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  • 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 · 38 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...
  • Death Pods Swarm Towards North Korea

    05/02/2011 7:38:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Strategy Page ^ | 05/01/11 | James Dunnigan
    Death Pods Swarm Towards North Korea by James Dunnigan May 1, 2011 South Korea has received more of the several dozen AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Targeting pods it had ordered for its F-15K fighter-bombers. The growing threat of war with North Korea has led to the speeding up of orders for many critical items of military equipment. South Korea wants as many of its F-15Ks as possible equipped with the Sniper pod, and the pilots trained in its use. The U.S. Air Force buys Sniper XTP targeting pods for about $2 million each, and currently has over 500 of these pods, which...
  • India says no to US fighter planes (EF, Rafale shortlisted)

    04/27/2011 6:29:56 PM PDT · by cold start · 18 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | 28th April 2011
    India has told the United States that it will not be buying American for its $10-billion fighter aircraft deal. This more or less leaves the Eurofighter Typhoon and the French Rafale as the only remaining contenders for the deal. The two US contenders, Boeing and Lockheed, received formal letters fr om the Indian Ministry of Defence as to why their respective aircraft, the F/A-18 Superhornet and the F-16 Superviper, did not fulfil the technical requirements of Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft contract, said US and Indian sources. Defence Minister AK Antony has been signaling privately for weeks that the Indian Air...
  • With F-35 delay, IAF looking at purchase of used F-15s

    04/13/2011 8:13:48 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2011 | YAAKOV KATZ
    With F-35 delay, IAF looking at purchase of used F-15s By YAAKOV KATZ 13/04/2011 Delivery of Joint Strike Fighter only expected in 2018, air force considers buying used squadron from US, upgrading older jets. Fearing major delays to the Joint Strike Fighter, the IAF is exploring whether to purchase a used squadron of F-15 fighter jets from the US Air Force, as it faces a possible drop in its number of combat aircraft. Israel decided to purchase a squadron of 20 F-35 stealth fifth-generation JSFs, which are made by Lockheed Martin, last year in a massive $2.75 billion deal, to...
  • US BOMBED WRECKAGE OVERNIGHT OF F-15 FIGHTER JET THAT WENT DOWN [Libya]

    03/23/2011 3:39:38 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:45pm GMT
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  • Six Libyan villagers shot by US team rescuing pilot.

    03/22/2011 10:26:57 AM PDT · by darkside321 · 57 replies
    Channel 4 News International Editor, Lindsey Hilsum, says that the villagers were shot when a US helicopter picked up the pilot who had ejected from the F-15E Eagle plane after it experienced a mechanical failure. The US aircraft crashed on Monday night and was found in a field outside Benghazi and landed in rebel-held territory. The local Libyans who were injured in the rescue mission are currently in hospital. They are the first confirmed casualities of allied operations, almost four days after operations began. At the time of writing, no one had died as a result of the gunfire. Lindsey...
  • US crew rescued after Libya crash

    03/22/2011 9:54:00 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 18 replies
    bbc ^ | 22 March 2011
    Two US airmen have been rescued after ejecting from their F-15E Eagle warplane just before it crashed during allied operations in eastern Libya. The plane appeared to suffer mechanical failure near the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, the US military said. It came down after a third night of US-led coalition attacks on Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces, aimed at enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians. Debate is continuing in the coalition over who should take command.
  • U.S. warplane crashes in Libya, pilot safe: report

    03/22/2011 3:31:23 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies
    U.S. warplane crashes in Libya, pilot safe: report 19 mins ago LONDON (Reuters) – A U.S. warplane has crashed in a Libyan field after an apparent mechanical failure and its pilot has been rescued by rebels, Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported on its website on Tuesday. The plane is an F-15E Eagle...........
  • USAF Pulls Funding For F-15 IRST Upgrade

    03/15/2011 8:27:56 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 1+ views
    AviationWeek.com ^ | Mar 15, 2011 | Amy Butler
    USAF Pulls Funding For F-15 IRST Upgrade Mar 15, 2011 The U.S. Air Force has terminated funding for an infrared search and track (IRST) upgrade for its F-15C/D fleet as part of the service’s push last year to produce savings for the Pentagon’s fiscal 2012 budget. Air Force officials say that the effort was designed to provide “the only USAF search and targeting capability in the infrared spectrum designed specifically for air-to-air, providing air-to-air attack capability in a radar-denied environment on the F-15C/D.” The system could be useful for air-to-air fighter engagements as well as cruise missile targeting and ballistic...
  • F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats

    02/22/2011 8:00:18 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies
    The Warner Robins Patriot ^ | 02/22/2011 | GENE RECTOR
    F-15 set to be ‘practical if not preferred’ answer to nation’s threats by GENE RECTOR, Staff Writer The Warner Robins Patriot In a concession some months ago to what’s practical rather than what many preferred, Defense Department officials decided to update the Air Force’s fleet of F-15 Eagle fighters rather than buying additional, new production F-22s. It is a move that shines a bright light on Robins Air Force Base where hundreds of workers daily engage in worldwide sustainment of the nation’s F-15 fleet. Budget constraints – then and especially now – drove the decision. The F-15 upgrade – featuring...
  • ISR Needs Put Fighters in Surveillance Role

