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The first heavily armed F-15EX fighter entered service with the US Air Force

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The first heavily armed F-15EX fighter entered service with the US Air Force

The first heavily armed fighter, the F-15EX Advanced Eagle, entered service with the US Air Force and will take part in the test program. According to Defense News, the second F-15EX from the first batch will be delivered in April this year, after which there will be no more deliveries until fiscal year 2023 (from October 1, 2022).


Thus, the US Air Force received the first fighter from the first batch of F-15EX, which will include eight aircraft. As previously reported, the first two fighters will be received this spring, the remaining six in 2023. All eight aircraft will be deployed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where they will take part in tests.

Deliveries of serial F-15EX aircraft should begin in the 2023 fiscal year, in total, according to an open-ended contract, the US Air Force will receive 144 (according to other sources - 200) newest fighters.


It is clarified that the F-15EX is not purchased to replace the F-35A, but to replace the already outdated fleet of the F-15C / D in service and as a carrier of a hypersonic weapons... In the future, it is planned to purchase 18-24 fighters annually.

It differs from previous versions of the F-15EX with modern avionics based on the concept of a "digital highway" and the architecture of Open Mission Systems (OMS), including the Raytheon AN / APG-82 series radar with AFAR. The F-15EX is said to be capable of carrying up to 22 air-to-air guided missiles or "hypersonic weapons up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 7000 pounds." The fighter will only be delivered as a two-seater.
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  1. Jacket in stock
    Jacket in stock 12 March 2021 13: 02
    +5
    Super duper bomb carrier.
    Eh, our Su-30 and Su-34 would also be modernized. At the same time, I would unify.
    1. figwam
      figwam 12 March 2021 13: 13
      -12%
      The first heavily armed F-15EX fighter

