October 14, 2016
Lockheed Martin officials have emphasized that they are seeking to find additional work share agreements for F-35 components for Japanese manufacturers, after previous attempts to negotiate agreements with Japanese industry failed. Japan has 42 F-35 fighters on order, but work share agreements are believed to be essential to ensure that future Japanese governments do not decide to cancel or scale back Japan's order.
Japanese officials are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the next phase in development of the proposed F-3 indigenous stealth fighter, or to select a less expensive, foreign alternative.
Norway has become the first international partner to agree to be part of a proposed "block buy" of F-35 fighters, in an effort to lower the fighter's cost. The Norwegian government has proposed funding for 12 additional F-35 aircraft, due for delivery in 2019 through 2020, which would bring Norway's total F-35 order to 40 aircraft.
U.S. officials have denied claims being circulated by Russia, contending that the S-400 and S-300V4 surface-to-air missile systems recently deployed to Syria would have the ability to successfully track and target U.S. F-22, B-2 or F-35 stealth aircraft.
32 F-22 Raptor fighters were temporarily relocated to Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base in Ohio to avoid damage from Hurricane Matthews. The aircraft are normally stationed out of Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.
Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has offered to jointly produce its Eurojet EJ200 engine in Turkey, if the Turkish government selects the EJ200 to power its proposed indigenous stealth fighter.
India has launched a fresh round of proposals for the acquisition of a single-engine fighter to replace India's aging fleet of MiG-21 fighters. The Lockheed Martin F-16 and Sweden's Saab Gripen are both believed to be contenders for the potential contract.