December 22, 2016
Investigators have determined that a fire aboard a USMC F-35B fighter this past October could be traced back to an insecure bracket in the weapons bay. The loose wiring bracket led to an electrical spark, which ignited a fire in the hydraulic system.
Carrier landing trials have determined that the symbology on the F-35's helmet-mounted display is still too bright for night operations, making it difficult for the pilots to land the airplane.
In response to complaints from President-elect Donald Trump, the F-35 program chief, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan has emphasized that airplane unit costs have continued to fall as production slowly ramps-up.
Rumors continue to circulate that China is preparing for flight test of a purported stealth bomber, labeled the H-20.
Russia's Sukhoi has released fresh pictures of its T-50 stealth fighter prototype, as the aircraft inches towards production-ready status.
Japan has approved a record $44 billion defense budget for 2017, which includes investments for the supply of F-35 fighters and new submarines.
India's Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has officially floated a tendor for the supply of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for the Mark-1A version of India's Light Combat Aircraft. The Indian military has placed an order for 83 of the new fighters.
Israel's air force has selected Raytheon's APG-82(V)1 AESA radar to upgrade its F-15I fleet. Israel's F-15Is were delivered in the 1990s, prior to the introduction of an AESA radar for the F-15.
Boeing's first prototype for its entry into the T-X advanced fighter trainer competition has made its first flight. Boeing is partnered with Saab to develop the all-new trainer design, which features a General Electric F404 engine.