January 14, 2016
A software fix for the ejection seat for the F-35 fighter has been delayed until 2018, meaning that restrictions on the weight for which pilots can fly the new airplane will remain in effect until then. Currently, the F-35 ejection seat could cause injury or death to pilots who weigh less than 165-lb.
The U.S. Air Force's multinational pilot training center at Luke AFB now has a pool of 34 F-35 fighters on hand, in U.S., Australian and Norwegian livery. Luke AFB is responsible for pilot transition training in the new fighter.
A ceremony was held at Lockheed Martin's factory in Fort Worth, TX to mark the completion of the first F-35 fuselage destined for Israel.
India is reportedly examining a possible increase in the order for 36 Rafale fighters that was recently inked between the two governments. Officials are reportedly attempting to negotiate terms for an expanded purchase - to include an additional 18 aircraft - in advance of a visit by France's President Hollande on January 25-27th.