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F-15E aircraft are now capable of carrying more smart bombs with JDAM kits

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The F-15E Strike Eagle fighter will perform additional tasks related to the transportation of ammunition intended for combat missions. This innovation is due to the fact that the F-16E aircraft are now able to carry more "smart" bombs with JDAM technology. This technology makes it possible to turn into "smart" those aerial bombs that were originally manufactured as free-fall bombs.


After transporting the bombs closer to the battlefield, they can be used by both the F-15E itself and the fifth-generation aircraft F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II.

According to the press service of the US Air Force, the 85th Squadron conducted tests on the transfer of bombs from the JDAM. They were supposed to confirm the concept of "flexible combat use", which aims to increase the Strike Eagle's carrying capacity. This aircraft is supposed to act as a "bomb carrier" and move fully assembled bombs, which can then be used by itself or transferred to other fighters.

The F-15E is currently capable of carrying a maximum of nine bombs with JDAM kits, but the success of the tests expands its carrying capacity to 15 such bombs.

- said the representative of the 85th squadron, Major Andrew Swenson.

The press service of the US Air Force noted that earlier C-130 transport aircraft were used to transport these ammunition. After the delivery of the bombs, they still had to be collected. This required an additional investment of time, which was especially valuable in conditions of intense hostilities.


GBU-38 / B JDAM is an adjustable ammunition weighing 450 kilograms.
Photos used:
https://ru.wikipedia.org/U.S. Air Force, https://twitter.com/DeptofDefense
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  1. rocket757
    rocket757 9 March 2021 11: 58
    +6
    So the F 16 and so not a weak aviation complex ... added loads / quantities of ammunition.
    Like, the old horse will not spoil the reins ... they do not make an unequivocal bet on the new technique, it is logical.
    1. figwam
      figwam 9 March 2021 12: 45
      -2
      Fighter F-15E Strike Eagle will perform additional tasks related to the transport of ammunition

      This is an enchanting nonsense!
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 9 March 2021 13: 09
        +5
        Quote: figvam
        This is an enchanting nonsense!

        His "job" is to deliver / transport "goodies" to the right place .... translation problems, well, no one bothered to check.
        1. figwam
          figwam 9 March 2021 15: 00
          +1
          Quote: rocket757
          his "job" is to deliver / transport "goodies" to the desired place

          For this there is a transport aircraft, and they will deliver bombs with a fighter!
          1. rocket757
            rocket757 9 March 2021 15: 27
            0
            And he "builds" faster and airfields is not necessary.
      2. Kaman
        Kaman 9 March 2021 18: 09
        -3


        F-15 is the best aircraft with potential for another 50 years
    2. Avior
      Avior 9 March 2021 13: 32
      +5
      error in the article, F-15, not F-16
      1. rocket757
        rocket757 9 March 2021 13: 48
        0
        They all noticed that they were in a hurry and did not check.
  2. NDR-791
    NDR-791 9 March 2021 12: 02
    +12
    Fighter F-16E Strike Eagle
    There is no such plane, there is a McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle
    And the F-16 is the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon
    Correct in the article
    1. Crash
      Crash 9 March 2021 12: 12
      +7
      When you are in a hurry to copy an article. [facepalm]
  3. Petio
    Petio 9 March 2021 12: 04
    +4
    GBU-38 weighs 230kg because it is based on MK-82.
    1. NDR-791
      NDR-791 9 March 2021 12: 31
      +3
      Quote: Petio
      GBU-38 weighs 230kg

      Judging by the article 220 kilos weighs a stray JDAM GBU-38 / B JDAM is an adjustable ammunition weighing 450 kilograms. wassat wassat wassat We come across masterpiece translations here
  4. OgnennyiKotik
    OgnennyiKotik 9 March 2021 12: 15
    +2
    The logic is this:
    The F-15 flight with other information security units bombed, then flew to some airfield, sat down, someone (the pilots apparently) removed the bombs from the cargo pylons, transferred them to the combat pylons and flew back to the mission. Still somewhere along the way, refueling.

    Don't you find this somewhat delusional?

