Friday, February 24, 2017

Fighter Jet Times - February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017

The U.S. Air Force's Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans cautioned in testimony before Congress that increasing the short term buy rate for the F-35 would be counter productive, until the airplane's software and other development issues have been resolved.

The U.S. has deployed 12 F-22 fighters to Australia for wargames for the first time.

The U.S. has launched an upgrade program for its F-15 fighters to keep the aircraft competitive against emerging threats in China and elsewhere.

The U.S. has deployed the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the South China Sea.  China has declared vast stretches of these waters to be Chinese territory, and has constructed man-made islands to help enforce its claim to the area.

The Philippines has taken delivery of an additional two FA-50 lightweight fighters from South Korea.  A total of 12 of the single engine fighters are currently on order.

Pakistan is attempting to secure a deal to sell its JF-17 single-engine fighter to Sri Lanka.  The JF-17 is assembled in Pakistan, but was developed by China, and features a Russian-made engine.

Turkish fighter-bombers targeted a Kurdish military camp during air strikes in northern Iraq.

Israeli fighters shot down a drone launched by Hamas from Gaza this past week.  The drone fell into the Mediterranean.

The United Arab Emirates has signed a deal for the delivery of Russia's Su-35 Flanker.  The aircraft would serve alongside the F-16E Block 60 fighters that the UAE purchased from the United States.  The UAE has also signed an agreement to help develop a lightweight fighter - possibly based on the MiG-29 - that would be locally assembled in the UAE.

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