March 10, 2016
In addition to ongoing reliability and operational issues with the airplane's mission software, it has been revealed that the radar system on the F-35 also requires frequent reboots - sometimes while the airplane is flying.
The U.S. Air Force has named seven major suppliers supporting the B-21 bomber program, including engine supplier Pratt & Whitney - which also produces the engines for the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.
Although the pace of China's military budget growth has slowed together with the overall Chinese economy, China continues to transform its military into a modern fighting force, complete with the latest technology in fighters, missiles, and warships.
China has announced the formation of a new conglomerate responsible for the development of jet engines, combining previously existing design bureaus into a single, larger entity to pool resources. The new conglomerate combines Sichuan Chengfa Aero Science & Technology Co, Avic Aviation Engine Corp, and Avic Aero-Engine Controls Co. Although Chinese industry has succeeded in reverse engineering a variety of weapons systems, a modern, reliable, indigenous Chinese engine has continued to elude developers.
Administrative snags have delayed the formal launch of Turkey's indigenous fighter program.
Israeli officials have reportedly shared intelligence with Russia that shows that Iran has transferred Russian-supplied SA-22 surface-to-air missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon - prompting Russia to temporarily suspend the delivery of additional missiles to Iran. The SA-22, also known as the Pantsir-S1, is one of the newest Russian mobile missile designs, combining a medium-range surface-to-air missile battery with radar guided artillery.