Saturday, September 3, 2016

U.S. Air Force To Spend $12 Billion To Upgrade Its 1980s-Era F-15 Fighter Jets

Capt. Matt Bruckner, an F-15 Eagle pilot assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, at Langley Air Force Base, Va., flies a combat air patrol mission 7 October 2007 over Washington, D.C., in support of Operation Noble Eagle. The aircraft is a McDonnell Douglas F-15C-35-MC Eagle. Wikipedia

CNN: Air Force investing $12B in F-15s

(CNN)A $12 billion makeover is underway for the US Air Force's 1980's-era F-15 fighter, a step towards upgrading an air fleet that one military official recently called the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history.

The F-15 has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record with more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane's primary contractor and developer.

The Air Force initially planned to replace the entire F-15 fleet with the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, but production of the stealthy aircraft was halted in 2009 and only 188 of the 749 F-22s purchased by the Pentagon were ever produced.

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WNU Editor: This is an admission that the F-35 may not perform as promised .... British Defense Specialist On Air Combat: 'The F-35 Cannot Outdogfight A Typhoon (Or A Su-35), Never In A Million Years'.

4 comments:

Fusion said...

Dog fight victories over who? Definietly not a first class air force.

Jac said...

Well, the F-35 was not supposed to replace the F-15. The F-22 did. Unfortunately politician though it was unnecessary to make more F-22 after cold war. Costly, yes, but what is the price of freedom?
And now we have to upgrade a plane which its first flight was in 1972. I like the F-15, a lot, but its time is done. We need money for a new air superiority fighter. A F-22B. But our current President took good care for cutting money on defense. Just criminal.

fazman said...

Doubling the amount of missiles on the F15 is great news.
The f35 penetrates enemy airspace , ids hostile aircraft , feeds the info to the f15s who unliad from beyond visual range.

fazman said...

Doubling the amount of missiles on the F15 is great news.
The f35 penetrates enemy airspace , ids hostile aircraft , feeds the info to the f15s who unliad from beyond visual range.