If you’re 1) in charge of a major world air force, 2) need a new air defense fighter and 3) not sure if you can afford or gain access to a fifth generation fighter, check this out.
Boeing today unveiled the V-tailed F-15 Silent Eagle, the most significant refresh of the venerable air superiority fighter since the F-15E Strike Eagle entered service in 1988.
It’s still not quite a fifth-generation fighter, but it’s not intendedto be. For instance, the F-15SE is not going to slip stealthily intodefended airspace and wipe out a surface-to-air missile battery. That’sstill the job of the all-aspect stealthy F-22 or B-2.
Boeingoptimized the F-15SE to reduce the aircraft’s head-on radar crosssection. That’s not going to fool a ground-based SAM radar, but it willmake it harder for an enemy fighter entering the merge to lock-on toyour aircraft with a radar-guided missile.