May 12, 2016
The Danish government has recommended the purchase of 27 Lockheed-Martin F-35 fighters, a proposal which now needs to be approved by the Danish parliament. The government had been debating whether to go forward with the purchase of the new jet, or to buy less expensive, prior generation aircraft to replace the nation's aging fleet of F-16s.
During a recent visit to an F-35 test squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, media representatives reported observing the many error messages and false warning signals that are still standard fare for the F-35's complex computer systems. One false alarm, for example, was only silenced when the airplane's power unit was shut down, and switched back on - twice.
The first F-35s to be built for Japan are expected to be delivered by year-end, with the first four expected to roll off the assembly line in November.
India is expected to finalize its terms for purchase of the Russian-developed PAK-FA, or FGFA (fifth generation fighter aircraft) as it is sometimes referred to in India, within the next few months.
India and France continue to negotiate the fine print surrounding the sale of 36 Rafale fighter jets to India.
China dispatched two fighter jets and three naval vessels to monitor the passage of the guided missile destroyer USS William Lawrence through the South China Sea, through waters that are claimed by China, Vietnam and other neighboring countries. The U.S. naval vessel came within 22 km of Fiery Cross Reef, where the Chinese have dredged sand from the ocean floor to build up an artificial island, and on which they have built a 3,000 meter runway and military port facilities.