F-15EX

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Unread post07 Apr 2021, 21:50

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The U.S. Air Force’s latest fighter jet, the Boeing F-15EX, has officially been named Eagle II, in a ceremony that took place today at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The event, which also saw a relatively low-key official rollout of the first of these jets, serial number 20-0001, played very much on the illustrious legacy of the fighter with the Air Force, and the choice of name, which is bound to disappoint some, is no doubt intended to draw upon the type’s unrivaled post-war combat record.
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The newly named F-15EX will now continue its test program at Eglin, prior to service entry in an operational capacity. A second test jet, serial 20-0002, is in the final stages of production, with delivery to the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron also planned for this month. The 40th Flight Test Squadron and the 85th Test and Evaluation squadron will conduct developmental and operational testing simultaneously. Another four more jets are set to be handed over to the Air Force by the end of Fiscal Year 2023, if not before.

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Unread post08 Apr 2021, 02:15

I suppose there are worse names e.g B-eagle. Also good to have a new name. Not many want to be reminded of their EX.
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Unread post08 Apr 2021, 04:44

Pratt & Whitney Submits Proposal to Power Boeing F-15EX with F100-PW-229 Engine

Pratt & Whitney is proud to have submitted proposal to power the U.S. Air Force F-15EX with the trusted F100-PW-229 engine for Lots 2-9 of the procurement schedule. The F100 engine has powered every operational F-15 in the U.S. Air Force fleet since its first flight in 1972, and the company look forward to powering this legendary fighter for decades to come. The F100-PW-229’s power, performance, and reliability will enable the F-15EX to conduct the U.S. Air Force’s most critical missions here and abroad. With more than 28 million hours flown by 23 nations, the F100 has proven itself an invaluable asset for customers around the world, and extensive sustainment network at U.S Air Force F-15 bases worldwide.

The F100 (company designation JTF22) is an afterburning turbofan engine manufactured by Pratt & Whitney that powers the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. The F100-PW-229 achieves the objective of increasing engine depot maintenance interval from 4,300 to 6,000 total accumulated cycles (TACs), effectively extending the typical depot interval from 7 to 10 years and provides a 30 percent life-cycle cost reduction over the life of the engine. The latest configuration is especially important to the end user in increasing the depot maintenance interval and reducing operating cost of F-15 and F-16 fleets. The current configuration of the F100-PW-229 engine is suitable for new USAF fighter applications, such as the F-15EX.

In 2018, the U.S. Air Force and Boeing discussed a proposed F-15X, a single-seat variant based on the F-15QA intended to replace the USAF’s F-15C/Ds. Improvements includes the AMBER weapons rack to carry up to 22 air-to-air missiles, infrared search and track, advanced avionics and electronics warfare equipment, AESA radar, and revised structure with a service life of 20,000 hours. In the FY 2020 budget, the United States Department of Defense requested US$1.1 billion to procure eight F-15EXs of a total planned procurement of 144 F-15EXs. The USAF opted for the F-15EX to maintain fighter numbers after the premature termination of F-22 production, its aging F-15C fleet, and F-35 delays.

Although it is not expected to be survivable against modern air defenses by 2028, the F-15EX could perform homeland and airbase defense, no-fly zone enforcement against limited or no air defense systems, and deploying standoff munitions. In July 2020, the U.S. Defense Department ordered eight fighters over three years for $1.2 billion. In August 2020, the Air Force announced plans to replace the Air National Guard’s aging F-15Cs in Florida and Oregon with F-15EXs. The F-15EX took its maiden flight on 2 February 2021. The first F-15EX was delivered to the USAF on 10 March 2021, and was flown to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida for further testing


https://militaryleak.com/2021/04/08/pra ... 29-engine/
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Unread post09 Apr 2021, 20:26

Why the Eagle II and not just "Eagle"? I mean it is after all it is just a continuation and improved version of an existing design. It isn't an all new fighter. The F-35 Lighting II name makes sense, as it recycles the use of a name given to an historical aircraft we once used. There's no need to call the F-15EX "Eagle II". It is just Eagle. It always has been. And that is what it always will be.
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 00:40

I'm with Fox1. The new Eagle should be just called "Eagle". I'm referring to it personally as: F-15F "Eagle" from now on, the new F-15EX.
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 02:07

Hehehe, I like the Super Eagle. Then like I call the F/A-18E/F the SHornet I can call the F-15F the SEagle.
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 02:50

The Hornet and Super Hornet don't share the same airframe. Yet, the Eagle and Eagle II do......


