Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fighter Jet Times - October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015

The F-35's heavier helmet - which provides it with a binocular helmet-mounted display - is expected to exacerbate the ongoing ejection seat issues for the airplane.

The U.S. Navy is proceeding with additional sea trials for the F-35C carrier variant aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Korea's Defense Minister is expected to ask the U.S. government to reconsider its decision to deny the transfer of key technologies associated with the F-35 fighter, as part of a proposed deal between the Korean government and Lockheed Martin.

Korea has reportedly reached out to European suppliers to assist in the development of key elements in the avionics package for their proposed KF-X fighter.  Korean industry had previously hoped to leverage learning from participation in the F-35 program to jump-start the development of their own, indigenous stealth fighter.

Germany has temporarily suspended deliveries of the Eurofighter Typhoon following the discover of quality defects in the airplane's vertical stabilizer.

Russian news reports claim that Russian fighters have attempted to intercept U.S. aircraft operating over contested air space in Syria.  The U.S. and Russia are reportedly close to an agreement on procedures to reduce the chances of an unintended clash between U.S. and Russian fighters in the region.

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