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  • Decision Time: Half of US F-15s Need Overhauls — Or Retirement

    11/17/2016 5:47:05 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    Defense One ^ | November 16, 2016 | MARCUS WEISGERBER
    In a backseat ride over New Hampshire, the Eagle shows why it’s still lethal, yet increasingly expensive. WESTFIELD, Massachusetts — The F-15C Eagle weighs about 16 tons, but with nearly 47,000 pounds of thrust pushing it down the runway it feels more like 16 ounces. In a just seconds, the plane passes 100 miles per hour, then twice that. It hops off the ground but the pilot, Maj. Jay “Fat” Talbert keeps it level, fifty feet up, and pours on more speed. “Here come the G’s,” Talbert warns his passenger in the back seat. Then he pulls back the stick....
  • The Sea Eagle: How America's F-15 Fighter Almost Became a Aircraft Carrier Jet

    10/14/2016 9:24:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Michael Peck | Michael Peck
    Back in the 1980s and 1990s, a Dynamic Duo symbolized U.S. military airpower. The Air Force had its powerful F-15 Eagle air superiority fighter. But the Navy had the sophisticated swing-wing F-14 Tomcat, glamorized by the movie Top Gun. Yet had events worked out differently, the aircraft that Tom Cruise flew could have been an… F-15 Eagle? For a time, the Navy actually considered a carrier version of the F-15. The F-15N, or "Sea Eagle" as it was unofficially dubbed, was proposed by McDonnell Douglas in 1971, according to author Dennis Jenkins in his "McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle: Supreme Heavy-Weight...
  • US adds F-15 to $38 billion military aid package for Israel

    09/14/2016 10:11:26 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    FlightGlobal ^ | 15 SEPTEMBER, 2016 | LEIGH GIANGRECO
    US and Israeli diplomats announced the largest military assistance package in US history on 14 September in a $38 billion, 10-year package that will deliver an assortment of American-designed weapon systems, including Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15 fighters to Tel Aviv. The agreement, which takes effect on 1 October 2018, pledges $38 billion to Israel over the next decade, including $33 billion in foreign military financing funds and $5 billion for missile defense, US national security advisor Susan Rice said. In a surprise move, Rice added to the F-15E to the mix of weapon systems on the agenda for...
  • Air Force investing $12B in F-15s

    09/07/2016 7:55:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 2, 2016 | Zachary Cohen
    (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...
  • Air Force Begins Massive High-Tech F-15 Upgrade to Stay in Front of Chinese J-10

    08/18/2016 11:38:00 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Scout Warrior ^ | Aug 18, 2016 | KRIS OSBORN
    The US Air Force is vigorously upgrading the 1980s-era F-15 fighter by giving new weapons and sensors in the hope of maintaining air-to-air superiority over the Chinese J-10 equivalent. The multi-pronged effort includes the current addition of electronic warfare technology, super-fast high-speed computers, infrared search and track enemy targeting systems, increased networking ability and upgraded weapons-firing capability, Air Force and Boeing officials said. “The Air Force plans to keep the F-15 fleet in service until the mid-2040’s. Many of the F-15 systems date back to the 1970’s and must be upgraded if the aircraft is to remain operationally effective. Various...
  • U.S. fighter jet blueprints stolen in South Korean breach

    06/14/2016 6:37:14 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    fedscoop ^ | JUNE 13, 2016 | Chris Bing
    USAF F-15C fires an AIM-7 Sparrow in 2005. (Wikipedia) A newfound data breach of 160 South Korean firms and government agencies has put unclassified U.S. fighter jet blueprints in the hands of North Korean hackers, government officials in Seoul announced Monday. The attackers — reportedly using an IP address tied to a computer located in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang — targeted network management software, South Korean police said in a press briefing Monday. The police declined to name the hacked software product. The broader hack reportedly went on for about two years before South Korea discovered it in...
  • What It Was Like Flying And Fighting The F-16N Viper, Topgun's Legendary Hotrod

