January 21, 2015
Some in the Pentagon are reportedly planning to evolve a version of the F-35 into a "cognitive electronic warfare" platform, that would ferret out new anti-aircraft threats and identify the means to combat them on-the-fly.
Cost continues to hound the F-35 program, at a time when the Air Force is attempting to procure both the F-35, and the KC-46 tanker, and the LRS-B all at the same time.
The U.S. Department of Defense has reached an agreement with Pratt & Whitney for the delivery of the next two lots of engines that will power the F-35. The deal covers 53 LRIP 9 and 87 LRIP 10 engines. Deliveries of LRIP 9 aircraft are expected to begin later this year.
Russia intends to begin delivery of Su-35 fighters to China later this year. China has contracted for 24 of the new airplanes.
Despite protests from India and a potential showdown with Congress, the Obama administration is moving forward with plans to sell eight additional F-16 fighters to Pakistan.
Although the prototype for Japan's Shinshin fighter demonstrator has already been rolled out, work is continuing in parallel towards developing the engine technology necessary to produce a future indigenous warplane.