"Our Active Duty, reserve, and international team has worked tirelessly to better understand the physiological events," said Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard, the 56th Fighter Wing commander. "This is a complex challenge that necessitates multidimensional solutions across a series of steps to get back to a full operating capability. We are confident that this initial step with the criteria our team developed will allow us to return to flying F-35s safely and to continue building the future of airpower."
Le Bourget, France—Lockheed Martin on June 19 announced plans to partner with India’s Tata Advanced Systems Limited to potentially build advanced F-16s in India. The partnership announcement at the Paris Air Show comes as the Indian government weighs its options to replace old MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighters. The agreement “provides India the opportunity to produce, operate, and export F-16 Block 70 aircraft, the newest and most advanced version of the world's most successful, combat-proven multi-role fighter,”
Lockheed’s announcement read, adding, this would be “the newest and most technologically advanced F-16 ever offered.” The Block 70 Viper would be expected to offer a host of advanced capabilities. According to Lockheed Martin, it would offer advanced avionics, overwing conformal fuel tanks, new datalinks, Advanced, Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars, automatic ground-collision avoidance (Auto GCAS) systems, and the ability to deliver a wide variety of weapons.
According to India Today, the competition to build 120 “made in India” fighters appears to have come down to the F-16 and Sweden’s Saab Gripen. “Almost all the variants of the MiG-21s and MiG-27s would retire by the year 2025 and the IAF is hoping that their replacements would be ready for induction into the service in the form of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft and the 120 'Made in India' fighter planes,” India Times reported last week. The Indian government is expected to select the winning multirole fighter within a year.
—Adam J. Hebert__________Army Capt. James E. Miller served as a pilot during World War I, and was the first US-trained pilot to be a combat aviation casualty of the war.
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