    What does it look like:
    1. Blackmokona
      Blackmokona 9 March 2021 12: 26
      +1
      The logic is that it is possible to send ammunition together with undergrowth in the form of new aircraft.
      That is, the arrival of the squadron to replace the shot down and at the same time brought bombs.
      1. Intruder
        Intruder 9 March 2021 13: 51
        +2
        That is, the arrival of the squadron to replace the shot down and at the same time brought bombs.
        Damn, gloomy military logistics ... just some kind of combat "magic" !? wink laughing
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    2. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 9 March 2021 12: 37
      +5
      These are helper functions.
      As there are F-18 strikers and F-18 - tankers.
      Also an unusual function.
      The new Air Force Commander wants to split combat aviation into primary and auxiliary. "Old" planes: F-16, F-15 are displayed in auxiliary ones. The new F-22 and F-35 are the main ones. In secondary missions, use auxiliary missions, in the main missions, use the main ones. From savings on flight-to-flight services.
      In my opinion: it will not work. "Auxiliary" will be shot down, the pilots will die, a scandal will begin. The commander will receive a hat.
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 9 March 2021 12: 51
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        In my opinion: it will not work. "Auxiliary" will be shot down, the pilots will die, a scandal will begin. The commander will receive a hat.

        I agree. It can be seen that the new commander of the Air Force is retrograde. The tasks for the operational transportation of goods will be easily performed by the UAV. A manned plane is not needed here. The idea with a new 4,5 generation fighter is there. It makes sense to buy F-16s if they do not have time to produce the required number of F-35s and NGADs. Make a good upgrade with an open architecture of some Super Viper.
        The very idea of ​​increasing the F-15's ammunition is correct. In principle, you can add a wireless interface to the GBU-39 or pylons, then the problem with a limited number of pylons with the required interface will be solved.
      2. yehat2
        yehat2 9 March 2021 14: 05
        +2
        Quote: voyaka uh
        The new commander of the Air Force wants to split combat aviation into primary and auxiliary.

        such a division has always existed and depended not only on technology, but also on personnel
        the only question is that it would be an objective division, corresponding to the current situation, and not formal.
        if you take an example from the article, it seems to me that this is a temporary measure for a maximum of 6-9 months, otherwise the fighter looks too grotesque as a cargo plane.
      3. Kaman
        Kaman 9 March 2021 18: 12
        -1
        Warrior, why then does the US Air Force buy a new batch of a new version of the F-15 at a price higher than the F-35? To turn them into auxiliary planes?
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 9 March 2021 18: 21
          +1
          Quite right - auxiliary aircraft.
          Flying "weapon platforms" with a record 22 explosive rockets.
          External target designation will be provided by the F-35.
          This will allow the United States to prevent an overall reduction in combat squadrons.
          due to the write-off of old F-16 and F-15.
    3. yehat2
      yehat2 9 March 2021 13: 09
      +1
      Quote: OgnennyiKotik
      Don't you find this somewhat delusional?

      the f-35 is so much more expensive than the f-15e that it becomes cost-effective to run errands.
      delirium rather in incoming conditions
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 9 March 2021 15: 31
        +2
        At the purchase price, the F-35 is cheaper than the F-15.
        But the F-35 requires more technicians and more time for inter-flight maintenance.
        The F-15 has a huge EPR. They are visible very far away.
        And sending them forward against the stealth is suicidal.
        They will be detected in advance and lured into an ambush.
        1. yehat2
          yehat2 9 March 2021 16: 35
          +2
          Quote: voyaka uh
          And sending them forward against the stealth is suicidal.
          They will be detected in advance and lured into an ambush.

          First, the purchase price is a relative thing. Depends on the size of the series and the year.
          secondly - against what stealth? these are drums machines, and no one has these stealths
          even the USA is very limited in letting them into the sky.
          accordingly, it is not clear about the ambush - strike fighters have no pursuit tasks.
          Well, and the last thing - now the US army does not rely on direct presence, but on work outside the air defense zone, which in 90% of cases is possible and there is absolutely no difference - a noticeable vehicle or not. The main thing is to take the rocket and be able to launch it.
          In addition, if we talk about guided bombs, the altitude of the f-15e is noticeably better and it may suddenly turn out to be more suitable for bombing than the f-35.
          So I don't understand your point of view that a straight F-35 is much better.
          For me, the f-15ex may well turn out to be much more effective.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 9 March 2021 17: 40
            +1
            "yes and no one has these stealth" ///
            ----
            Is.
            China has three squadrons. Approximately 40 pieces.
            And the pace of release is increasing rapidly.
            And Russia already has one stealth.
            And there are three more in the assembly.
            1. Kaman
              Kaman 9 March 2021 18: 13
              -2
              Who decided that the SU-57 was stealth? Sorry to ask ...
              1. voyaka uh
                voyaka uh 9 March 2021 18: 17
                +1
                The Su-57 has minor stealth issues that could be improved.
                But compared to the Su-35, the RCS is about 10-15 times less.
          2. ironic
            ironic 9 March 2021 18: 23
            0
            The F-35A is better for inflicting surgical strikes, neutralizing air defense, combat at non-afterburner super cruise speeds. The F-15 is better for high-altitude interception, better for delivering maximum ammunition to the battlefield and at a greater distance.
    4. Avior
      Avior 9 March 2021 13: 35
      +3
      I think we are talking about the fact that the F-35 flies ahead in stealth mode with a minimum of ammunition in the internal compartments, conducts reconnaissance and transmits target designation to the next F-15, which strikes
      1. OgnennyiKotik
        OgnennyiKotik 9 March 2021 13: 49
        -1
        Not. It is 9 bombs that the F-15 can use and 6 bombs are just a load. This load must be transferred by handles to the combat pylons of the F-15 or other IS at the airfield.
        Here is more detailed:
        https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39553/f-15e-strike-eagles-may-have-yet-another-role-smart-bomb-transporter
        1. SovAr238A
          SovAr238A 9 March 2021 19: 38
          +1
          Quote: OgnennyiKotik
          Not. It is 9 bombs that the F-15 can use and 6 bombs are just a load. This load must be transferred by handles to the combat pylons of the F-15 or other IS at the airfield.
          Here is more detailed:
          https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/39553/f-15e-strike-eagles-may-have-yet-another-role-smart-bomb-transporter


          I think that the whole point is that some planes cannot land with suspended weapons at all, other planes partially ...
          For example, our carrier-based aircraft, which did not have the opportunity to land with a trick and were forced to drop missiles before landing.

          And the essence of the article is that the F-15 was modified to the level that it can now painlessly land with a full combat load. Which does not need to be thrown off before landing.
          1. OgnennyiKotik
            OgnennyiKotik 9 March 2021 20: 12
            -1
            On the other hand, it is not necessary to carry bombs, the same UAVs or missiles can be used. And as I wrote above, you can make a wireless interface.
            There is a problem that there is a limited number of wired interfaces on pylons, and a task on JDAM is set on them.
  5. Herman 4223
    Herman 4223 9 March 2021 12: 24
    +2
    Drive a fighter like a transport! ??? Is this either nonsense or what exactly is the benefit?
  6. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 9 March 2021 12: 30
    +2
    the plane will act as a "bomb carrier" and move fully assembled bombs, which can then use itself or transfer to other fighters
    Something completely confused. It is understandable to use it, but to transfer? Resets itself, while others produce guidance? Or he will pass from hand to hand in the air (just kidding).
  7. Hermit21
    Hermit21 9 March 2021 12: 45
    +4
    Only three JDAMs suspended on nodes on conformal fuel tanks cannot be used for targets.
  8. Intruder
    Intruder 9 March 2021 13: 49
    +2
    will perform additional tasks related to the transportation of ammunition intended for combat missions. This innovation is due to the fact that the F-16E aircraft are now able to carry more "smart" bombs with JDAM technology. This technology makes it possible to turn into "smart" those aerial bombs that were originally manufactured as free-fall bombs.
    or the author confused something, or .... this is a great secret, but how is the transportation of ammunition consistent with the IS strike functionality! ???? request
  9. Your stranger
    Your stranger 9 March 2021 13: 59
    -1
    Rapid response far from the bases, from the airfields existing there,
    For example Romania, Ukraine,
    I wonder if they will be able to transport missiles in the same way,
    Do not forget that we have already flown from Ukrainian airfields 15
  10. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 9 March 2021 14: 36
    0
    "The F-16E Strike Eagle fighter will perform additional tasks related to the transportation of ammunition intended for combat missions." - Russian is not a native language, what now ...
    "This aircraft is supposed to act as a 'bomb carrier' and move fully assembled bombs, which can then be used by itself or transferred to other fighters." - So I remember: "This gave, this gave ..."
  11. Outsider
    Outsider 9 March 2021 14: 40
    0
    eH -
    Quote: OgnennyiKotik
    The logic is this:
    The F-15 flight with other information security units bombed, then flew to some airfield, sat down, someone (the pilots apparently) removed the bombs from the cargo pylons, transferred them to the combat pylons and flew back to the mission. Still somewhere along the way, refueling.
    Don't you find this somewhat delusional?

    - It is delusional to assume that the F-15E and F-15EX have separate transport pylons and separate combat pylons. They are all fighting. The question is that the enemy's air defense can be so powerful that the F-15E / F-15EX itself will not be able to approach targets at the drop range. But these aircraft can deliver 20 (or 22) bombs each to field airfields ("jump airfields"), and there F-22, or F-35 take two such bombs and carry them to their targets, return, hang two more - and again to the goals ...