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The L-3 Mission Integration division said four modified aircraft will take part in an operational test and evaluation phase this year.
But nothing was said about the country’s drive for operational independence with the stealth jet.
The HTT-40 is due to enter service in 2018.
Diesel and piston versions are planned for Russian domestic and export customers.
But deliveries have slowed and long-term gearbox solution is still awaited
It is initially powered by Russian engines that are supposed to be replaced by a domestic one.
StandardAero is partnering with the Dutch defense ministry to create an F135 engine depot at the Royal Netherlands Air Force Base at Woensdrecht.
Lecture explores F35 training – frontline combat readiness in the 21st Century
About eight aircraft are likely heading for the African state
The UK opted to partner with the U.S. in developing an STOVL-capable Joint Strike Fighter instead of developing a replacement for the Harrier.