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USAF considers new F-15s and F-16s to beat fighter shortfall

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a new report today that for the first time reveals how US Air Force plans to deal with a fighter shortfall that is expected to reach 200 jets by 2025.The GAO report summarizes two mandatory reports the USAF delivered in March to Congress. There are four options: 1. Extending […]

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Saudia Arabia, Israel and the F-15

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US will sell 82 F-15Es to Saudi Arabia over objections from Israel. According to the article, standoff weapons were the main issue of concern in Jerusalem. Of course, standoff weapons are only necessary if the aircraft is unable to penetrate defended airspace to release weapons directly over the […]

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Another Al-Dhafra post-script for F-22

What really happened in the skies over Al Dhafra last November and December when US Air Force F-22s fought mock dogfights with French Rafales may never be confirmed. The French and the Americans who were involved have different stories. A new blog post today by Arabian Aerospace doesn’t shed new light on the outcome of […]

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FARN10: Fox-3 for F-15 Silent Eagle

Boeing vice president and general manager Shelley Lavender narrates as video of the F-15 Silent Eagle missile launch test is shown to reporters at the Farnborough Air Show today. Keep a sharp eye our for the last few seconds of the video. The next slide in Lavender’s presentation shows the latest big upgrade for the […]

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F-15 flies with conformal weapons bay

Source: Boeing It’s not quite the F-15 Silent Eagle, but it’s a big start.Boeing has flown the company-owned F-15E1 testbed sporting a conformal fuel tank modified into an internal weapons bay. A second flight will ferry the aircraft to Point Mugu, California. On the third and final flight in the series, the F-15E1 will fire […]

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Boeing ditches V-tail for first F-15 Silent Eagles

Last March, Boeing unveiled the V-tailed F-15 Silent Eagle. The idea was to offer a “stealthy” F-15 that could be used in a first-day-of-war scenario, penetrating protected airspace undetected. The idea also involves adding an internal weapons bay by modifying the F-15′s conformal fuel tank, adding radar absorbent materials to the forward fuselage and cockpit […]

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Eurofighter boasts USAF F-15 kills by Spanish Typhoons

Eurofighter’s official blog makes an interesting claim today about a recent dissimilar fighter exercise in the Canaries involving Spanish Typhoons and US Air Force F-15s. The blog says: In an interview on the exercise, Major Juan Balesta, the 41-year oldCommander of the 111 Squadron stressed that a two-ship formation ofEurofighters involved in a dogfight simulation […]

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F-35 hearts Seoul

Lockheed Martin has doubled-down on its F-35 proposal to South Korea, my colleague in Singapore Siva Govindasamy reports.To steal a contract that presumably favors Boeing’s V-tailed F-15 Silent Eagle, Lockheed sales veep Steve O’Bryan made the following promises at the Seoul Air Show last week: Delivery slots in 2014 Second-tier supplier deals Final assembly role […]

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‘Father of Su-27′ Simonov: F-15 hater

Mikhail Petrovich Simonov, designer of the iconic Su-27 Flanker, realized after the 1977 first flight that the T-10 prototype was a dog, a fact he explained to the aviation minister in Moscow. “‘It’s a good thing, Petrovich, that today is not 1937,” the minister replied.That is one of the incredible anecdotes sprinkled throughout a Simonov […]

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Washington Post reveals F-22 crash mystery

R. Jeffrey Smith writes today in The Washington Post that the F-22 “has major shortcomings”. The US Air Force says the F-22 costs $44,259 to fly one hour, compared to $30,818 for the F-15. An unnamed “critic” in the Department of Defense calls the F-22′s maintenance problems a “disgrace”. The reporter connects Darrol Olsen’s allegations […]

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