Air International 2021-10
N.Pittaway - Buyer's market
The Tentara Nasional Indonesia-Angkatan Udara (TNI-AU) operates a mixed squadron of Sukhoi Su-27SKM and Su-30MK2 fighters and has been linked to a follow-on purchase of Su-35s. Here an Su-30MKS taxies from the alert facility at RAAF Darwin during a multi-lateral 'Pitch Black' exercise
Indonesia has upgraded a number of its Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters under a mid-life programme. An F-16C from 3 SkU wears the distinctive two-colour camouflage scheme
Pictured over the remote Northern Territory outback during a recent 'Pitch Black' air combat exercise, F-16D 696 is part of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s upgrade plan for its F-16C and F-16Ds fleets. The type forms the backbone of Singapore's fighter fleet, in terms of numbers
Thailand's F-16A/B fleet has undergone a significant mid-life upgrade (MLU), including integration with MBDA’s Iris-T within visual range air to air missile, as seen fitted to the port wingtip station of this F-16B
The Royal Thai Air Force acquired 12 Saab JAS-39C/D Gripens but has since lost one example in an accident. The remainder of the fleet is set to undergo upgrade as part of the Gripen's MS20 programme
Pictured is one of 40 Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) being acquired for the Indian Air Force, against a total requirement for 123 aircraft, most of which will be the improved Mk.1A variant currently under development. HAL is also proposing 36 Tejas Mk.1As for Malaysia’s Fighter Lean In Trainer/Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT/LCA) programme
The Tentera Udara Diraja Malaysia (TUDM) is seeking 36 new light fighters under its Fighter Lead In Trainer/Light Combat Aircraft (FLIT) competition, to replace its BAE Systems Hawk Mk.108 and Mk.208 (pictured) fleet
The Royal Australian Air Force has deployed its F/A-18F Super Hornets to the Middle East twice since they entered service in 2011, conducting strike missions on targets within Iraq and Syria. A decision on the type's future is expected before the end of the decade
The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) retired the last of its Mitsubishi-built McDonnell F-4EJ Phantom II air defence fighters in 2020. The venerable Phantom has been replaced by the Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has achieved success in the Indo-Pacific region, where it is operated by Australia, Japan and South Korea, with Singapore to follow
The Royal Australian Air Force was able to burn up the sky with its spirited F-35A Lightning II demo display powered by the enormously powerful Pratt & Whitney F135 turbofan generating 40,000lb of thrust.
The Royal Australian Air Force is acquiring 72 F-35As under various phases of its Air 6000 (New Air Combat Capability) programme. A decision on a further tranche of 18 aircraft to replace the RAAF’s Super Hornets is expected later in the decade