    05/09/2016 11:20:25 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    THE DRIVE ^ | MAY 9, 2016 | PAUL NICKELL AND TYLER ROGOWAY
    I the late 1980s, F-14 Tomcat pilot and Topgun instructor Paul Nickell found himself strapping into the cockpit of a brand new Navy jet that would never land on an aircraft carrier. Instead, it was built specifically to challenge the skills of the best fighter crews the Navy had to offer. It was a stripped down, up-engined, exotically painted variant of the already nimble F-16. General Dynamics built only 26 of them, and the fleet served less than a decade before being controversially retired, but the impression the jet made was legendary. For part one of a multi-part, in-depth series...
  • Here's How F-15s Practice Intercepting Errant Civilian Planes for the Super Bowl

    02/03/2016 8:55:57 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Feb. 1, 2016 | Chris Clarke
    A huge influx of general aviation air traffic is expected to hit the San Francisco Bay Area during the first week of February in anticipation Super Bowl 50. While you're watching football on Sunday, the Air Force will be watching the skies in case an errant pilot wanders into the protected airspace surrounding the big game. But it takes practice to intercept a slow moving Cessna with a big twin-engine supersonic fighter jet. The California Air National Guard and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) have been busy preparing should such an encounter be required. CAP's California Wing spent an...
  • Face of Defense: F-15 Pilot Passes 2,000-Hour Milestone

    12/04/2015 1:52:04 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    U.S. Department of Defense ^ | December 4, 2015 | Air Force Airman 1st Class Corey M. Pettis 18th Wing
    KADENA AIR BASE, Japan, December 4, 2015 — A maintenance airman stands in front of a fighter jet, arms stretched out as he marshals the jet into place. The engine’s roar begins to fade and its canopy opens, projecting a robotic sound reminiscent of a 1980s science-fiction flick. As the pilot climbs down, friends and family congratulate him in the traditional manner -- by spraying him with a stream of ice-cold water. This is what happens when an F-15 Eagle pilot reaches the milestone of 2,000 flying hours. Air Force Lt. Col Alexander Haddad, 44th Fighter Squadron pilot, reached this...
  • US Air Force Might Buy 72 new upgraded F-15 2040C or upgraded F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/29/2015 8:12:51 PM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | November 29th, 2015 | brian wang
    The U.S. Air Force might buy 72 upgraded F-15, F-16 or even F-18 fighter aircraft due to low F-35 production rates and the high cost of the F-35. The U.S. Air Force “is struggling to afford 48 F-35s a year” for the first years of full-rate production a senior Air Force officer told Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. Full rate-production is slated to begin in 2019 and the U.S. Air Force wants to buy 60 planes in 2020, and 80 F-35 per year after that. This year, the Air Force is to receive 28 F-35s, whereas in 2016 the number...
  • F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets

    11/20/2015 10:19:27 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | November 21, 2015 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16’s, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. “F-15s and F-16s are now expected to serve until 2045, when an all-new aircraft will be ready, and plans to modernize F-16s with active electronically scanned array radars and other improvements are being revived,” the article states. U.S. Air Force officials and industry officials revealed...
  • U.S. Brings Dogfighters to Counter Russians Over Syria

    11/03/2015 1:33:27 AM PST · by SaveFerris · 47 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | 11.03.151:00 AM ET | David AxeIcemen
    The Pentagon is sending F-15Cs—supposedly to fight the ISIS war. But the jets only have air-to-air weapons, and ISIS has no planes. Which means the real adversary is Russia. The U.S. Air Force is deploying to Turkey up to a dozen jet fighters specializing in air-to-air combat—apparently to help protect other U.S. and allied jets from Russia’s own warplanes flying over Syria. Officially, the deployment of F-15C Eagle twin-engine fighters to Incirlik, Turkey—which the Pentagon announced late last week—is meant to “ensure the safety” of America’s NATO allies, Laura Seal, a Defense Department spokesperson, told The Daily Beast. That could...
  • Stealthy F-15 Silent Eagle May Get A Reprieve As Israel Requests More Eagles

