Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016

Congress has directed the U.S. Air Force to investigate the cost of restarting the production line for the F-22 Raptor.  Previous studies have suggested that restarting F-22 production would cost $2 billion - just to rebuild tooling and requalify manufacturing processes.

A new report by the Government Accountability Office suggests that software glitches with the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), which is intended to schedule maintenance and clear each individual aircraft for flight each day, could threaten a fleetwide grounding of the F-35.

Conflicting accounts have reported that the terms for India's purchase of 36 Rafale fighters had either been "finalized" or would be completed "soon".  Terms for the arrangement have been in negotiation since April 2015.

The Obama administration is expected to announce approval for the sale of 36 F-15E Strike Eagles to Qatar and 24 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to Kuwait during President Obama's tour of the Persian Gulf states later this month.

South Korea is expected to select an engine provider for its KF-X fighter, now in the early stages of development, by the end of April.  GE Aircraft and Eurojet Turbo are both contenders for the contract.

Iran is reportedly negotiating a deal for Russian-produced Su-30SM fighters, to compliment the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles already on order.

The U.S. has formally protested the "unsafe and unprofessional air intercept" of a Russian fighter, which intercepted a U.S. RC-135 surveillance aircraft over the Baltic Sea this past week, passing within 50 feet of the U.S. aircraft before performing a barrel roll overhead.

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