Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fighter Jet Times - December 29, 2016

December 29, 2016

Debate continues to swirl around whether the United States should continue to ramp-up production of the F-35 stealth fighter, or should instead adopt a less expensive, non-stealthy alternative as some have suggested.

Engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has received a $382 million contract to provide support and maintenance services for the F119 engines that power the F-22 stealth fighter.

A second, evolved version of China's FC-31 stealth export fighter has made its first flight.  The FC-31 has been targeted primarily at China's export customers, much like the JF-17 that was produced for service in Pakistan.  For domestic use, China has continued to focus on the much larger J-20 stealth fighter.

China's first aircraft carrier is on its way into the South China Sea for trials, placing armed forces across the region on an elevated state of alert.

Indian defense officials have reported that India needs to place another order for some 200 fighter jets, to replace its aging fleet of warplanes over the next decade.

After 36 years of operation, Israel has retired its last F-16A/B "Netz" fighter jets.  The F-16A/B participated in many Israeli military operations, including the bombing of Iraq's Osirak nuclear weapons complex in 1981.  Some 40 early-model F-16s from Israeli air force service are currently available for resale to qualifying customers.

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