January 7, 2016
After months of negotiation, India has finally signed a final contract with France for the delivery of 36 Dassault Rafale fighters.
India's Tejas fighter will make its first international appearance at an air show in Bahrain later this month.
Differences between India and Russia over the terms of their agreement for delivery of an Indian version of the T-50 PAK-FA "stealth" fighter continued to dog the leaders of the two nations during their recent summit in Moscow. No resolution is reported to have been found.
Although China's J-20 "stealth" fighter has entered production ahead of Russia's PAK-FA, China's state-sponsored news agencies have acknowledged that much like the PAK-FA, the airplane will not be able to reach its full potential until a more powerful engine becomes available.
Japanese officials have released additional photos as they prepare for the first flight of the ATD-X Shinshin advanced fighter demonstrator, currently scheduled to take place in February.
With contract negotiations complete, KAI has formally begun work on Korea's KF-X next-generation "stealth" fighter.