Friday, February 3, 2017

Fighter Jet Times - February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017

A week after President Donald Trump took credit for cutting $600 million from the F-35 program, industry analysts have confirmed that the announced cost reduction on the Lot 10 aircraft was already part of planned cost saving measures that had already been reflected in the Pentagon's budget.

The Japanese government has secured $100 million in cost reductions in the support equipment for its F-35 fighters, currently on order.

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first F-22 Raptor to pass through its Inlet Coating Repair Speedline facility in Marietta, Georgia.

The Indian Navy has released a request for proposal to procure 57 carrier-borne fighters to replace its current fleet of MiG-29Ks, after rejecting a navalized Tejas fighter as a viable alternative.

China is expected to receive an additional ten Su-35 fighters from Russia during 2017, after delivering the first four at the end of 2016.

Turkey has signed an agreement with the UK's BAE Systems to support in developing Turkey's proposed TF-X stealth fighter jet.  The contract is valued at $125 million.

While production of the 5th generation F-35 continues to ramp up, the U.S. Air Force is already looking ahead to what its 6th generation fighter needs will be.

Both Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have announced that they will bow-out of the U.S. Air Force's T-X advanced trainer competition, slated to provide a replacement for the T-38 Talon.  Raytheon had been planning to offer the T-100 in cooperation with Italy's Leonardo - a version of the M-346 trainer already in production.  Northrop Grumman had developed and flown a prototype for its contendor, but concluded that the profit margins in what was expected to become a bidding war would prove to be unattractive.  This leaves the Lockheed/Korean T-50, and Boeing's clean sheet design produced in cooperation with Saab, as the only likely contendors for the deal.

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