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USAF F-35s and F-16s fought non-stop for more than 8 hours in defensive counter-air exercise
During the defensive counter-air exercise, if the enemy was successful in making it through the defenses and hitting a target, the friendly force was penalized by losing time to generate aircraft as maintainers took cover. The active duty 388th Fighter Wing (FW) and Reserve 419th FW conducted a very unique integrated defensive counter-air...
Pentagon completes A-10, F-35 CAS Comparative Testing
While the flights were intensive and instructive, he noted the tests were not a fly-off. The Pentagon finished comparative testing of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) F-35 and A-10 to measure their performance in combat search-and-rescue (CSAR), close air support (CAS), and airborne forward air control (FAC(A)) missions wrapped up earlier this spring....
Canada to launch a new fighter competition again in May
Saab will compete with its JAS-39E Gripen. Lockheed Martin will again pitch its F-35 stealth fighter. Boeing is in line to offer the F/A-18 Super Hornet. Airbus Military plans to offer its Eurofighter Typhoon. Canadian government will be calling for a tender to buy new fighters by the end of next month.
The European allies have to build up their defence forces against a strengthening Russia. According to Reuters, Director, Joint Strike Fighter Program, Vice Admiral Mathias W. “Mat” Winter, told U.S. lawmakers that “future potential Foreign Military Sales customers for the F-35 include Singapore, Greece, Romania, Spain and Poland.” This consideration...
“We buy F-15EX to keep industrial diversity,” Pentagon Official Says
An upgraded F-16 would mean another Lockheed Martin aircraft, and the DoD wants to maintain a balance between the two largest defense companies. According to a U.S. senior defense official, the Defense Department didn’t propose adding an upgraded F-16 Fighting Falcon into its inventory instead the F-15EX fourth-gen plus aircraft it is...
USAF to spend $7.86 Billion for 80 F-15EX fighters over the next five years
The new F-15EX aircraft will be based on the F-15QA, which Boeing built for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, though it will have USAF-specific capabilities, including the Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System and the Suite 9.1. Operational Flight Program software. The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $7.86 billion over the...
IAF to purchase 17 more F-35Is
Iranian intelligence discovered that the Israeli F-35 stealth fighter jets had carried out this sortie as a test of the possibility of an undetected attack on Iranian outposts and bases, during which they photographed those sensitive bases, evading the Russian S-300 missile system’s radar. Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) commander...
This F-35 Crew Chief is on his way to becoming an F-35 Pilot
After working as a civilian flight instructor for 11 months, Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin had logged 350 hours as an instructor pilot and more than 600 total flying hours, all while maintaining his Air Reserve Technician job as a crew chief. Staff Sgt. Andrew Martin, a Reserve Citizen Airman crew chief assigned...
USAF could buy up to 80 F-15Xs (and risk losing part of its planned F-35 fleet) over a period of five years
The service would purchase 48 of the 84 F-35s that were called for last year in the Pentagon’s plan for 2020, with the remainder going to the Navy and Marines, according to program documents. As we have reported, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) is reportedly requesting an upgraded version of the Boeing...
Boeing to provide classified briefing on F-15 and F/A-18E/F fighter bombers to Germany
Lawmakers are skeptical about the capabilities of the F-15X Advanced Eagle The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is reportedly requesting an upgraded version of the Boeing F-15 Eagle fighter jet in its 2020 budget, despite pushback from lawmakers and earlier skepticism from top USAF officials. According to Bloomberg, the service...

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