January 5, 2017
Issues with the U.S. Navy's F-35C variant, which make the airplane's catapult-assisted launch more difficult and hazardous for pilots, are expected to persist until sometime in 2019. Although corrective actions have been identified, it will take at least that long before modifications can be validated and incorporated into the airplane.
Russian media is reporting that Russia's sixth-generation PAK-FA stealth fighter is expected to enter squadron service in 2017.
In return for its investment in Russia's PAK-FA stealth fighter development program, India is reportedly seeking the right to domestically produce and export the airplane. India is expected to buy roughly as many examples of the new airplane as the Russian air force.
The U.S. Navy is deploying its latest E-2D Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft to Japan, which reportedly will have the ability to detect Chinese and Russian stealth fighters.
A new Chinese recruitment video released by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) shows footage of Japanese jets being warned away from Chinese warplanes near contested islands in the East China Sea.
China's first carrier battlegroup has commenced its first training exercise in the South China Sea.
The U.S. Air Force has released its formal Request for Proposal for the T-X trainer competition. The proposal calls for the procurement of 350 aircraft, with five teams vieing to provide the replacement for the Air Force's T-38 Talon.
Competition is already heating up over whether Israel's next jet fighter buy will center around additional F-35s, which offer stealth features, or new-build F-15s, which offer the strike radius that the F-35 lacks.