Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - October 20, 2016

October 20, 2016

Norway expects its two F-35A fighters that were grounded for repairs last month, due to defective wiring insulation, to be back in the air by the end of November.

A group of legislators in the House of Representatives have been pushing to add additional funding for the purchase of more F-35s under the Fiscal 2017 budget.

South Korea's government rejected proposals from Washington that would have allowed Japanese warplanes to be flown out of Korea, in a combined U.S, Korean and Japanese show of strength following recent nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests by North Korea.

Indications are that the Japanese Ministry of Defense has settled on a fighter requirement for the 2030s that no existing airplane can deliver - which would in turn mandate the development of an all-new, indigenous Japanese fighter.

The Russian air force expects to receive its first batch of production PAK-FA stealth fighters sometime next year.

Russian officials are pressing India to close on a deal for delivery of fifth-generaion stealth fighters by year-end.  The first aircraft would be delivered sometime after 2018.

China's J-20 stealth fighter has been photographed in a new tactical camouflage scheme for the first time, further supporting claims that the airplane is in the process of being transitioned into operational service.

The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are in the preliminary planning stages for development of a next-generation warplane, to enter development in the 2030 time frame.  Widespread speculation persists regarding which features will constitute a "6th generation" fighter.

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