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#US Air Force plans to buy 8 new F-15EX fighter aircraft in 2020 - It reflects a new tactic, the F-35 opens the way for F-15EXs carrying a big weapons payload, they complement each other in combat. defence-blog.com/news/u-s-air-f…
The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday unveiled a nearly $166 billion budget request for fiscal 2020 includes plans to buy eight new F-15EX fighter aircraft to replace ageing F-15C/D fleet.
According to the budget request, it will cost $80 million per airframe, but that cost will rise to ~$125 million for each of the 8 jets “to set up the line” & other non-recurring engineering costs in the first year of procurement. Total deal will be worth more than $1.1 billion
The F-15EX, commonly known as Strike Eagle on Steroids, is the latest version of the world famous F-15 Eagle fighter jet. The new fighter would be equipped with better avionics and radars and would carry more than two dozen air-to-air missiles.
Is expected that the F-15EX flight hour is also set to be affordable, coming in at “well below” the F-35A. The newest Eagle would cost about $27,000 per hour to fly—again, well below the $45,000 an hour to fly the F-35A.
Finally, According to the current information, the F-15EX will have a whopping 20,000-hour service life, enabling it to serve for decades. By comparison, the original F-15 was built to serve only 5,000 hours.
F-15X Will Come In Two Variants, And No, It Won't Cost $100M Per Copy thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2…
The F-15X is not a Boeing ploy to disrupt the F-35A program. The USAF's inventory goals for the F-35 will be unaffected by the limited scope of the F-15X initiative. The decision to refresh the F-15 fleet comes down to a need for more fighters in service, regardless of generation
“We’ve got to refresh the F-15C fleet because I can’t afford to not have that capacity to do the job & the missions.” Goldfein said. “That’s what this is all about. If we’re refreshing the F-15C fleet, as we are building up the F-35 fleet, this is not about any kind of a trade.”
“They complement each other” They each make each other better.” The Air Force needs to buy 72 fighters a year to get to the number needed in the future & to bring aircraft age down from 28 years to 15 years. While we like all 72 to be 5th gen F-35, budget concerns won’t allow it.
The $1.2B set aside in 2020, will include an initial order for 8 F-15Xs with the rest of the money for non-recurring costs, including setting up & managing the program & to pay for a tiny amount of development work needed to bring the aircraft's systems & software up to date.
Keep in mind that this relatively minuscule developmental cost is only possible because other countries have spent roughly $5B over the last couple of decades to continuously evolve the F-15 into what it is today. So basically, the USAF is getting this for free.
The F-15X was offered by Boeing under a firm, fixed-price contract terms. In other words, if the aircraft cost more than what is estimated, Boeing eats that cost directly, just as it has with the KC-46 tanker. There is nearly zero financial risk to the USAF.
The F-15X will slot directly into the USAF's established F-15 infrastructure, down to seamless pilot conversion. It'll only take 1-2 flights per F-15C pilot to convert to the F-15X for air superiority missions, saving millions on retraining aircrews & ground crews.
Even if USAF could buy 100s of F-35s a year, they simply couldn't convert squadrons fast enough while maintaining any sort of a minimum combat capacity. In other words, production levels are only one part of the story, the ability for squadrons to absorb those aircraft is another
By buying a lot of F-35s each year and some F-15Xs, this issue is mitigated to some degree as the USAF can get new fighters into the fight without having to tank its overall readiness. the F-15X actually takes a lot of pressure off the F-35.
"Because we never quite got to the procurement ramp we needed to” on the F-35, “we’re in a bit of a pickle, under original plans, USAF expected to have 736 F-35s by now, but “we have 174, ... so … we need to increase our fighter procurement, replacement rate.”
As to how many would be procured under an F-15X initiative, sources close to the discussions say 150 to 250 aircraft depending on what the USAF wants to do with its overall force structure. The most likely number is roughly 230 airframes to replace the F-15C/D force one on one.
Procurement will start at 8 aircraft, with roughly 18 to 24 procured each year after that. Oh, and there are two variants of the F-15X that are being offered by Boeing and will likely be procured. One is dubbed the F-15CX and the other is known as the F-15EX.
The F-15CX will be a single-seat jet, while the F-15EX will be a 2-seater with a fully missionized rear cockpit complete with a wide-area flat panel display, helmet-mounted display, and full flight controls. The F-15EX will cost 2 million more than its single seat stablemate
The F-15X will have a gross weight of 81,000lbs and will be powered by either General Electric F110-GE-129 or Pratt and Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofan engines, both of which are in the 29,000lb thrust class.
Exclusive: Unmasking The F-15X, Boeing's F-15C/D Eagle Replacement Fighter - #Boeing and the #USAF have been in talks for a year and a half about replacing the aging F-15C/D with a brand new advanced Eagle derivative, the F-15X. thedrive.com/the-war-zone/2…
The F-15X came out of a quiet USAF inquiry to Boeing & Lockheed about fielding an aircraft that could seamlessly plug into their existing air combat infrastructure as part of a high-low capability mix strategy intended to help counter the service's shrinking force structure.
The airframe would have to be cost-effective both in terms of operation & acquisition, very low-risk, and most of all, it need to be non-disruptive to the larger F-35 procurement initiative. If anything else, it had to be seen as complementary to the F-35, not as an alternative.
As time moved on, it became clear that the F-35 might not be the USAF's one-size-fits-all solution some thought it would be. This is just the reality that the USAF has tactical air power needs that don't necessitate or even benefit from the F-35's unique and costly capabilities.
The result is the F-15X. Our sources describe the aircraft as a single seat variant of the latest F-15 advanced Strike Eagle derivative—the F-15QA destined for Qatar—but it will also integrate many features & upgrades that the USAF intended for its 4-decade-old F-15C/D fleet.