    02/01/2011 3:26:14 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Aviation Week And Space Technology ^ | 2*/1/2011 | Angus Batey
    The same argument has been used to benefit defense by bringing the RAF imagery analysts from [39 Sqdn., operators of the Reaper, and 5 AC (Army Cooperation) Sqdn., which flies the Sentinel R1 Airborne Stand-Off Radar system] into TIW,” Stewart says. “So we have that umbrella organization that can provide far better output and support to operations and the development of capabilities.” The RAF’s operations go beyond fighters and are part of a service-wide focus on combat intelligence, surveillance, targeting and reconnaissance (Combat IStar). Since his appointment in July 2009, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stephen Dalton has made refocusing the...
  • The Ancient Warriors of Israel

    01/29/2011 9:48:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies
    The Strategy Page ^ | 1/28/2011 | The Strategy Page
    Israel is upgrading its thirty 1970s vintage F-15 fighters so that they can use JDAM and other smart bombs, and continue flying for another decade. Israel has 107 F-15s, and all but the 30 oldest ones can already use smart bombs. This additional upgrade effort is partly in response to the growing number of delays in delivering the new F-35. Moreover, the 31 ton F-15A/B/C/D/Is that Israel uses have larger carrying capacity (up to 11 tons, compared to four tons) and range than the 350 F-16s. While the F-16s are Israel's principal combat aircraft, the larger F-15s can still defeat...
  • F-15E flies with new radar system

    01/24/2011 5:58:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 24 replies
    USAF News ^ | 1/21/2011 | USAF News
    Officials took a step forward in the F-15E Strike Eagle's continuous technological evolution as the Air Force's most versatile combat aircraft here Jan. 18. Officials from the 46th Test Wing launched the fourth generation fighter for the first time with a new and improved radar system, the APG-82(V)1. The APG-82 uses active electronically scanned array radar technology composed of numerous small solid-state transmit and receive modules. The standard radar, APG-70, is a mechanically scanned array housed in the nose of the aircraft. Although the current F-15E radar has undergone numerous updates and upgrades, it is still the same system the...
  • Guam to shoulder F-15 flight drills

    01/20/2011 7:47:12 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    The Japan Times ^ | 1/20/2011 | The Japan Times
    ) Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa on Thursday notified Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima that Guam will host some of the drills involving Okinawa-based F-15 fighters, as part of efforts to ease the base-hosting burden on the prefecture. Kitazawa told Nakaima the move would "definitely reduce" noise caused by such exercises and urged locals to realize that the state was striving to help Okinawa's development while reducing its burden of hosting U.S. bases. Nakaima took a cautious stance toward the move, saying, "Let me (first) take a look at the details (of the agreement) to see if the noise could be considerably...
  • Fiscal 2012 Could Boost Bomber, F-16, F-15

    01/19/2011 4:56:47 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/19/2010 | Amy Butler
    new F-16 life extension, bomber and space-procurement plan will be included in the U.S. Air Force’s forthcoming Fiscal 2012 budget proposal. These efforts are possible during a time of belt-tightening because the service found $34 billion worth of projects to cut in order to fund higher-priority initiatives, says Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Absent from Donley’s comments last week was mention of the budding effort to buy a new fast-jet trainer (Alenia, BAE and Lockheed Martin/Korea Aerospace Industries are poised to compete for this) as well as a replacement for aging Bell Helicopter UH-1Ns supporting nuclear convoys and executive lift....
  • Israel to expand F-15 upgrade plan

    01/19/2011 4:36:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 1/19/2011 | Arie Egozi
    The Israeli air force is to enhance an upgrade programme to its Boeing F-15 "Baz" strike aircraft to include its oldest A/B-model aircraft. One prototype has already been completed and will serve to accelerate the series upgrade. "We are confident that after the upgrade is complete, all the Baz fleet will be capable of performing long-range strikes in the next 10 years," an air force source says. Israel's F-15C/Ds have been upgraded within recent years, but the service had not planned to invest in modernising its earlier A/Bs. However, a more comprehensive upgrade is now aimed at enabling the older...
  • Gates suggests US fighters for Japan

    01/17/2011 12:26:03 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies
    AFP via Defense Talk ^ | 1/14/2011 | AFP via Defense Talk
    Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday suggested Japan should consider buying US fighter jets, during talks in Tokyo, as the country plans for new warplanes, a US official said. In a meeting with Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, Gates "suggested Japan consider three US planes to upgrade their fleet," the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the F/A-18 Hornet and the F-15 Eagle, the senior defence official told AFP. Gates offered that the Pentagon could provide Japan with an analysis of the merits of each aircraft, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Japan is taking stock of its defence hardware...
  • Pakistan, Saudi air forces conduct joint exercise

    01/16/2011 11:20:54 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Pakistan Daily Times ^ | 1/16/2010 | Pakistan Daily Times
    The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) are conducting a joint air power employment exercise, code named ‘Al Saqoor-II’, in Saudi Arabia. The exercise commenced on January 6 and will be completed by January 19. A PAF contingent comprising F-16 and Mirage aircraft and that of the RSAF consisting of F-15 aircraft are participating in the exercise in which air operations are being executed in near realistic environment. The exercise will benefit both teams and hone their professional skills and further enhance existing brotherly relations between the two countries and their air forces. It will also...