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Old 12-27-2018, 11:26 PM
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Default A 'New' F-15 or F-22 Raptor: A Big Mistake for the Air Force?

let's see what is posted about this news.. Seems the A.F. is looking to spend big time..


A 'New' F-15 or F-22 Raptor: A Big Mistake for the Air Force?

Dave Majumdar, The National Interest•December 25, 2018

"We are currently 80 percent fourth-gen aircraft and 20 percent fifth generation aircraft,” