for any reason – accidental corruption of a router or cable, malicious Russian submarine cutting an undersea Internet cable, etc. – and one that could result in the death of valuable personnel and loss of a $100 million aircraft.

Hana Levi Julian

Hamas Vows Revenge Against Israel for Air Strikes in Gaza

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization has vowed to take revenge against Israel over air strikes that reportedly killed two on Saturday.

The air strikes came in response to four Qassam rocket attacks fired at southern Israel from Gaza by Hamas terrorists on Friday night.

Hamas called the retaliation an “escalation” and placed “full responsibility” on Israel.

Jewish families in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council district were forced to race for shelter when the Red Alert siren sounded a warning just after 10 pm.

All four Qassam rockets exploded in open fields barely seconds after the siren activated.

Israeli Air Force pilots targeted a Hamas military terrorist base near Beit Lahiya the next morning in retaliation for the attacks.

Two children, ages 10 and 6, were allegedly killed when debris from the base next door struck their home, according to Hamas.

“The blood of the children killed in the Zionist raid will not flow in vain,” warned the Izz a-Din al-Qassam Brigades military wing of Hamas in a statement. “Our patience with the attacks of the enemy has its limits.”

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Rocket Fire, Targets Hamas Training Camp

Monday, January 25th, 2016

IAF aircraft bombed a Hamas military training facility in central Gaza early Monday. The attack came in retaliation to a rocket attack late Sunday night.

Red Alert air raid sirens woke sleeping children and families in communities in the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council, triggered by the rocket fire from Gaza.

In January alone, three rockets have been launched from Gaza and have hit Israeli territory. IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said, “Tonight, families in southern Israel were once again forced to find shelter, fleeing radical Islamic terrorism emanating from the Gaza Strip.

“Hamas is responsible and is accountable for all attacks from the Gaza Strip. The IDF will continue to operate and defend against those that undermine Israeli sovereignty while jeopardizing the safety and wellbeing of civilians.”

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Attacks Terror Cell Along Gaza Security Fence

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Israeli fighter pilots attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning in a joint operation with Shin Bet operatives.

The Gaza terrorists were planting bombs along the security fence along the region’s northern border with Israel, which were set to detonate as an IDF patrol passed by.

The plan was disrupted by the Israeli Air Force attack, which killed at least one terrorist – 23-year-old Musa Za’aytar. Three other Gaza operatives were wounded – their condition is unknown.

Israeli farmers were warned yesterday to maintain a distance of at least one kilometer from the border fence due to a terror threat.

After the IAF operation, farmers were told to maintain their distance for some time longer, to ensure their safety from any retaliation over Israel’s attack.

The orders have since been lifted.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said, “Forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.

“The IDF will continue to protect the residence of Israel and the forces guarding them on the borders.”

Gaza terrorists have made a regular practice of mining the area along the border fence. IDF engineers sweep the area daily to track down and defuse any explosives that might be planted as an ambush for Israel’s military border patrols.

Hana Levi Julian

Congratulations Class #171

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The 171st Air Force pilot’s course held their graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015.

Blue Skies.

Air Force Graduation Ceremony



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Air Force ‘Retaliates’ for Rocket Attack

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015


The Israeli Air Force attacked “two terror sites of the Hamas organization” in southern Gaza Monday night following a rocket strike on Gaza Belt communities.

It exploded in an open area, causing no injuries, no damage, more tension, stress and another sleepless night for Jews living near the area from where Jews were expelled and from where the IDF withdrew 10 years ago to make Israel safer.

The IDF Spokesman’s office noted that last night’s attack was the 18th of the year.

They have become so routine that one major website in Israel reported that the rocket was “lobbed,” like a softball.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said what everyone living near Gaza knows, calling the situation “intolerable.”

In fact, it has become tolerable, just like years of official Palestinian Authority incitement was tolerated until the results of terror have become intolerable and uncontrollable. Gaza Belt Jews tolerate the constant stress and trauma and occasional injuries, property damage, and sometimes death.

The government tolerates it.

The IDF tolerates it.

Until the next war.

For the record, the IDF stated:

The intolerable reality of civilians continually living under the threat of Gaza rockets is unacceptable, unbearable and must stop. Hamas must enforce their responsibilities or face the consequences. We will act against those that attack us and hold those that enable attacks against Israel accountable.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

NATO Course Teaches Israel Air Force Air Traffic Controllers

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The IAF “Gulfstream” Squadron hosted the NATO Course for air traffic controllers last week in Nevatim Airbase to learn to operate in the English language according to NATO’s military tactics.

“We began adopting some of the American controlling regulations in 2001”, said Lt. Col. (Res.) Erez Reyvit, the course commander. “NATO’s military tactics are unique, organized, reflects a more clear image of the enemy and cannot be deviated from and therefore the learning process is difficult and requires a lot of practice”.

Corporal Meytal Linzer, a simulator instructor from the “Gulfstream” Squadron and the leader of the course, explained:

The instructor set the aerial image the controller sees on his screen and we change it and take it and increase the level of difficulty to make it harder to decipher. After each sortie we debrief them in order to create progress and independent learning process

IAF Lt. Col. Sigal Benglas said, “The biggest difficulty if obviously the language. You have to adopt a completely different way of thinking and get used to the orders given in English, which are also sometimes different from their Hebrew translation.”

IDF Spokesperson's Office

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