    11/03/2015 12:44:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | November 2, 2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    A report from Flightglobal.com states that Israel is requesting a batch of F-15s as part of a compensation program for the U.S. making a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. According to the report, not just any F-15 was requested, but the F-15SE Silent Eagle. The F-15SE was Boeing’s attempt to compete internationally with the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter, especially for major purchasing competitions like those recently held in Korea and Japan, both of which are F-15 users. These users ended up selecting the F-35, and Israel also opted for the F-35 even though they are among the most...
  • Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

    10/17/2015 3:43:48 PM PDT · by PIF · 43 replies
    real clear defense ^ | October 16, 2015 | Patrick Megahan
    The Israeli Air Force (IAF) is one of the most experienced and capable air forces in the world, with roughly 400 American-made F-16 and F-15 fighters in its inventory. For the most part, this force resembles a smaller version of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) “legacy” fighter fleet – fourth generation aircraft originally developed during the 1970s. Like the USAF, however, many of these aircraft are three decades old and nearing the end of their service life. snip If the F-35 cannot hold its own against fourth-generation fighters, which are increasingly equipped with infrared sensors that can detect stealth aircraft,...
  • Boeing Touts New 16 Air-To-Air Missile Carrying F-15 Eagle Configurations

    09/13/2015 3:54:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 9/12/15 | Tyler Rogoway
    The annual Air Force Association conference will kick off outside of Washington next week, where Boeing is putting its latest and greatest combat aircraft developments on show for industry and Washington power brokers. This includes new F-15 configurations that allow the 43-year-old design to lug 16 air-to-air missiles into combat instead of the standard eight it carries today. According to Boeing artwork floating around the net, this includes the activation of the number one and number nine weapon stations on the outer wings, or possibly by hefting a multiple ejector rack capable of carrying a pair of AIM-120 AMRAAMs on...
  • The Amazing Saga Of How Israel Turned Its F-15s Into Multi-Role Bombers

    05/08/2015 7:41:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 05/08/2015 | Tyler Rogoway
    When the F-15 was created, it was created to be a pure air-to-air fighter, with the philosophy of “not a pound for air-to-ground” guiding designers. So how did Israel end up turning their F-15s into deadly long-range multi-role strike aircraft well before the F-15E Strike Eagle became a reality? Here’s how. In Need Of A Game Changing Fighter Israel’s love affair with the F-15 began out of the need to procure a fighter that could trump the increasingly complex fighters that surrounding Arab states were amassing from Russian and French sources. Both the F-14 Tomcat and the F-15 Eagle were...
  • Saudi deploys advanced fighter jets in Yemen

    03/27/2015 8:14:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | 27 March 2015
    Saudi Arabia on Thursday deployed its vast array of fighter jets to bomb Houthi targets in Yemen, in an offensive known as “Operation Decisive Storm.” The three primary jet fighters used in the offensive are European-made Eurofighter Typhoons, U.S.-made F-15s, and UK-made Tornados. Introduced in 1988, The F-15 has been deployed for military operations in much of the Middle East, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya. Saudi’s air force has the largest fleet of F-15 fighters after the U.S. and Japan, with a stock of 152 of the Strike Eagle variant. In 2009, Saudi air force F-15s, along with Tornados, bombed...
  • F-15 Eagle vs CF-18 Hornet vs F-16 Fighting Falcon: a pilot’s perspective

    09/18/2014 11:43:59 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Sep 18 2014 | Dario Leone
    Although they are two different airframes, the F-15 and the F-18 have similar avionics, as you can read in the following interesting story released by an experienced Eagle driver. Disclaimer: the story is based on an interview to an F-15, published on a magazine profiling the F/A-18 Hornet. Developed as a multirole naval fighter, the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F/A-18 Hornet has become the backbone of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Marine Corps and several air arms around the world. Among them there is also the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), formerly known as Canadian Forces Air Command, that began...
  • How an Israeli F-15 Eagle managed to land with one wing

