Friday, April 8, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - April 8, 2016

April 8, 2016

U.S. officials have suggested that the presence of the F-35 at upcoming air shows in Europe will send a pointed message to Russia and others about NATO's future warfighting capabilities.

Israel has been developing a plan to increase their ability to operate the F-35 autonomously from the U.S., including the installation of their own communications systems into Israeli F-35s, and the ability to perform most heavy maintenance in-country rather than relying in a depot in the U.S. or Europe.

With the final details of India's Rafale purchase continuing to be debated, U.S. manufacturers at Lockheed Martin and Boeing have made new proposals for assemblying F-16s and F/A-18s in India.

Kuwait has concluded its contract negotiations for a previously announced buy of 28 Eurofighter Typhoons.

A South Korean F-16D crashed this past week during military drills between South Korea and the U.S.  Both pilots ejected safely.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Turkish fighter jets have carried out strikes against Kurdish rebels, targeting PKK positions in northern Iraq.  The air strikes come after the PKK claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Ankara that killed 37 people this past month.  The PKK operates primarily out of Syria and within Turkey - as opposed to Iraq's indigenous Pesh Merga Kurdish militia, which has been fighting ISIS gains in Iraq.

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