November 26, 2015
The UK has accelerated its purchase plans for the F-35B stealth fighter, announcing that a new squadron will be formed to help integrate the new airplane at a faster pace.
Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 strike jet his past week, after it strayed across the Turkish-Syrian border. Both pilots successfully ejected from the airplane, although one was shot and killed by Turkish-backed, Syrian rebel forces while he descended on his parachute.
In response to the recent downing of a Russian strike jet over Turkey, Russia has announced that it will deploy its most advanced surface-to-air missile system, the S-400 to Syria. Capable of detecting aircraft and missiles up to 250 miles away, the new missile is expected to be deployed near the Syrian air base of Latakia.
Israeli fighter jets reportedly struck a Hezbollah site on the border between Syria and Lebanon. The Israeli government has repeatedly warned that it would not allow the Syrian civil war to be used as a cover for the transfer of additional heavy arms to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Pakistan has confirmed that it will continue to use Russian-made, RD-93 engines on its Chinese-designed JF-17 fighters, after concluding that the latest Chinese attempts to reverse-engineer an engine for the airplane had failed. China continues to use Russian-supplied engines for its front-line fighters, including for the Chinese-produced Chengdu J-10, and for the experimental J-20 and J-31 stealth fighters.
The U.S. government has voiced additional reservations over the proposed transfer of technology to South Korea for the development of Korea's KF-X indigenous stealth fighters. Lockheed Martin had agreed in principal to assist in the program and to transfer key technologies - similar to the assistance provided to develop South Korea's T-50 trainer and FA-50 lightweight fighter - provided that export approval could be obtained from the U.S. State Department.