New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Defense Asia / Pacific) Jan 23, 2011
India expects to place $10B order for fighter jets by December. India's Defense Minister says flight trials by six fighter jet makers have been completed and the country should award an order for 126 fighter jets for its air force by the end of December. Companies vying for the contract, valued at more than $10 billion, include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian Aircraft Corp., Saab and Dassault Aviation. Jan 20, 2011
U.S. pitches jets to Japan. Acting on his administration's drive to bolster military cooperation with Japan, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates suggested Tokyo consider buying U.S. combat aircraft. Gates made the pitch while in Japan for talks with defense officials. In a meeting with his Japanese counterpart, the U.S. defense secretary suggested "Japan consider three U.S. planes to upgrade their fleet," the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet, now a product of Boeing and Northrop Grumman, and Boeing's F-15 Eagle. He said the Pentagon could provide details on the merits of each aircraft to Japan for review. Japan has been considering upgrading its military arsenal in the face of China's growing military might and assertive stance in the Pacific. Jan 19, 2011
Lockheed Martin Interest in U.S. JSF heightens in response to China's military buildup. Recently publicized images depicting unexpectedly rapid progress China has made in developing the high-end, radar-eluding J-20 fighter jet have spurred heightened foreign interest in the...