      Forward to the past generation!
      1. spectr
        spectr 14 March 2021 09: 34
        0
        The story goes that Intel had to roll back to pentium-m for the core line to appear.
    2. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 12 March 2021 13: 13
      0
      And one instead of two to do
    3. Object.F7
      Object.F7 12 March 2021 22: 57
      -1
      I think the Su-30 will never like it if, after such a "modernization", its engines with a controlled thrust vector, thanks to which Indian pilots smash NATO during exercises, are taken away from it. A pedigree situation when a "newest fighter" is presented in 2021, which still does not have UHT, super-maneuverability, and anti-missile maneuvers
      1. ironic
        ironic 13 March 2021 02: 50
        0
        UHT does not give any special anti-missile maneuver. Its main task is prohibitive angles of attack at low speeds. And to the speeds of 0.8-0.9M, it practically does not add anything to the capabilities of the aircraft. The Americans built the F-15 with thrust vectoring and additional front wings. Tested and discarded as unnecessary.
        1. Object.F7
          Object.F7 13 March 2021 04: 51
          +2
          And who told you that anti-missile maneuvers cannot be performed at low speeds. Why was this "unnecessary" given to the best American fighter F-22 for today? Although there the UHT is not full-fledged, but only in the vertical plane. Just like the needle in your photo. The Hindus use their Su-30s to smash rivals during the exercises, including at the expense of the UHT. Today, super-maneuverability is limited only by the person on board, and in the unmanned future this will be an even more important factor.
          1. ironic
            ironic 14 March 2021 18: 30
            -1
            Because there will be no battles on them, with rare exceptions. Frontal battles will go from transonic to super cruise speeds at no boost. At speeds of 0.5-0.6M, no one will allow cobras to be thrown at 110 degrees. The F-22 variable vector is also mainly for deep subsonic and mainly due to narrow nozzles. On a non-afterburner super cruise, he practically doesn't need it either. Hindus in general smash everyone and not only on exercises, didn't you know? From when there appear non-pilots capable of withstanding 1.2G at speeds of at least 15M, then we will return to this dispute. In the meantime, all super-maneuverability comes down to prohibitive angles of attack at very low speeds.
            1. Object.F7
              Object.F7 16 March 2021 17: 13
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              Echelon, relief, if the task is to cuddle to the ground in order to hide from radars, any situations and meetings are possible at all. At the ground, the aerodynamic drag is maximum due to the density of the air, the speed suffers and suddenly you can fly, as in the shows of world air shows. I saw how the F-22 made the Frolov chakra, it needs zero roll accuracy, so the deflected nozzles are only vertically, this is not a problem for this maneuver. I'm not surprised at all that in close combat, the raptors will tear any other American fighter, the needles are lit even from Soviet Su-27s without a deflected thrust vector, this is Ukrainian information after joint exercises with the Americans a couple of years ago
              1. ironic
                ironic 16 March 2021 18: 38
                0
                This is for the 4th generation fighter basically the task of going to the ground, which means losing speed, for the 5th it is not. This is not the case for European 4 ++, because they are all with super cruise engine modes up to 1.2M and even up to 1.4M. The Raptor confidently reaches 1.5M in super cruise, and after accelerating at high altitude, it can support up to 1.8M without afterburner. Well, why does he need variable vectors at such speeds? Airplanes without super cruise mode generally cannot maintain such speed without afterburner. The maximum for the Su-35C is 1.1M and only at low altitude. For the same F-35A, acceleration without afterburner from 0.8M to 1.2M is his strong point and he will not get off of it in battle. While in front of him someone at a speed of 0.5M will write a rise in a coup, he will quickly accelerate and an angle of attack of 50 degrees is enough for him to aim the weapon and that's it, allayavbar. And to hide from the radar on a super cruise, he needs to start from a distance of 30-40, maximum 50 km, which is not available to the plane of the 4th.
                Has Ukrainian information won someone in a real battle? Whom, if they smash Needles to the right and to the left? I remember how, during a joint training exercise, one Ukrainian colonel pushed so hard that there was one less Su-27. The fight is not demonstration performances of equilibrist pilots.
                1. Object.F7
                  Object.F7 16 March 2021 20: 09
                  0
                  Where does the confidence come from that the Ukrainian colonel, and not the American, forced the force? You don't have to be a detective to suspect just a "trainee" who has mishandled a bird that is new to him, which he had never controlled before.
                  The fight can take place in a thousand scenarios, and you have a kind of sterile comfortable situation.
                  Well, the cruising F-35 to 1.2 is an obvious fake, it has a cruiser of 850 km / h. What were you guided by when the F-35, with its 13 non-afterburning tons of thrust, drew a speed higher than the Su-35 with its 17,5 tons of thrust in two engines.
                  1. ironic
                    ironic 16 March 2021 20: 24
                    0
                    Probably because they buried a Ukrainian, not an American. Don't confuse cruising and super-cool. The F-35A is capable of flying about 1.2 km on a 350M super cruise. The statement of the head of Likhid has not been read by anyone. Inconvenient for yelling, I understand. Therefore, the "obvious fake". wink lol There is no sterile situation in battle. Anyone who has clear advantages of certain performance characteristics tries to impose their use on the enemy in battle. This is logical. What was my motivation? The fact that the F-35A has a super cruise, but the Su-35C does not, according to the relevant statements of the respective manufacturers. By the way, Gripen also has a 1.2M super cruise, with its engine thrust, and with four rockets on external suspensions, not even on the internal ones, like the F-35A. wink
                    1. Object.F7
                      Object.F7 16 March 2021 20: 46
                      +1
                      This is who uryakl is clearly visible now) Americans like to overestimate the performance characteristics for advertising purposes, it's so convenient to calculate for the F-35 the climb to the ceiling in order to get the maximum full energy, and then imagine a flight of 300 km in a gentle dive as a full-fledged non-afterburner supersonic, uryakals like this kind of advertising. Picked up with a bang, although in open sources in black and white - cruising 850 km / h. Super cruise is a cruising supersonic sound, since Sukhoi may not have it at 1.1m, what did you write about above?
                      1. ironic
                        ironic 16 March 2021 21: 04
                        -1
                        You probably know better than Lockheed, why don't you work at Lockheed? What do they not take? I thought so. Did the wizard tell you this from a blue helicopter in a dream? Gave an Eskimo? Eat. It's time for you to wake up and find out that the added supersonic sound is counted from 1.25M, so the supercruise of Grippen and the F-35A is considered near-supersonic. It's time for you to also find out that the cruising speed of the F-22 is subsonic, and super-cruising without acceleration on afterburner up to 1.5M, with acceleration up to 1.8M. And the description of the cruising speed of 850 km / h exists on the wiki by a strange coincidence only in Russian and for some reason is absent in English. wink
                      2. Object.F7
                        Object.F7 17 March 2021 11: 39
                        0
                        This is darkness) you can't even understand where the figure in "300 km at supersonic" came from ... The altitude is over, there is nothing more to exchange for speed, then the land is dear and it's time to align the pitch, the trick is over, applause in the circus is attached
                      3. ironic
                        ironic 17 March 2021 18: 27
                        0
                        This is your darkness in a dream after a blue helicopter. The F-22 is capable of passing on a super cruise 1.5M> 500 km, the F-35A on a super cruise 1.2M ~ 240 miles, according to Director Lockheed, including at low altitude. And your dreams are the gloom replicated by uryaks in very specific corners of the Runet. You do not even reach the level of the circus with these nonsense, for they are not funny, but so dreary and monotonous.
                      4. Object.F7
                        Object.F7 17 March 2021 20: 18
                        0
                        1,2M is the maximum speed of the raptor at the ground, do you understand what is the maximum? This means afterburner at a powerful twin-engine raptor 2 * 15900. Director Lockheed flies at such a speed at low altitude without afterburner on one engine of 13k tons of thrust, it's just wow, what else can I say. Here, rather, it's not even a matter of the director, but of the translators and cheerful listeners.
                      5. ironic
                        ironic 17 March 2021 21: 07
                        0
                        This is the maximum speed of the Su-35 1.1M at the ground and there is no super cruise at all, and for the F-35A 1.2M it is the speed of the super cruise. Tell Saab how their Gripen-E has the same super cruise speed, and even with 4 missiles on the outside, with an engine thrust just over two-thirds of the 35. Continue to communicate with the wizard from the blue helicopter, who will show you a movie and give you popsicles, you believe in Cheburashkas.