    09/16/2014 12:48:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 39 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 15 September 2014 | Dario Leone
    By Dario Leone The F-15 is not only a famous MiG Killer. The legendary Eagle is also a very robust aircraft, that can survive some serious damages. As shown by a very well-known incident which occurred in 1983, in the skies over Nahal Tzin in the Negev desert, in Israel, during a mock aerial combat between two Israeli Air Force F-15Ds and four A-4Ns, when one of the Eagles, the F-15D #957 nicknamed ‘Markia Shchakim’, 5 killmarks, used for conversion of a new pilot named Zivi Nedivi, collided mid-air with one of the Skyhawks. As explained in No Wing F-15,...
  • Officials say missing pilot fatally injured

    08/29/2014 8:30:34 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 30 replies
    Officials say missing pilot fatally injured Posted: Aug 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Updated: Aug 29, 2014 1:18 AM EDT By Rachel Lucas, Digital Journalist - bio | email Officials have confirmed Thursday that the pilot in Wednesday's crash F-15C Eagle was fatally injured. No word on whether officials have found the pilot's body. The pilot's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.
  • F-15C Crash in Western Virginia. Pilot's Fate Unknown.

    08/27/2014 11:04:24 AM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 27 replies
    Military.com ^ | 8/27/14 | Military.com News
    <p>DEERFIELD, Va. — An Air Force fighter jet based in Massachusetts crashed in the mountains of western Virginia on Wednesday, shaking the ground and frightening residents, and officials said the pilot's fate was unknown.</p>
  • Russian MiGs in Sudan and Yemen (Russian Merc Pilots section highlighted)

    01/04/2002 11:36:21 PM PST · by Fighting Irish · 15 replies · 424+ views
    Newsmax and Softwar.net ^ | Jan 4, 2002 | Charles Smith
    Russia has cut a deal with Sudan to deliver a dozen advanced MiG-29 Fulcrum jet fighters to the war-torn country. The deal, announced Christmas Day in Moscow, also includes 14 MiG-29 jets for Yemen. The transfer of fourth-generation MiG-29 Fulcrums to Sudan has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and is certain to alter any possible U.S. plans for air strikes at known terrorist bases inside the African nation. Sudan was cited as one of a limited number of nations with direct links to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. The U.S. State Department also listed Sudan as one of a few hostile ...
  • How a U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle shot down an Iraqi Mig-23 Flogger during Desert Storm

    01/30/2014 5:33:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Jan 29 2014 | Dario Leone
    Developed at the end of the 1960s to be the best air superiority fighter in the world, the F-15 proved to be a real MiG Killer during the Operation Desert Storm scoring most of the allied aerial victories. During the Air War over Iraq the mighty Eagle proved also to be a very robust airframe, bringing back its pilots also after suffering serious damages. After the first ten days of the first Gulf Air War, to avoid the destruction of their air force, Iraqis flew their aircraft to Iran and to prevent this “exodus” the U.S. Air Force was forced...
  • Japan nears decision on oldest F-15s

    11/14/2013 7:25:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/14/2013 | CRAIG HOYLE
    Japan should reach a decision “within months” on whether to pursue a modernisation programme for its oldest Boeing/Mitsubishi F-15 combat aircraft, or replace them with a new type, a senior air force official has revealed. Tokyo is already upgrading its youngest F-15Js to an enhanced MJ configuration and modernising its indigenous Mitsubishi F-2 fighters, and will replace its McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantoms with 42 Lockheed Martin F-35As from 2016. US Department of Defense “Beyond the horizon, planners are looking at options,” says Col Koji Imaki, head of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force’s F-35A programme office. “A plan which will go...
  • Former US air chief says S.Korea needs F-15 and F-35 fighters

    11/04/2013 10:27:33 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Nov 4, 2013
    Nov 4 (Reuters) - A retired top U.S. Air Force general on Monday said South Korea will need Boeing Co F-15 fighter jets in the short term since Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 will not be able to carry a full load of weapons until after South Korea needs to replace its aging F-4 and F-5 fighters. Ron Fogleman, who works as a consultant to Boeing and also heads the board of Alliant Techsystems Inc, a big F-35 supplier, said South Korea would eventually need some F-35s, with their greater "stealth" or ability to evade enemy radar. But Boeing's F-15 offered...
  • Exclusive: South Korea nearing decision to buy F-35 fighters

    10/23/2013 1:22:53 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 23, 2013 | Andrea Shalal-Esa and Joyce Lee
    WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is nearing a decision to buy some Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jets, but will likely keep its options open for a limited purchase of Boeing Co's F-15, sources familiar with the country's fighter competition said on Wednesday. South Korean officials could announce their plans as early as November to secure the funding needed to ensure initial deliveries of the F-35 in 2017, according to multiple sources who were not authorized to speak publicly. They cautioned that the decisions were not yet final, and an announcement could still be postponed if the decision-making process hits...
  • Boeing's upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle model at AFA

    02/25/2013 10:26:57 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    Flight Global Blogs ^ | February 25, 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing's upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle model at AFA Boeing had a very small presence at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. But the company did bring this model of an upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle to the show. Most immediately noticeable is that the aircraft has its two outer-wing weapons stations activated (which the F-15 always had, but aren't normally used)--something that'll be featured in Saudi Arabia's advanced F-15SA aircraft. A Boeing representative at the show said that the USAF's Strike Eagles would also eventually have those weapons stations activated. Other features noticeable on the model are the...
  • Thirty minutes to choose your fighter jet: how the Shah of Iran chose the F-14 Tomcat over the F-15

    02/11/2013 11:44:50 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | February 11, 2013 | Dario Leone
    Thirty minutes to choose your fighter jet: how the Shah of Iran chose the F-14 Tomcat over the F-15 Eagle February 11, 2013 Despite all the skepticism about the actual airworthiness of Iran’s new stealth fighter “Qaher 313″, one thing is certain: Iran is still flying the iconic Grumman F-14. More than 6 years after its last flight with the U.S. Navy, the Tomcat is still in service in a small number of examples with the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF), to such an extent, Iran has recently tested a brand new air-to-air missile dubbed “Fakour”, for the...
  • Chuck Yeager re-enacts sound barrier flight on its 65th anniversary

    10/15/2012 6:46:22 AM PDT · by DFG · 9 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | 10/14/12 | AP
    Sixty-five years after becoming the first human to fly faster than the speed of sound, retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager is still making noise. This time the 89-year-old Yeager, who was featured in the movie "The Right Stuff," flew in the back seat Sunday of an F-15 Eagle instead of the experimental rocket plane, Bell X-1, he piloted on the historic flight. The F-15 took off from Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas and broke the sound barrier at more than 30,000 feet above California's Mojave Desert where Yeager achieved the feat on Oct. 14, 1947.
  • America’s aging aviation force: Father, son flew same fighter jet 30 years apart

    05/18/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Dave Deptula, a retired three-star general, knows the risks associated with flying older aircraft. While serving as the joint task force commander in 1998 and 1999 for Operation Northern Watch, Deptula flew 82 combat missions over Iraq. On one mission, as he was headed to a tanker to refuel, the master caution light came on, revealing a problem with the plane. His fuel gauge went to zero. Meanwhile, he was 500 miles away from his base. Fortunately, he was able to land safely.“The insulation was so old it simply had deteriorated to the extent where it came off and all...
  • [Exclusive] F-15K jets fly blind to enemy attacks

    05/05/2012 9:31:57 PM PDT · by Rabin · 4 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 03-01-2012 16:47 | Lee Tae-hoon
    At least 7 percent of F-15Ks, the most advanced fighter jets that Korea has ever purchased, have been flying with a malfunctioning electronic countermeasures (ECM) system over the past few years...
  • US F-15 crashes in Mideast, crew ejects safely

