At this year's Farnborough air show, ShowNews will publish a series of reports focusing on current fighter programs and their fight for survival: Eurofighter Typhoon wins in Saudia Arabia, the Saab Gripen in Switzerland, Dassault Rafale in India and the F-35 in Japan.
The victories fly in the face of defense cutbacks around the world, and diminishing orders in domestic markets that will make it difficult to keep production lines open.
Meanwhile, newly-available AESA radars and datalinks are reinvigorating the venerable F-16, mostly through retrofit programs, but the production line for that model could close at the end of 2015.
Elsewhere, China, Russia and India all have ambitious fighter programs under development.
Pick up your copy of ShowNews daily at the show or read it online at www.aviationweek.com (from 9 July).