Friday, August 28, 2015

Fighter Jet Times - August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

The US Air Force announced this week that it will be deploying the F-22 Raptor to Europe for the first time.  Air Force Secretary Deborah James cited "Russia’s military activity in the Ukraine" when making the announcement.

Russia's PAK-FA, T-50 prototype became the star attraction at this year's MAKS-2015 air show outside of Moscow, putting on an impressive aerobatic display.

Russian news sources are reporting that the first production examples of the PAK-FA could be delivered by the end of 2016 - at least two years earlier than reported a few years ago, when the PAK-FA began flight test.  The announcement comes after resports that Russia intends to reduce its purchases of the new fighter due to its high cost.

The first F-35A Lightening has been delivered to the USAF's Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, NV.

Rumors continue to circulate that Iran has closed a deal to purchase J-10 fighters from China, as part of an oil-for-weapons exchange.

China recently completed a joint military drill with Russia in the Sea of Japan, that included the participation of two J-10 fighters and two JH-7 strike jets.  The drill reportedly was focused on combined arms support for amphibious landings.

A Chinese developer at this year's MAKS-2015 air show has been showcasing a suite of new air-to-air and air-to-ground sensors under development for Chinese and Russian fighters.  The Beijing-based A-Star Science and Technology company reports that its EOTS-89 electro-optical targeting system and EORD-31 infrared search and track systems are being aimed at China's J-20 and J-31 fighters now in development.

Japan's Technical Research and Development Institute has reportedly been directed to focus on the development of new sensors and missiles to counter-act the introduction of China's low-observable J-20 fighter.  The J-20 is expected to reach operational units in China by 2018.

China and Russia are reportedly close to an agreement for the sale of twenty four Su-35 fighters to China.  The Su-35 is the latest, most evolved version of the Su-27 Flanker family.

France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is expected to visit India next week, where he's hoping to close on final terms for the delivery of thirty six Rafale fighters ordered by India.

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