                        PS Oh, I forgot, tell Raphael how he has ~ 15% more than the F-35A with the combined thrust of two engines, a 1.4M super cruise with 6 missiles on the outside. 6th !!! Charles!!!
                      6. Object.F7
                        Object.F7 19 March 2021 19: 21
                        0
                        Like the Helicopter Wizard who turned the French Rafale into the Israeli Rafael, who previously claimed that supersonic starts at 1.2M (although it starts at 1.0M at the ground, which is ~ 1200 km / h), who previously claimed that the F-35 is in no afterburner mode at the ground flies 1.2M (like the maximum speed of the F-22 at the ground). Try not to generate pearls over and over again, but start thinking critically why the "super cruise" for the F-35 is limited in distance, where the additional energy comes from for this section ... And why this energy ends.
                        The low thrust of the Gripen engine is compensated for by the very low weight of the aircraft, a decent thrust-to-weight ratio is obtained, with small dimensions, midsection and, as a consequence, good aerodynamic quality. The Swede is among the supercruisers, along with Rafal, Eurofighter, Su-35 and the current record holder F-22. But the F-35 cannot, you have to come up with tricks with a gentle dive, but with such cheats, many aircraft can be written into the league of non-afterburning supersonic. Only horizontal flight and further acceleration after breaking the sound barrier matters
                      7. ironic
                        ironic 21 March 2021 16: 02
                        0
                        I described myself, this nit-picking will not help you. As well as the lie that I asserted about supersonic will not help, because the lie, as well as not knowing that the full-fledged supersonic starts from 1.25M. All these malsimals in Russian translations, which for some reason do not appear in English? Not surprising. Super cruise is limited in distance for both the F-35 and F-22 due to higher fuel consumption, which is well detailed in English, but you probably don't read it. Yes, Gripen is almost twice as light, well, and the engine is more than twice as saber in thrust. Thrust / weight are the same on average. So go by. But the Su-35 has no super cruise capability at all, only reaching 1.1M at low altitude, and this is not a super cruise. So in your case, everything can be characterized by the old adage of the Soviet teachers - I did not know and even forgot. 240 miles of gentle dive is nonsense, which only a magician in a blue helicopter can bring such Cheburashkas as you can.
                      8. Object.F7
                        Object.F7 23 March 2021 06: 24
                        0
                        240 miles of a gentle dive for someone may be nonsense if you have no idea what the earth looks like from 16 km, but even an ordinary schoolchild of average abilities could draw the abscissa and ordinates on a piece of paper, and calculate the flight range from 16 km altitude at dive angle of a couple of degrees. You don't even need to take into account the curvature of the earth, which would have helped, and without it it will be enough with a large margin. But for uryakalok like you, a simple mathematical calculation is "nonsense", which is not surprising in general, given all of the above.
                      9. Object.F7
                        Object.F7 23 March 2021 07: 03
                        0
                        With a dive angle of one and a half degrees, even a practical ceiling of 16 km is enough, but if you want you can jump higher.
                      10. ironic
                        ironic 24 March 2021 01: 24
                        0
                        Did Director Lockheed tell you that they calculated the super cruise like that?
                    2. ironic
                      ironic 24 March 2021 01: 24
                      0
                      Even a schoolboy is able to see in this lengthy reasoning, ordinary spherical horses in a vacuum, to the F-35A supercruise, having the same attitude as divers to the Caucasus mountains. Discussing your beliefs is not fun.
  • Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 13 March 2021 09: 46
    +1
    OBT gives a lot. Both during landing and during takeoff and during flight with one turbojet engine. They just made in the Russian Federation the optimal nozzle and control algorithms, which made it possible to switch to the AL-41 production, where the nozzle is integrated into the turbojet engine. In Al-31 and RD-33 - the nozzle is a separate unit. The Americans do the same.
  • Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 13 March 2021 09: 43
    0
    In the Russian Federation there are no such turbojet engines .... there is only Al41 .... they are by default with OVT. How will the Su34 be remotorized ...?
  • Zaurbek
    Zaurbek 12 March 2021 13: 12
    +2
    Interestingly, F15EX will surpass our Su35S in quantity?
  • Alexander Nevsky_4
    Alexander Nevsky_4 12 March 2021 13: 16
    +7
    The F-15EX is said to be capable of carrying up to 22 air-to-air missiles.

