Wednesday, January 19, 2011

F-35 interest up; more problems unveiled

China's military buildup is apparently causing Japan, South Korea and Singapore to engage in bilateral talks with government officials to discuss the F-35. The immediate cause may be recently published images showing China’s J-20 stealth aircraft. (Source: Wall Street Journal, (subscription) 01/18/11) Meanwhile, a report by the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation shows the F-35 has previously undisclosed problems with its handling, avionics, afterburner and helmet-mounted display. (Source: Defense News, 01/18/11) Gulf Coast note: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is home of the F-35 training center.