    05/03/2012 6:16:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 4 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | May 3, 2012 | Stars and Stripes
    <p>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Air Force F-15E fighter crashed Thursday during a routine training mission in the Middle East, but investigators have ruled out insurgent activity as a cause, the military said. Both crew members ejected safely.</p>
  • US Military Drills Day One After Strike On Iran, Deploys F-22s To Gulf

    05/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies
    Debka.com ^ | May 4, 2012 (Middle East) | Debka.com
    US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US-Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile’s exclusive military and Washington sources report. Sunday, April 22, the US also transferred a number of advanced stealth F-22 fighter bombers, believed to be from the 302nd Fighter Squadron 302, from the joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. According to our sources, the F-22 jets...
  • F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships (Japan)

    03/30/2012 8:25:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | Mar. 31, 2012
    F-15s to be sent to guard Aegis ships The Defense Ministry has decided to send F-15 fighters to guard Aegis destroyers to be deployed in preparation for the scheduled launch of a North Korean missile, government sources have said. The ministry is expected to deploy the state-of-the-art Aegis ships to the East China Sea and two other locations to monitor the launch. The F-15s are necessary as Russian or Chinese intelligence-gathering aircraft may come extremely close to the Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels, the sources said Thursday. The F-15s will be deployed under a provision prescribed in the Self-Defense Forces Law's...
  • Korean Air delivers rewired F-15 fighter

    03/20/2012 6:28:38 PM PDT · by U-238 · 19 replies
    The Korean Hearld ^ | 3/20/2012 | The Korean Hearld
    Korean Air on Tuesday made its first delivery of a rewired U.S. fighter plane from its Busan Tech Center under a $400 million order it won from the U.S. Air Force last September. Under the deal, Korean Air will work on 60 F-15 fighters stationed in the Pacific region by 2016, replacing their tail wings and re-wiring them in line with the U.S. military’s project to improve its combat strength. Korean Air will also carry out maintenance work. The airliner said it replaced some 15,000 Kepton wires used in the F-15 with more elastic Teflon wires and ran tests to...
  • Polish Air Force, IAF hold joint training in Negev

    03/14/2012 6:51:11 PM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 3/14/2012 | Amir Cohen
    Polish fighter jets arrived in Israel this week for joint training with the Israel Air Force in the Negev. The Polish dispatched a number of F-16 fighter jets which have been holding maneuvers alongside IAF F-16 and F-15s. The maneuvers are based in the Uvda Air Force Base near Eilat. "We learn from one another and it helps us learn from the Poles, how they fly and their doctrines," a senior IAF officer said Wednesday. Gen. Broni Lech Majewski, commander of the Polish Air Force, arrived in Israel on Monday to oversee the drill. This is the first time that...
  • US finalises $11.4 billion Saudi order for F-15s

    03/10/2012 11:25:42 PM PST · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/10/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    Boeing has received a previously announced contract worth $11.4 billion to supply Saudi Arabia with 84 F-15SA Strike Eagle fighters, the US military announced on 8 March. "This particular undefinitsed contract action covers development efforts for the new aircraft and retrofit as well as procurement of the 84 new production aircraft," the announcement reads. "Work is expected to be completed October 2020." The sale was finalised last December when the Saudis signed a letter of offer and acceptance for a package of 84 new jets, upgrades to 70 older F-15S fighters, and associated weapons systems and sensors. The F-15SA is...
  • New Fighter Acquisition Uncertainty Revving Up F-15 Prospects

    02/15/2012 8:31:05 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Defense Update ^ | February 15, 2012 | Noam Eshel
    New Fighter Acquisition Uncertainty Revving Up F-15 Prospects Recent orders for F-15 fighters from Saudi Arabia are securing the future for the Boeing F-15 production line at least until the year 2018. Beside the Saudi mega deal, South Korea has an ongoing tender for the third phase of the FX, while the US Air Force is looking into possible upgrades to keep its F-15C/Es at least through the decade. The USAF is expected to begin evaluating life extensions for the Eagle soon. Such programs could address avionics, radar and survivability enhancements. Boeing is offering an advanced cockpit configuration for future...
  • Cutaway & technical description: How Boeing developed the F-15 Silent Eagle

