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Technology F-15EX Takes Flight

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I'm kind of surprised that they aren't using the engines and thrust vectoring buckets from the F-22.
It won't fit. The F-15 is made for 118 cm diameter engines; the F-22's F119 engines are 120 cm. 2 cm doesn't sound like a huge difference, but it would require a complete redesign of the engine bays.

The F-15EX *does* use General Electric F110 engines rather than the inferior Pratt & Whitney F100s, which was previously prohibited on the F-15 for political reasons.
 

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Tooling was destroyed in 2009, so it is not possible to bring the F-22 back into production at any reasonable price.
The primary production tooling for the F-22 was placed in storage at the Sierra Army Depot. There was a bunch of concern that it had been destroyed in 2009 when it could not be located, but an official audit of the Depot has confirmed that the tooling is present and intact. It was simply not well-cataloged because that's a deep storage facility.

 

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Glad to see this thing moving along.

The EX isn't meant to replace anything except older F-15s, and act as a flying SAM battery for 22s/35s to sync their targetting data too.
 

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Yep, and the first operational F-15EX squadron will be converting to 2023. I'll try to get pictures for everyone.
 

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Im still disappointed that they call it the Eagle II instead of some cooler name... Oh well.

Raytheon actually tweeted out a news release of the cool features (old or new) of the F-15 EX.

It is still in the Eagle family. Unless they called it the Super Eagle
 

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Being a former USAF F-15 C/D avionics tech, in no way am I biased whatsoever when I say this warms my heart. :p
Now I see why you have your political views! You were USAF!

Chairforce....
US Army all the way! Hoorah!

but yeah, honestly. The F 15 is one of the best 4th gen fighters
 

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Now I see why you have your political views! You were USAF!
My mom was a Navy Brat, my dad was Air National Guard (logistics, mostly), and I've got family that's part of the Navy or were part of the Navy...

... and my granddad from my Mom's side was Navy (aviation tech if I remember right, also was on the 'toga when she was searching for Amelia Airheart, have the certificates to prove it) surprisingly enough.

With that out of the way...
Chairforce....
US Army all the way! Hoorah!

but yeah, honestly. The F 15 is one of the best 4th gen fighters
Easily in the Top Five, IMHO.
 

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My mom was a Navy Brat, my dad was Air National Guard (logistics, mostly), and I've got family that's part of the Navy or were part of the Navy...

... and my granddad from my Mom's side was Navy (aviation tech if I remember right, also was on the 'toga when she was searching for Amelia Airheart, have the certificates to prove it) surprisingly enough.

With that out of the way...

Easily in the Top Five, IMHO.
And it will stay better then most of our enemies
 

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The F-15EX will be taking part in the Northern Edge 21 Exercise, its first debut at a large scale military exercise.
Maybe we should see if a few of the Indo-Pac countries like the Phillipines, Thailand and Vietnam might be interested in EXs.

Maybe Canada too; their fleet isn't the youngest out there.
 

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Maybe we should see if a few of the Indo-Pac countries like the Phillipines, Thailand and Vietnam might be interested in EXs.

Maybe Canada too; their fleet isn't the youngest out there.
Boeing is already marketing and Israel is already heavily interested
 

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Given Israel's home-grown defence industry, I'm surprised they haven't got a program to develop their own jet going on -- even if it ends up being a heavily-modified derivative of a Western/American plane.
 

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Homegrown fighter plane development and production is expensive, They get fighters from USA at massive discount and their industry also takes part in upgrading these planes and that is enough. Their last fighter project was cancelled, basically because USA refused to co-finance it.
Aside from money, their defence research and development capabilities are limited (9 million population, with large percentage being useless in this regard) and spread across multiple fields (armour, ATGMs, SAMs, AAMs, electronics...), which means their aircraft industry would have to rely on technology transfers or imports, while also shortchanging some other fields of military development.
 
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