    Probably like this

    maybe so
  • Francini Caldeno
    Francini Caldeno 12 March 2021 13: 17
    -14%
    A good summer man, there will be nothing seditious if Russia orders a dozen of these for itself, and in return Biden lifts sanctions from the Russian Federation.
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 12 March 2021 13: 45
      +8
      Quote: Francini Caldeno
      A good summer man, there will be nothing seditious if Russia orders a dozen of these for itself, and in return Biden lifts sanctions from the Russian Federation.

      yourself, order it in 404, although ... they will still beat you drunk ...
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        1. Dude
          Dude 12 March 2021 16: 27
          +6
          It is immediately clear that you are an enemy of the people and do not want to help our country.

          Your I think nothing will help the country. And it is not a country at all. A dozen temporarily occupied Russian provinces.
      2. 3danimal
        3danimal 26 March 2021 10: 24
        0
        Don't watch Sunday Solovyov.
  • APASUS
    APASUS 12 March 2021 13: 17
    -2
    It is clarified that the F-15EX is being purchased not to replace the F-35A, but to replace the already outdated fleet of the F-15C / D in service.

    Outdated fighters are replaced not with 5th generation aircraft, but with modernized 4, and why would that be?
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    2. Charik
      Charik 12 March 2021 14: 32
      -2
      There is no one like that and it is not expected
    3. Your stranger
      Your stranger 12 March 2021 14: 34
      +1
      To adjust the rating to the topvar on patriotic comments,
      But seriously, f 35 in the internal compartments will not fit 22 cc missiles or large hypersonic missiles
    4. ironic
      ironic 13 March 2021 02: 33
      -1
      The corresponding project is not ready, and the F-22 was stopped without producing the required quantity. This is an intermediate solution.
    5. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 13 March 2021 09: 47
      0
      Conclusion F15 (old versions) do not have time to replace the F-35 ...... so they change a single F-15EX for shock and air defense missions. Therefore, he is a 2-seater.
    6. Steen
      Steen 13 March 2021 18: 49
      0
      Why they are replacing, perhaps they are just going to build up. And the 5th generation is produced non-stop. As of March 1.03.2021, 620, more than 35 f-1200s were produced, more than 10000 pilots and more than 27 ITS specialists were trained. And this whole armada is based on XNUMX airfields. To be honest, this is massive.
      1. 3danimal
        3danimal 26 March 2021 10: 36
        +1
        An important point: the myth of the “extreme low maneuverability of the F-35 is collapsing:
        it turns out that he makes a Cobra, turns at a speed of 45 deg / s, (135 in 3s) versus 36 deg / s for the Su-27, the turn with the help of the keel (pedals) also performs faster.

        https://youtu.be/MJLoW1ClNE0

        It turns out that of the planes without OBT, only Rafal and Eurofighter can compete with him in “ratefight”.
  • Cowbra
    Cowbra 12 March 2021 13: 18
    -2
    It is clarified that the F-15EX is being purchased not to replace the F-35A, but to replace the already outdated F-15C / D fleet in service and as a carrier of hypersonic weapons.