    02/13/2012 4:37:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 02/13/2012 | Stephen Trimble
    Cutaway & technical description: How Boeing developed the F-15 Silent Eagle By: Stephen Trimble Washington DC The first major evolution of the F-15 Eagle occurred in the late 1970s, when the US Air Force started looking for a replacement for the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. McDonnell Douglas and Hughes teamed up to convert an F-15B two-seater - designed under the "not-a-pound-for-air-to-ground" philosophy - into the world's most effective strike aircraft. They bulked up the F-15B's internal structure by about 2,720kg (6,000lb), allowing designers to boost maximum take-off weight by 20% to more than 36,400kg, and the back-seat was converted into...
  • Obama admin OKs F-15 sales to Saudis

    12/29/2011 10:09:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/29/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    HONOLULU – The Obama administration and Saudi Arabia have reached an agreement approving the sale of combat aircraft worth nearly $30 billion to the Saudi air force, the White House announced Thursday. The deal clears the way for the sale of 84 new F-15SA fighter jets and the modernization of another 70 already in the Saudi fleet, plus the production of munitions, spare parts, training, maintenance and logistics. Saudi Arabia is a key U.S. ally in the Arab world, especially because of its ardent opposition to Iran, which intensified earlier this year as Iranian operatives were alleged to have attempted...
  • AP sources: US to sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia

    12/28/2011 7:33:19 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 12/28/2011 | LOLITA C. BALDOR & MATTHEW LEE
    AP sources: US to sell F-15s to Saudi Arabia LOLITA C. BALDOR and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is poised to announce the sale of nearly $30 billion worth of F-15 fighter jets to Saudi Arabia, U.S. officials said Wednesday. The deal will send 84 new fighter jets and upgrades for 70 more, for a total of $29.4 billion, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because the sale has not been made public. The agreement boosts the military strength of Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally in the Middle East, at a time when...
  • IAF may buy jets used by US in Iraq (Israel)

    12/25/2011 7:25:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 12/26/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    IAF may buy jets used by US in Iraq By YAAKOV KATZ 26/12/2011 Advantage in purchasing military equipment, senior IDF officer explains, is in the price, which would likely be dramatically lower than buying same equipment new. Due to the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East and potential delays to existing procurement plans, the IDF is looking at the possibility of purchasing fighter jets and other platforms used by the United States military in Iraq. The advantage in purchasing military equipment used by the US in Iraq, a senior IDF officer explained, was in the price, which would likely be...
  • Boeing Touts 'Evolution' of Its Upgraded Fighters

    11/12/2011 11:35:01 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    AIN Online ^ | November 12, 2011 | Chris Pocock
    Boeing Touts 'Evolution' of Its Upgraded Fighters Dubai Air Show » November 13, 2011 by Chris Pocock Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) has stepped up its campaign to sell more F-15 and F-18 fighters, and has issued a strong warning against overreliance on leading-edge platforms such as the F-35 Stealth Fighter (produced by competitor Lockheed Martin). “The evolutionary approach is best…it’s hard to manage a revolution,” said Rick McCrary, BMA international business director. McCrary advises customers to focus instead on tactics, techniques and procedures, and the effects that they wanted to create. The F-35 program was “going down the same path”...
  • Robins official says massive Saudi F-15 sale remains on track despite delays

