About time – JSF and the Brits

Great Britain and U.S. come to agreement on technology transfer

Although the political relationship could change overnight, there’s no doubt that they’re the strongest of our close allies, and (along with Australia) a core member of the group that seems to be awake to the danger the free people of the world are facing. The technology transfer issue has threatened to end Britain’s participation in the JSF program.

The alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F136, is also possibly coming back from the dead. It’s to be built by Rolls Royce and GE, and the Brits are understandably eager to reap some rewards from the JSF program.


  1. There are a couple of stories today regarding the F-135 engine VTOL variant running too hot. I could swear that a member of the original JSF design team told me the GE engine was the only one that would work for the airplane because it was the only design flexible enough to handle the cycle conversion required to go from vertical to horizontal flight. Maybe I misunderstood, but I’m pretty sure that’s what I was told. It’s ironic they are trying to kill the engine that has the higher probability of supporting the VTOL mission in order to add funding for the failing F-119 variant.

  2. I hope Bush got a guarantee carved in stone and signed in blood from Blair that the French won’t see our technology.