    The food is fresh and it is hard to get rid of it. At first, the F-35 was supposed to replace everything in general, except for strategists - even attack aircraft. Now F-15, F-16, F-18 are being purchased ... They are extending the resource of A-10 ... They are even buying screw propellers, but mind you - you are not instead of F-35! laughing
    And here it is even better - the F-15 is ideally suited for hypersonic missiles. I swear by my mother! Well, that these missiles do not exist, and it is not known what they will be, and whether they will be at all ... These are insignificant trifles, the main thing is that the fighter is already adapted!
    They shouldn't have legalized cannabis in the USA
    1. Francini Caldeno
      Francini Caldeno 12 March 2021 13: 41
      -1
      The food is fresh and it is hard to get rid of it. At first, the F-35 had to replace everything in general, except for strategists - even attack aircraft. Now F-15, F-16, F-18 are being purchased ... The resource of A-10 is being extended ... They are even buying screw propellers, but mind you - not instead of F-35 that you are! laughing

      The F-15 with new avionics is not inferior to the F-35, it has its own advantages, it has long been noticed that the modernization potential of the 4+ is very great.

      And here it is even better - the F-15 is ideally suited for hypersonic missiles. I swear by my mom

      Well, the F-35 should stuff these missiles into its belly? Otherwise, its meaning disappears.
    2. ironic
      ironic 13 March 2021 02: 39
      0
      I shouldn't have changed the F-15 or the F-18 Superhornet, but for some reason VO like to replicate this nonsense. The extension of the service life of A-10 is due to the fact that they do not have time to replace them, and turboprop due to the fact that many new tasks turned out to be tasks in low-intensity conflicts. Although it seems to me that the creation of appropriate UAVs would be more productive.
      The Russian Federation does not yet have hypersonic missiles either, but the Su-57 does.
  • Niko
    Niko 12 March 2021 13: 25
    +1
    And the old version was a good workhorse, with modern equipment and capabilities, a very good option for investing money.
    1. MMX
      MMX 12 March 2021 18: 06
      0
      Here are those on those. The whole world enthusiastically accepts the 5th generation, and here the 4th is turned back in the ass request
      And where, in the homeland of the 5th generation! In business ...
      1. Postum
        Postum 12 March 2021 21: 06
        0
        The 4th generation here is only a glider, the inner tube is all no worse than that of the 5th and even better in comparison with the same F-22, which is a little outdated
  • Sancho_SP
    Sancho_SP 12 March 2021 13: 28
    +3
    But this is the case. If they will work en masse where, then these and the hornets.
  • Ros 56
    Ros 56 12 March 2021 14: 15
    +2
    And this one will take off, well, very heavily armed, and what speed and maneuverability will it have with so many suspensions?
    1. Dude
      Dude 12 March 2021 16: 38
      +3
      Quote: Ros 56
      And this one will take off, well, very heavily armed, and what speed and maneuverability will it have with so many suspensions?

      Indeed, it should look truly monstrous. In addition to speed and maneuverability with such a load, the combat radius also raises questions. Well, and EPR, more, to the heap ...
  • Cucumbers
    Cucumbers 12 March 2021 14: 55
    -1
    They are leaving the single-engine circuit, and so much praised. F - 35 ..G ... turned out to be
    1. Postum
      Postum 12 March 2021 21: 07
      0
      You say you don't know how to read, the text clearly says to replace the obsolete F-15C / D. 35 was planned to replace the F-16
    2. ironic
      ironic 13 March 2021 02: 40
      +1
      Didn't turn out to be. It turned out to be just right for replacing the F-16, not the F-15.
  • Adimius38
    Adimius38 12 March 2021 17: 59
    -1
    an excellent workhorse, and with a good upgrade, a very formidable opponent. And the fact that their economy allows them to rivet them in the right amount and on time is a great advantage.