    10/25/2011 12:27:34 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 1+ views
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 10.25.11 | Gene Rector
    Robins official says massive Saudi F-15 sale remains on track despite delays by Gene Rector The Warner Robins Patriot 10.25.11 - 12:48 pm A senior Robins Air Force Base official believes the massive $29.4 billion upgrade to the Royal Saudi Air Force’s F-15 fleet remains on track although the Saudi government has not yet signed the agreement. The pending sale calls for delivery of 84 new F-15SA or “Saudi advanced” jets and the upgrade of 70 RSAF F-15S aircraft. The package also includes updates at five Saudi bases, new weaponry, training and sustainment through 2020. Final agreement from the Saudi...
  • Saudi Boeing F-15 Deal Delayed

    09/29/2011 12:42:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    KMOX Radio ^ | September 28, 2011
    Saudi Boeing F-15 Deal Delayed September 28, 2011 11:43 PM ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There are rumblings that the Boeing F-15 deal with Saudi Arabia is delayed. There’s speculation the Saudis are upset with President Obama’s support of Arab Spring demonstrations or his opposition to Palestine becoming a state through U.N. approval. “We hear the same rumblings, but to narrow it down or be able to pinpoint it, we’re up in the air about that right now. We don’t know. They are keeping it pretty close chested of what the reasons might be” said Aerospace Machinists spokesman Gordon King. King...
  • F-15 fatigue tests vital to aircraft's future

    09/02/2011 7:27:12 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 34 replies
    Macon.com ^ | Sep. 02, 2011 | WAYNE CRENSHAW
    F-15 fatigue tests vital to aircraft's future By WAYNE CRENSHAW - wcrenshaw@macon.com From a small building in Byron to a lab in Israel and a Boeing facility in St. Louis, a massive effort is under way that will play an important role in the future of the F-15 Eagle. The two most extensive full-scale fatigue tests ever done on the venerated aircraft, along with complete teardowns of two others, will help determine what maintainers at Robins Air Force Base need to do to keep the aging fighter jet flying safely for years to come. Robins does depot maintenance, program management...
  • On the Future of Libya

    08/25/2011 1:06:14 PM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 19 replies
    facebook ^ | 08/25/11 | Sarah Palin
    We join the Libyan people in gratefulness as we hear of Col. Gaddafi’s defeat. The fall of a tyrant and sponsor of terrorism is a great day for freedom-loving people around the world. But the path to democracy in Libya is not complete, and we must make wise choices to ensure that our national interests are protected.
  • USAF Photo of the Day: Gentlemen, Gentlemen! We Can Only Take So Much Awesomenesss--Keep It Up!

    07/25/2011 10:12:35 AM PDT · by EnjoyingLife · 65 replies
    ChamorroBible.org ^ | August 27, 2008 | USAF Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr.
    One Raptor, one Eagle on a training sortie high above the Gulf of Mexico, USA. Via http://ChamorroBible.org/gpw/gpw-20060914.htm ( medium, large, huge) The Photographer Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr., United States Air Force  
  • Japan grounds F-15 fighter fleet after crash

    07/06/2011 7:02:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 06, 2011
    Japan grounds F-15 fighter fleet after crash By AP News Jul 06, 2011 TOKYO (AP) — Japan has grounded its entire F-15 fighter fleet following the crash of one of the jets into the East China Sea, officials said Wednesday. Japan’s Defense Ministry ordered the fleet to remain on the ground pending an investigation into the cause of the crash Tuesday, when an F-15 based on the island of Okinawa went down during a routine training mission. The pilot of the jet remains missing and about a half dozen naval ships have been mobilized in a search for him, the...
  • PAS11: Boeing’s iron Eagle

    06/21/2011 1:28:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    DoD Buzz ^ | June 21st, 2011 | Philip Ewing
    PAS11: Boeing’s iron Eagle By Philip Ewing Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 4:00 pm PARIS — Boeing could continue manufacturing variants of its F-15 Eagle — a fighter first flown in 1972 — all the way until the 2020s, the president of its military aircraft division confirmed Tuesday. If Boeing can lock in deals with the air forces of Saudi Arabia and South Korea, it could make new investments “for the long term,” Chris Chadwick told reporters, to make its Eagles or Silent Eagles as cheap and easy to produce as they’ve ever been. At stake are a total of about...