Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - February 18, 2016

February 18, 2016

The United States deployed four F-22 fighters to South Korea this past week, in what is being read as an indication of Washington's displeasure over North Korea's recent nuclear test, and ballistic missile test.

Although a solution has been identified, corrections to the F-35 ejection seat - which prevents pilots below 62 kg (136 lb) from flying the new airplane - are expected to take over a year to validate and implement throughout the fleet.

Israel Aerospace Industries has been directed to produce an additional 40 F-35 wing sets this next year.  IAI's state-of-the-art wing manufacturing facility is expected to produce 800 wing sets over the next decade.

Kuwait is expected to finalize a deal for 28 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters next week, during a state visit to Italy.

The U.S. State Department has officially approved the sale of an additional eight F-16s to Pakistan.  However, the deal must also pass Congressional review, with some members of Congress pledging to block the sale.

Iran has reportedly negotiated a large purchase of Su-30 fighters from Russia, in addition to the previously announced S-300 surface-to-air missile sale.  As part of the arrangement Iran is expected to set up a local assembly line to build and maintain the aircraft.

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