Ex– RNLAF F-16s for Jor­dan

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - Aviation & Defence | News -

With ten­sions es­ca­lat­ing in the Korean penin­sula, USAF F-16Cs from the Wis­con­sin Air Na­tional Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing’s 176th Ex­pe­di­tionary Fighter Squadron (EFS) have been de­ployed to Kun­san Air Base, South Korea. The 115th Fighter Wing had de­ployed to the Indo-Asia-Pa­cific re­gion to help main­tain a de­ter­rent to threats to re­gional se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity as part of the Theatre Se­cu­rity Pack­age (TSP) pro­gramme, which has been a rou­tine and in­te­gral part of US Pa­cific Com­mand’s force pos­ture.

Mean­while, fighter squadrons from the US Navy’s Car­rier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) have re­lo­cated from Naval Air Fa­cil­ity At­sugi to Marine Corps Air Sta­tion Iwakuni at the end of the Ron­ald Rea­gan Car­rier Strike Group (CSG-5) pa­trol. Units re­lo­cat­ing to Iwakuni in­clude Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 115 ‘Ea­gles’ and VFA-195 ‘Dam­busters’ fly­ing the F/A-18E, and Elec­tronic At­tack Squadron (VAQ) 141 ‘Shad­owhawks’ that flies the EA-18G. Car­rier Air­borne Early Warn­ing Squadron (VAW) 125 ‘Tiger Tails’, which flies the E-2D, be­came the first of the air wing’s squadrons to tran­si­tion to Iwakuni when it ar­rived on 2 Fe­bru­ary 2017. Un­der the De­fence Pol­icy Re­view Ini­tia­tive (DPRI) process, CVW-5’s fixed-wing air­craft will trans­fer to Iwakuni, while its ro­tary-wing squadrons will re­main at At­sugi. to be in­cor­po­rated. Se­ries pro­duc­tion of the im­proved Tu160M2 for the VKS will be­gin in 2023, with three Tu-160M2s pro­duced an­nu­ally by the Gor­bunov Air­craft Plant in Kazan un­der a con­tract signed by UAC and the Rus­sian De­fence Min­istry. In Oc­to­ber 2016, deputy de­fence min­is­ter Yuri Borisov had an­nounced that the VKS had a to­tal re­quire­ment for 50 Tu-160M2s.

An­other batch of six for­mer Royal Nether­lands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16s have been de­liv­ered to the Royal Jor­da­nian Air Force (RJAF), which also com­prised a sin­gle F-16BM. The first six of 15 F-16s were de­liv­ered to the RJAF in late Oc­to­ber.

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