Saturday, July 21, 2018

Boeing Pitches 'F-15X' Fighter Concept to US Air Force

There may be a new-old fighter jet on the horizon for the U.S. Air Force.

DefenseOne reports that Boeing Co. is pitching a new version of the F-15 Eagle as the service defines its inventory mix of fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft.

Known as F-15X, the fighter would be equipped with better avionics and radars and would carry more than two dozen air-to-air missiles, DefenseOne said, citing unnamed officials with knowledge of the plans.

The strategy would mimic what Boeing did with its Block III F/A-18 Super Hornet: taking an old concept, but boosting the jet fleets to be more potent in current and future missions with a larger variety of weapons, extended range, advanced targeting and sensor systems, and better fuel efficiency, among other enhancements.
Story here. 

Kinda makes sense I guess.

It's obvious that the "missile truck" idea that we heard a bit about and then faded is still being tossed around the halls of AFHQ, and since they're about to shelve the B-1 (which was my favorite for this role...24 air to air missiles and Mach speed long range!) the only other contender was the F-15 (unless they pulled out the crank wing F-16...longshot at best...).

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