F35 - Money well spent.

Doesn't MM's post contain phrases which smack of the worst kind of obfuscating management-speak.

Such as: "support trades" , "minimal support to austere locations" "large ISTAR platforms" "nominated to deploy", and so on. What do they mean in plain English?
 
Doesn't MM's post contain phrases which smack of the worst kind of obfuscating management-speak.

Such as: "support trades" , "minimal support to austere locations" "large ISTAR platforms" "nominated to deploy", and so on. What do they mean in plain English?
ISTAR is Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance; a common military acronym (although I personally prefer ISR). Beyond that, I’m not entirely sure how much more ‘plain’ I can make it.

Ultimately, this is a website which was established by, for, and is therefore frequented by serving and retired military personnel. If you do not have a similar background, you may come up against some terminology which is perhaps unfamiliar to you.

Regards,
MM
 
Your succinct reply is admirably refreshing. You didn't say "I take a negative view".
ISTAR is Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance; a common military acronym (although I personally prefer ISR). Beyond that, I’m not entirely sure how much more ‘plain’ I can make it.

Ultimately, this is a website which was established by, for, and is therefore frequented by serving and retired military personnel. If you do not have a similar background, you may come up against some terminology which is perhaps unfamiliar to you.

Regards,
MM
Is that a polite way of saying "Sod off civilian"?
 
Your succinct reply is admirably refreshing. You didn't say "I take a negative view".


Is that a polite way of saying "Sod off civilian"?
No - that's a way of saying, maybe if you are out of your depth, you really shouldn't be commenting on things you don't really understand?

I get told off as well, despite having served. Just take it on the chin and move on.
 
Is that a polite way of saying "Sod off civilian"?
Not at all.

However, it was perhaps a polite way of suggesting that if you don’t understand something, you may be better off asking politely yourself for an explanation rather than accusing someone of ‘obfuscating management-speak.’

That would be the same on military and civilian websites! :)

Regards,
MM
 
Is that a polite way of saying "Sod off civilian"?
I would read it as “wind your neck in”, if I were inferring it as hostile.
But I don’t think it is. Perhaps if you wanted to understand those bits you are unclear on, you could highlight them and people would probably explain if you had asked nicely.

For example, “support trades”my understanding (as a civilian with an interest) is that “trades” refer to particular jobs, for which people are trained. “Support” should be self-explanatory. So “support trades” would be those people with appropriate training for their roles who would support equipment, vehicles or operations, such as mechanics, it specialists, engineers etc.
 
That certainly was a secret - it was U110 (Lemp) that was boarded by HMS Bulldog and provided the first complete Enigma machine and code books. Described by HM George VI as the most significant moment of the war at sea.

The RN website reported that the F-35B was off to Akrotiri last month:

Naval pilots take F-35 Lightnings overseas for first time | Royal Navy
 
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That certainly was a secret - it was U110 (Lemp) that was boarded by HMS Bullldog and provided the first complete Enigma machine and code books.
Both U-110 and U-559 'contributed' their Enigma and associated codes to the Allied cause, but it was the latter which resulted in the award of 2 x posthumous GCs and a GM.

The RN website reported that the F-35B was off to Akrotiri last month:

Naval pilots take F-35 Lightnings overseas for first time | Royal Navy
I know; just not when.

Regards,
MM
 
With the first USAF F-35A fighter wing now fully operational one of The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellows who was himself a 25 year USAF veteran John Venable recently had the opportunity to conduct structured interviews with 30 F-35A combat pilots.

21 were previously experienced former fourth-generation fighter pilots, 9 in their first fighter assignment, as well as senior operations and maintenance leaders at Hill Air Force Base (AFB), UT.

Their collective perspectives and insights, good and bad were analysed and form the basis of this Heritage Foundation report: The F-35A—The Most Dominant Multirole Fighter in the World.

This is an in depth report, and a good read for anyone who has been interested in and following the progress of this major Western weapon system, and does not appear to be a puff piece or try and put a gloss on everything.
The F-35A Fighter Is the Most Dominant and Lethal Multi-Role Weapons System in the World: Now Is the Time to Ramp Up Production

The video which is long, was also quite interesting as it has a lot of common systems with both the B and C. Some points brought I found interesting were that brand new pilots were not having to forget/unlearn practices and procedures from previous 4th Gen equipment, were adapting very well with the aircraft, the hours/sorties presently being flown seemed by all pilots seemed rather low, and the fact that LM are producing ready to fly aircraft quicker that the USAF are training pilots for them, or indeed the spares required for the planes they have.
 
This will make the largest F-35 operator outside the US...
I suspect that we’ll drop further down the list as I doubt we’ll get many more than 100 F-35s.

Regards,
MM
 

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