June 2, 2017
Pratt & Whitney has announced the successful test of its first F135 Growth Option 1 engine, intended to provide an improved, evolved powerplant for the F-35 fighter. The F135 derivative engine is aimed at delivering a 10-percent increase in thrust and a 6-percent decrease in fuel consumption.
India and Russia have still failed to reach an agreement on a proposed Indian derivative of Russia's PAK-FA stealth fighter. Sticking points continue to revolve around cost, and technology transfer issues.
The U.S. has protested after two Chinese J-10 fighters made "unsafe maneuvers" while intercepting a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft over the South China Sea.
India has recovered the black box from an Su-30 fighter that crashed last week. Two pilots died in the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation.