February 10, 2017
The USAF has reported that in its first appearance at a Red Flag exercise, the F-35A and allied aircraft scored 15 simulated kills against opposing aircraft, for every F-35A that was lost. Critics of the F-35 have already pointed out, however, that the kill-to-loss ratio is really a measure of how many opposing aircraft were shot down by other allied aircraft, including the F-22 Raptor which also took part in the exercise, compared to how many F-35s were lost in the simulated engagements.
Royal Australian Air Force pilots are expected to appear at this year's Avalon Air Show flying the F-35A for the first time. The two Australian F-35s are currently stationed at Luke Air Force Base, where four Australian pilots are undergoing training.
Russia is currently expected to receive its first serial production copies of the PAK-FA stealth fighter in 2018.
Progress towards concept development of South Korea's proposed indigenous KF-X stealth fighter is reportedly being delayed by the lack of export licenses for technology transfer from the United States - which KAI was relying on for the supply of four key items: the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, infrared search and track (IRST) systems, an electronic optics targeting pod (EOTGP), and the radio frequency (RF) jammer.
Russian officials are attempting to repackage their proposals to sell the MiG-35 fighter to India, after failing to find a customer for the MiG-29 derivative.