In short the name Eagle II is purely marketing.......(PR)
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 11:50

jetblast16 wrote:I'm with Fox1. The new Eagle should be just called "Eagle". I'm referring to it personally as: F-15F "Eagle" from now on, the new F-15EX.


Even F-15FX would have been better marketing.
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 19:30

Haven't heard from anyone yet that likes this name. Hard to believe USAF blew it this bad.

I'm calling it the Super Eagle, and hope the warfighters do too. Can't wait to see it in full up airshow mode, hopefully flying with a representative air to air loadout. That instantaneous turn the unpainted EX prototype is damn impressive, considering it's got CFT's on it. I'd love to see whether or not it can impress like the SH demo with 6 AMRAAM's I think it is, and 2 sidewinders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G45xVV6 ... bbyAirshow
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 19:30

Haven't heard from anyone yet that likes this name. Hard to believe USAF blew it this bad.

I'm calling it the Super Eagle, and hope the warfighters do too. Can't wait to see it in full up airshow mode, hopefully flying with a representative air to air loadout. That instantaneous turn the unpainted EX prototype is damn impressive, considering it's got CFT's on it. I'd love to see whether or not it can impress like the SH demo with 6 AMRAAM's I think it is, and 2 sidewinders.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G45xVV6 ... bbyAirshow
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 20:32

A lot of us don't like the "Eagle 2" name, me included. So I tried to put myself on the shoes of the USAF committee who names these things and find out what kind of justifications they may have. Here are some plausible reasons.

Step 1. Forget what other countries have, other countries can call their airplanes whatever they want. S.Korea allowed their F-15Es to carry AGM-84, locally produced some of the parts under license and presto "Slam Eagle".... who are we kidding its a Strike Eagle with tweaks.
Israel named their tweaked F-15E, Ra'am so theres that too.

Step 2, when you consider only the airplanes in US service, you could change the name when there is a massive difference in capabilities

We had no problem when they called the F-15E, strike eagles despite having the same airframe as the F-15B
F-16V is officially nicked named Viper not Fighting Falcon because its a leap from regular USAF F-16s.

The F-15EX is also a giant leap in capabilities against the regular USAF F-15s so it can get away with a new name.
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Unread post12 Apr 2021, 23:27

zero-one wrote:A lot of us don't like the "Eagle 2" name, me included. So I tried to put myself on the shoes of the USAF committee who names these things and find out what kind of justifications they may have. Here are some plausible reasons.

Step 1. Forget what other countries have, other countries can call their airplanes whatever they want. S.Korea allowed their F-15Es to carry AGM-84, locally produced some of the parts under license and presto "Slam Eagle".... who are we kidding its a Strike Eagle with tweaks.
Israel named their tweaked F-15E, Ra'am so theres that too.

Step 2, when you consider only the airplanes in US service, you could change the name when there is a massive difference in capabilities

We had no problem when they called the F-15E, strike eagles despite having the same airframe as the F-15B
F-16V is officially nicked named Viper not Fighting Falcon because its a leap from regular USAF F-16s.

The F-15EX is also a giant leap in capabilities against the regular USAF F-15s so it can get away with a new name.


You could say the F-14D was a giant leap in capability over the F-14A. So, should they have changed the name of the former to F-14D Super Tomcat???
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Unread post13 Apr 2021, 07:08

Corsair1963 wrote:
You could say the F-14D was a giant leap in capability over the F-14A. So, should they have changed the name of the former to F-14D Super Tomcat???


I thought they did. If you go to the F-14D's wiki article, its refered to as Super Tomcat. Not to be confused with the "Super Tomcat 21" proposed alternative to the NATF program
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Unread post13 Apr 2021, 15:27

I don't think the Navy every ordained the F-14D the Super Tomcat, thought that term is used elsewhere.

The Smithsonian only refers to its static display as the F-14D(R) Tomcat, not Super Tomcat.
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