34 years. The last F15C model left the factory in 1985.The problem with upgrading old F-15s is that it is quite likely they have airframe fatigue. I think they would have been built over 20 years ago.
Well, I hope they build them then. They sound like complete new builds.They can't.
F15CX and F15EX are both based on evolutions of the F15E. But taken farther down the line to the latest F15QA.
The level of changes involve more than those of the Strike Eagle to include new Wing sets that increase the theoretical missile load to 22.
Note I said theoretical as never will they actually carry 22 AMRAAMS on mission.
Farther more the entire flight control system is now Fly by wire. This would have been an impossible upgrade to the C D or E models in inventory.
The whole scheme is in fact to replace C and D models with CX and EX in a near 1 to 1. The Legecy C & D models being retired and left without the next line of upgrades. The planned system upgrades being pushed into the CD and EX.
Well to degrees. The F15X is a bit of a "Navy Scheme". The Navy never closed the Super Hornet line. This is because they constantly buy new birds because let's face it Carrier landings are controlled crash landings.That's what I like about the Advanced Hornet. You get a stealthy capability, more fuel, etc. and it can all be retrofitted onto existing F/A-18E?F aircraft.
This is the trouble spot and reason why I am not totally sold.But having those new F-15s will also leave us in a goood position...though I cannot see how they are going to take out the existing F-15C/Ds and replace them without cutting omething else...like the logistic train of the exosting F-15 C/D...which leaves us vulnerable while doing so...or less of something else.
India like Taiwan and now Turkey are out.B now for its three carriers. The exisit Vikramaditya, the indegenous Vikrant, and the 3rd full deck CATBOOAR carrier they plan to builf. The F-35B would be a significant upgrade over the Mig-29Ks they hae, though that aircraft itself is a huge upgrade over the Harriers they had before
Turkey under it's current leadership is increasingly becoming a trouble spot in NATO.Turkey is planning to put F-35Bs on its new multi-function ampjibious/air craft carrying vesssel.
I am not as hopeful as I used to be in an AEW Osprey. But the MUX program by the Marines.also included an AEW version of the Osprey. I believe the JSMDF will not be satisfied with a helicopter AEW for long, and since they are buying the Opsrey and developing a relationship there...and since any VSTOL carrier could use an Osprey that has been converted to n AEW withfull pressurization, mre powerful enines and the ability to take the already proposed AEW wedge up to 30,000 plus feet and giver perhaps 2/3rds tbe range of the E-2D...this would amke a HUGE difference in the self defense and offense capability of the carriers. Far better than a helicopter variant. For example, the Merlin Royl Navy AEW has a sevice ceiling of only 15,000 feet, thereby significantly reducing its over the horizon look at incoming aircraft or missiles. And, the Crowsnest aircraft will have to be drawn from a total of 30 HMS aircraft available for the Navy which will also use them for ASW, Search and rescue, and surveillance/patrol roles.
Seems like the RN is really short changing (IMHO) the carriers which emand the best of everything. You simply do not spend this type of money for the vessels and the airwing and then not give them the best self defence ansd best AWEW available.
I do not believe he JMSDF will make the same mistake.
Boeing unveils unmanned combat jet developed in Australia
A model of Boeing Co's new unmanned, fighter-like jet, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, is displayed in Avalon, Australia February 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jamie Freed
By Jamie Freed
AVALON, Australia (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Wednesday unveiled an unmanned, fighter-like jet developed in Australia and designed to fly alongside crewed aircraft in combat for a fraction of the cost.
The U.S. manufacturer hopes to sell the multi-role aircraft, which is 38 feet long (11.6 meters) and has a 2,000 nautical mile (3,704 kilometer) range, to customers around the world, modifying it as requested.
It is Australia's first domestically developed combat aircraft in decades and Boeing's biggest investment in unmanned systems outside the United States, although the company declined to specify the dollar amount.
Defense contractors are investing increasingly in autonomous technology as militaries around the world look for a cheaper and safer way to maximize their resources.
Boeing rivals like Lockheed Martin Corp and Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc are also investing in such aircraft.
Four to six of the new aircraft, called the Boeing Airpower Teaming System, can fly alongside a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, said Shane Arnott, director of Boeing research and prototype arm Phantom Works International.
"To bring that extra component and the advantage of unmanned capability, you can accept a higher level of risk," he said.
The Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies in the United States said last year that the U.S. Air Force should explore pairing crewed and uncrewed aircraft to expand its fleet and complement a limited number of "exquisite, expensive, but highly potent fifth-generation aircraft" like the F-35.
"Human performance factors are a major driver behind current aerial combat practices," the policy paper said. "Humans can only pull a certain number of Gs, fly for a certain number of hours, or process a certain amount of information at a given time."
In addition to performing like a fighter jet, other roles for the Boeing system early warning, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance alongside aircraft like the P-8 Poseidon and E-7 Wedgetail, said Kristin Robertson, vice president and general manager of Boeing Autonomous Systems.
"It is operationally very flexible, modular, multi-mission," she said. "It is a very disruptive price point. Fighter-like capability at a fraction of the cost."
Robertson declined to comment on the cost, saying that it would depend on the configuration chosen by individual customers.
The jet is powered by a derivative of a commercially available engine, uses standard runways for take-off and landing, and can be modified for carrier operations at sea, Robertson said. She declined to specify whether it could reach supersonic speeds, common for modern fighter aircraft.
Its first flight is expected in 2020, with Boeing and the Australian government producing a concept demonstrator to pave the way for full production.
Australia, a staunch U.S. ally, is home to Boeing's largest footprint outside the United States and has vast airspace with relatively low traffic for flight testing.
The Boeing Airpower Teaming System will be manufactured in Australia, but production lines could be set up in other countries depending on sales, Arnott said.
The United States, which has the world's biggest military budget, would be among the natural customers for the product.
The U.S. Air Force 2030 project foresees the Lockheed Martin F-35A Joint Strike Fighter working together with stealthy combat drones, called the "Loyal Wingman" concept, said Derrick Maple, principal analyst for unmanned systems at IHS Markit.
"The U.S. has more specific plans for the wingman concept, but Western Europe will likely develop their requirements in parallel, to abate the capabilities of China and the Russian Federation and other potential threats," he said.
Robertson declined to name potential customers and would not comment on potential stealth properties, but said the aircraft had the potential to sell globally.
"We didn't design this as a point solution but a very flexible solution that we could outfit with payloads, sensors, different mission sets to complement whatever their fleet is," she said. "Don't think of it as a specific product that is tailored to do only one mission."
was the most interesting part of what I've now read which isWhy look at a new F-15? What’s wrong with your current ones?
There are four weapons systems that we have to fly into the 2030s. The National Defense Strategy — it’s what it asks us to do. It’s clear that in each portfolio, in certain levels, we need to grow. And we looked at different force elements and different force sizes, different kinds of weapon systems working together. It became clear to us that we need capacity. Of those four weapons systems that we need to fly into the 2030s, as we build up size of the F-35 fleet, one of them is not going to make it, and that’s the F-15C. A-10s are going to fly in the 2030s, F-15 Eagles will fly in the 2030s, F-16 will fly in the 2030s. All our analysis says the F-15C’s not going make it.