Thursday, March 2, 2017

Fighter Jet Times - March 2, 2017

March 2, 2017

Recent reports indicate that the F-35 can only hit "stationary or slow moving objects," suggesting that the software and electronics integration problems that have plagued the program continue to limit the airplane's effectiveness.

Speaking with reporters at a conference, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein emphasized that when addressing the potential for future conflicts with China, it was not about how individual weapons might stack up against each other, but rather how the networks of aircraft, sensors and supporting infrastructure would match up.

Japan has doubled the number of aircraft that it sends aloft each time that it scrambles fighters to intercept aircraft approaching from China.

A hydraulic failure forced an Indian MiG-29 to make an emergency landing at Mangalore airport.

An Austrian criminal prosecutor is investigating Airbus for possible fraud in charges made for the Eurofighter Typhoon.

A recent report released by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments called for increased defense spending to restore U.S. naval power.  Among funding priorities identified was a long range, carrier-operated UCAV (unmanned combat air vehicle).  The report has been endorsed by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Senator John McCain.

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