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There's one problem: what's wrong with the newest F-15EX fighter

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

There's one problem: what's wrong with the latest F-15EX fighter

Last year, a key phase of testing and evaluation of the F-15EX Eagle II ended, and US Air Force pilots are beginning to transition to it from older F-15. In the long term, the US military will have a versatile combat platform.

Despite rising costs that have already exceeded the cost of the F-35, the F-15EX is seen as the most important platform for maintaining air superiority, and its advanced systems and open architecture missions will ensure the aircraft's relevance in the long term.

Focus translated article by Peter Suchiu about problems with the F-15EX Strike Eagle II fighter.

    < li>The F-15EX Eagle II, having completed a key stage of testing and evaluation, is now in service with US Air Force pilots. The Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Air National Guard Wing will be the first to receive 18 of these advanced fighters.
  • The F-15EX has received significant improvements over the F-15C, including more powerful engines, improved radar and avionics, and control systems. by flying according to the fly-by-wire principle.

Despite rising costs that have already surpassed the cost of the F-35, the F-15EX is seen as the most important platform for maintaining air superiority, and its advanced systems and open mission architecture will ensure the aircraft's long-term relevance.

F- 15EX Eagle II: Spotlight — new features and increased cost

Last year, a key phase of testing and evaluation of the F-15EX Eagle II was completed, and US Air Force pilots are beginning to transition to it from the aging F-15s currently in service. Last month, Flight Global reported that Air Force pilots who previously operated the F-15C had begun the process of transitioning to the new Eagle II.

In March, the Air Force announced that airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 142nd Air Force Wing became the first pilots of the aircraft and gave it an undisputed “like”.

The 142nd Wing is to receive 18 Eagle IIs, and the first of they will arrive this summer.

Improved Eagle

Although the new F-15EX is said to be very similar to its C-model predecessor, pilots who have flown it say that it is a much more advanced fighter.

“My impression of the F-15EX after the first flight – it's an amazing, incredible aircraft,” said 123rd Fighter Squadron pilot Lt. Col. Joel “Thermo” Thesing. and avionics, as compared to the F-15C, are improved by a whole generation”.

Boeing, which acquired the F-15 from McDonnell Douglas, said the F-15EX will enable the rapid introduction of technologies that will keep the platform relevant for decades to come. This will be achieved through the Open Mission Systems Architecture, which includes Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS) capabilities, enabling the F-15EX to operate autonomously in isolation, but also connect to the global cloud.

< The p>Eagle II already has some advanced features that make it noticeably different from the original Eagle and even the F-15E Strike Eagle. They include the fly-by-wire flight control system — a digital system that replaces the manual flight controls used on older F-15 models.

“Some of the advantages of the fly-by-wire system include reducing weight and increasing the aircraft's maneuverability, but the system itself is quite different from what C-model pilots are familiar with,” — the Air Force explained.

Pilots undergoing F-15EX training at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, are already getting used to these differences.

“It's going to take a lot of training and practice initially to learn the basics of flying an airplane and learn its systems. It's a steep learning curve, and it doesn't end while you're a pilot,” Thesing added. “I'm looking forward to that moment.” , when we can shift our focus from how to operate the EX to how to use it tactically.”

The F-15EX Eagle II Cost Problem

The US Air Force estimates that the F-15EX Eagle II shares approximately 70% parts commonality with the current F-15C and F-15E Strike Eagle, which it will replace. In addition, original production lines are retained in St. Louis, and training facilities, maintenance depots and other infrastructure facilities can also be easily converted to service the F-15EX.

In addition, Boeing claims , that such a fighter will be easier to build and faster to put into operation, and this platform can be serviced on a par with the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II. However, the F-15EX — it's not quite the bargain PS was hoping for.

As Harrison Cass writes for The National Interest website, “the price of the F-15EX is steadily increasing, exceeding even the cost of the F-35. Initially, the cost of one aircraft was expected to be less than 80 million dollars, but by the fall of 2023 the price of the F-15EX has increased to 90 , and then — to $97 million. Inflation, staff turnover, and economic conditions were cited as the reasons.” then he will go on flights with PS pilots all over the world.

About the author

Peter Suchiu — journalist from Michigan. During his twenty-year journalistic career, he participated in the work of more than four dozen magazines, newspapers and websites, publishing more than 3,200 materials. He writes regularly on military technology, firearms history, cyber security, politics and international affairs. Peter has also contributed articles to Forbes and Clearance Jobs. You can follow him on Twitter: @PeterSuciu. Email the author at: Editor@nationalinterest.org.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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