And no, the aircraft is not a repackaging of the semi-stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle concept that Boeing floated nearly a decade ago. The F-15X features no low-observable enhancements of any kind.
What the F-15X doesn't include is a high price. The War Zone has learned that Boeing intends to deliver the F-15X at a flyaway cost well below that of an F-35A—which runs about $95M per copy.
The F-15X configuration is impressive as it includes a flat-panel glass cockpit, JHMCS II helmet mounted display (HMD), revised internal wing structure, fly-by-wire controls, APG-82 AESA radar, advanced mission computer, low-profile heads-up display........
Also includes updated radio and satellite communications, the highly advanced Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) electronic warfare and electronic surveillance suite, Legion Pod-mounted infrared search and track system (IRST) and the list goes on.
By the way guys, this is a thread of articles, scroll back to see the other articles. I'll add another article later tonight.
The #US Air Force Is Buying New F-15s After All - The F-15X will complement the F-22 and F-35 in tomorrow's aerial battlefields. popularmechanics.com/military/aviat…
The US Air Force will go ahead & buy brand-new F-15s even as it purchases large numbers of F-35s. Updated with the latest technology, the F-15X can carry nearly two dozen air-to-air missiles and will likely work together with stealth jets to take on enemy fighter fleets.
An article at Bloomberg has revealed that the USAF will request eight F-15X fighters in its budget. The service plans to buy 80 fighters over five years. That's enough to fit out a wing of 72 aircraft, divided into three squadrons of 24 planes each, with eight spares.
The F-15X will come in two versions, a single-seat F-15CX and a twin-seat F-15EX. According to Aviation Week & Space Technology, other than crew size the two jets will be identical. Here's a Boeing promotional video for the F-15X, also known as Advanced Eagle.
F-15X is a thoroughly modern update of the F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter first introduced in the 1970s. Most of the updates it has are already flying in F-15s produced for other countries, with research and development already paid for by nations such as Saudi Arabia & Qatar
These include strengthened airframes for increased maneuverability and airframe life span, giving the advanced fighter an even greater dogfighting capability over the original F-15 and an impressive airframe life span of 20,000 hours.
The F-15X will include large flat-panel displays to display aircraft information, conformal fuel tanks for longer range, a digital fly-by-wire control system, a new APG-82 radar & the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) for air-to-air missile warning.
Why does the Air Force want to buy a better version of an older non-stealth fighter when it's already got plenty of F-35s on the way? The running theory is that the F-15X will complement the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the air combat mission.
The F-22 and F-35 can carry only six and four air-to-air missiles respectively, tucked away in internal weapons bays. Both jets can tack on external pylons to carry more weapons, but doing so would ruin their carefully designed stealth profiles
In combat, the Air Force could pair an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter with an F-15X, with the F-35 remaining hidden from enemy sensors & marking targets for the F-15X to kill. With up to 22 missiles on the F-15X, this combination could take out a lot of enemy aircraft.
Lockheed Martin is Waging War on Boeing’s F-15EX - The battle between Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and Boeing’s F-15EX is being fought by lobbyists in and around Congress, which is beginning to review the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request defenseone.com/business/2019/…
The proposed F-15 purchase is rather small: 8 jets in 2020 & 80 through 2024. By comparison, the Pentagon wants to buy 78 F-35s in 2020, with 48 going to the Air Force. But Pentagon budget documents also signal that the Air Force could buy hundreds of F-15s over the next decade.
A tranche of 144 planes would “initially refresh” squadrons that fly Cold War-era F-15C Eagles designed for air-to-air combat. And the plane has the “potential to refresh the remainder of the F-15C/D fleet and the F-15E fleet.” In all, that’s more than 400 planes.
That was enough to draw a full-court press from Lockheed. One day after that announcement, company officials began circulating a three-page white paper detailing the “F-35’s decisive edge” over unnamed fourth-generation warplanes.
Lockheed’s arguments boil down to bang-for-the-buck: The F-35 will cost about the same or less than the F-15 soon (the long-criticized price has been coming down), its operating costs will be less than the F-15’s within six years, and it can fly a more diverse set of missions.
Boeing’s argument: The F-35 was never intended to replace the F-15C but the F-15EX could do so while expanding those squadrons’ capabilities. Pilots wont need extensive training to fly it, which can carry heavy weapon loads & Eagle bases would not need infrastructure upgrades.
Analysis by the Joint Staff and Pentagon Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office “on the kinds of capabilities that we require in the aviation realm” led officials to recommend buying the F-15EX, a senior defense official said.
#US Air Force plans to spend $7.86 billion over the next five years buying 80 F-15EXs, new Eagles to replace aging F-15Cs. 👍airforcemag.com/Features/Pages…
The service will spend $1.05 billion in 2020 to buy the 8 aircraft, and that buy will accelerate to 18 at a cost of $1.65 billion in 2021, with that rate holding steady until 2024. The jet will have two seats to be flown by one or two aircrew, and will be multi-role capable.
The new aircraft will be based on the F-15QA, which Boeing built for the Qatar Emiri Air Force, though it will have USAF-specific capabilities, including the Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System and the Suite 9.1 Operational Flight Program software.
Current F-15C/Ds are beyond their service life “& have serious structures risks, wire chafing issues & obsolete parts,” the justification states, adding that Air Force readiness goals cannot be achieved because of the aging aircraft’s repairs & structural inspections.
The 2020 request includes aircraft & production factory tooling, systems integration lab equipment, support equipment, training materials & other items needed to manufacture the jets. The Air Force eventually could buy up to 144 of the aircraft.
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