April 14, 2016
A dozen USAF F-22 Raptors have arrived at RAF Lakenheath for a month-long series of drills with the RAF and other NATO allies.
The UK has received its fourth and final pre-operational, F-35 test aircraft.
The Royal Netherlands Air force has cleared its Douglas KDC-10 aerial tankers to refuel the F-35 stealth fighter, following successful trials. The tanker certification was one of the requirements for accepting delivery of the first Dutch F-35 in May.
The Defense Department has reached an agreement with Pratt & Whitney for a $1.4 billion contract for the ninth low rate initial production (LRIP) batch of F135 engines. The contract covers the delivery of 66 engines, as well as spares, extra parts, and support.
China has deployed 16 J-11 fighters to an air base on a disputed islands in the South China Sea. The J-11 is China's designation for the Russian-designed Su-27 Flanker.
Two Russian Su-24 Fencer strike-jets made simulated low-level bombing runs on the USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea. U.S. officials have protested the low-level passes, which forced the Donald Cook to suspend helicopter operations to avoid a possible collision. The Russian aircraft came within 30 feet of the U.S. warship.
Japanese officials expect the first flight test of their X-2 technology demonstrator to occur by the end of April.