December 18, 2016
Following a six hour delay due to fog in Italy, the first two F-35 fighters arrived in Israel. The two aircraft made their first flight test in Israel the following day.
The U.S. has delivered the first batch of four F-15SA fighters to Saudi Arabia, out of a total order of 84 aircraft. The F-15SA will join the F-15S, F-15C, and Eurofighter Typhoon fighters that already make up Saudi Arabia's air force.
The U.S. and U.K. have signed an agreement to permit U.S. Marine Corps F-35Bs to operate off of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, once the new carrier becomes operational in 2021.
Shares of Lockheed-Martin took a tumble, following comments by President-elect Donald Trump claiming that the F-35 program was "out of control."
The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to begin flying the F-22 Raptor out of air bases in northern Australia for the first time in 2017.
China is expected to receive its first four Su-35 fighters from Russia by the end of December.
Japan and China continue to trade accusations over close-range encounters between Japanese and Chinese warplanes over contested air space in the East China Sea.