Tag: F-35

Japan to deploy its first F-35A Stealth Fighter at Misawa Air Base this month
The JASDF F-35A pilot, who had only 60 hours flying time in the F-35, gave no indication he was in trouble. Japan’s air force said on Jun. 10, 2019 “spatial disorientation” likely caused one of its pilots to fly his F-35 stealth fighters into the Pacific Ocean in April, hitting the water at...
F-35 Lightning II takes the stage at Switzerland's Payerne Air Base
“With air policing one of Switzerland’s primary requirements for its new aircraft, the F-35 offers unmatched capabilities,” Drew “Growler” Allen, Operations Division Chief in the F-35 Integration Office. The F-35 Lightning II strikes over Switzerland. As already reported Switzerland kicked off the fly competition last April for the five types...
Boeing to deliver first two F-15EX Fighters as soon as 2020
This is possible due to the fact the F-15EX has a lot of similarities with the F-15QA Advanced Eagle that is in production for Qatar. Boeing says it can deliver the U.S. Air Force (USAF) at least two engineering, versions manufacturing and development (EMD) F-15EX fighters as early as 2020. This...
F-16/Su-57 and F-35/J-31 Aggressor Paint Schemes unveiled
The Air Force decided to create a fifth generation aggressor squadron at Nellis AFB and move nine non-combat capable F-35A aircraft from Eglin AFB, Florida, to the squadron. The Air Force is reactivating the 65th Aggressor Squadron and moving 11 F-35A Lightning IIs to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, as part of a...
Amid latest North Korea ICBM test, the U.S. depoys its most advanced fighter jets to South Korea
The F-35 Automatic Ground and Collision Avoidance System is a tool that utilizes a suite of sensors, on-board monitors and flight data to determine if a plane is on course for a probable ground collision. The 412th Test Wing recently published the technical report on the F-35 Automatic Ground and Collision Avoidance System...
Luftwaffe Tornado fighter bombers lack updated encryption device for secure comms
5.64 billion Euros are required for operations while 1.62 billion Euros are needed to design replacements for obsolete parts and another 1.58 billion Euros to procure those parts. A classified German military document viewed by Reuters says the country needs more than $9 billion to operate its Tornado fighter fleet till 2030.
Pentagon cuts F-35 purchase by 6 aircraft in FY 2020
The USAF will still be getting 48 A models, therefore the cut is either the B or the C variant. The Pentagon has decided to buy just 78 F-35s from Lockheed Martin in the latest budget request, instead of 84 aircraft that was projected a year ago. The...
Meet the F-21: the specifically configured F-16 for Indian Air Force
The F-21 is an unprecedented ‘Make in India’ opportunity ─ combining the strength of Lockheed Martin, the world's largest defence contractor, and Tata, India's premier industrial house. The F-16 for India is now designated as F-21. According to Lockheed Martin the F-21 is specifically configured for the Indian...
74th FS pilots have been awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions in support of OIR
“I loved the A-10 and its mission. It’s like a flying tank. A very raw flying experience,” Capt. James Rosenau, former A-10 pilot The desert screams by below. The clouds scream by above. Both stretch on into the horizon. It’s deceptively calm in the cockpit. There’s a constant, seemingly discordant stream of...
Spain to join France and Germany for FCAS program
Spain, where Airbus's military transport planes are assembled, had sent a letter in December to Paris and Berlin asking to be associated with FCAS project Spain is expected to sign a letter of intent with France and Germany to join the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) program. Spain...

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