December 9, 2016
Pentagon test chief Michael Gilmore has accused the U.S. Air Force of drafting misleading answers to questions posed by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, regarding the status and progress of the F-35 program.
The U.S. Marine Corps has dropped Paveway IV laser-guided munitions from an F-35B for the first time at the China Lake test range.
The first two F-35 fighters bound for Israel have left the United States and reached the Azores. They are expected to reach Israel on Monday December 12th, where they will be welcomed at a ceremony to be attended U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter.
The Israeli government is reportedly still interested in placing an additional order for F-15I fighters, despite the delivery of the F-35, due to the F-15's longer range and greater payload.
Israeli warplanes have reportedly struck installations used by the Syrian army and Hezbollah near the outskirts of Damascus. A number of Israeli air strikes have been carried out over the past several years, many of them tied to preventing the Iranian-backed Hezbollah from acquiring advanced weaponry.
A U.S. Navy F/A-18 crashed off the coast of Japan while on a training sortie. The pilot ejected successfully. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
The latest concept designs for Japan's proposed next-generation, indigenous stealth fighter would make for an airplane even larger than the F-22 Raptor.