November 24, 2016
Canada has begun negotiating for an "interim" purchase of 18 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. The Canadian government has not formally withdrawn from the F-35 program. However, the ruling Liberal Party had previously pledged to pursue less expensive options for recapitalizing Canada's fighter fleet.
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $536 million sustainment contract for the F-22 fighter.
Reports continue to circulate, comparing the presumed capabilities of China's J-20 stealth fighter, which recently entered low rate initial production, and the Russian PAK-FA stealth fighter, which is expected be procurred by both the Russian and Indian armed forces.
Japan recently scrambled fighters to the East China Sea after a reported flyover of Japanese claimed islands by a Russian helicopter.
Turkish warplanes have reportedly staged air strikes against suspected PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party) positions in northern Iraq.
Lockheed Martin has secured a $1.2 billion contract to upgrade Korea's F-16 fighters. The deal includes the installation of APG-83 AESA radar. Lockheed snagged the deal after an earlier agreement with BAE Systems fell through, due to rising costs.
The U.S. State Department has formally approved the sale of 72 F-15QA Strike Eagles to Qatar and 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to Kuwait.
South Korea is continuing to negotiate technology offset agreements with the United States, for the supply of components and technologies for a proposed indigenous South Korean stealth fighter.
The Russian MiG-29K that recently crashed into the Mediterranean reportedly ran out of fuel as it was awaiting permission to land on the carrier deck.