Expert: J-10 more suitable for Argentina

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BEIJING, February 11 (ChinaMil) – The “Chengdu FC-1 is a light fighter developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd specifically for the market in the third world countries. Its advantages include a high performance-price ratio, with a unit price of only more than 30 million U.S. dollars,” said Xu Yongling, China’s meritorious test pilot of J-10 and air force theory expert.

However, Xu Yongling also pointed out that the Chengdu FC-1 originated from J-7 after all, it is not a fourth-generation warplane in a strict sense, thus with relatively low operational effectiveness.

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Korean Air, Airbus join hands for S. Korean fighter project

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SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s top air carrier Korean Air Line Co. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Europe’s Airbus to jointly bid for Seoul’s indigenous fighter development project, Korean Air officials said Sunday.

Codenamed KF-X, the 8.5 trillion won (US$8.3 billion) project calls for South Korea to develop fighter jets of the F-16 class to replace its aging fleet of F-4s and F-5s. Some 120 jets are to be put into service starting around 2025.

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US, Japan may give China an excuse to establish ADIZ over S China Sea

After the suggestion made by Rear Admiral Robert Thomas, the commander of the US Seventh Fleet, that Japan begin aerial patrols over the disputed South China Sea, China may establish a second Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the region, according to Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, a defense expert said in his article written for the Jamestown Foundation on Feb. 4.

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Fueling future training

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Tyndall Air Force Base is home to the world’s largest F-22 Raptor fleet, and the only base that trains their pilots; but without the aircraft’s maintainers, this impressive force could never take off from the ramp.

To help ensure that the aircraft stays mission ready, Tyndall AFB has acquired a one-of-a-kind fuels system trainer (FST), making Tyndall the only base where Airmen can go to complete the fuels and On Board Inert Gas Generating System (OBIGGS) training.

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UAE sends squadron of F-16 jet fighters to Jordan

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AMMAN, Jordan — The United Arab Emirates said Saturday it ordered a squadron of F-16 fighters to Jordan, which an official said would participate in airstrikes on the Islamic State group after the UAE earlier suspended its involvement.

The UAE fighter jets will participate in airstrikes on Islamic State targets, said a Jordanian official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the issue to journalists.

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Argentina and China agree fighter aircraft working group

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Argentina and China are to form a working group to look at the possible introduction into Argentine Air Force (Fuerza Aérea Argentina – FAA) service of a new Chinese fighter type, it was disclosed on 5 February.

The working group, which was discussed during a visit by between Argentine president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to Beijing from 2 to 5 February, will look at the possible transfer of a range of military equipment to Buenos Aries. Chief among this equipment is either the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) FC-1/JF-17 or the CAC J-10 fighter aircraft.

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