via Flight Global...
Boeing has unveiled an up-gunned version of its supersonic F-15C air superiority jet designed to keep the aging fleet operationally relevant through 2040.Interesting isn't it.
Called 2040C, the upgrade package includes “quad pack” munitions racks designed to double the aircraft’s air-to-air missile payload to 16 and conformal fuel tanks for extended-range flights.
For communications, Boeing is naturally offering “Talon HATE” – the air force’s programme of record for connecting the F-15 with Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor.
In terms of survivability, Boeing’s package includes Raytheon’s APG-63(v)3 active synthetically scanned array (AESA) radar and a long-range infrared search and track (IRST) sensor for “first sight, first shot, first kill” air-to-air combat.
Many complain about defense corporations fleecing the public, but we're silent when the come up to solutions that could actually help the nation win the next war.
We all know the issues with the F-35. Can't climb, can't run, can't run. To add to the misery it can't carry a decent missile load.
The F-15 2040C can.
If the USAF gets serious about maintaining air superiority and winning the air war then it appears Boeing is ready to help make it happen.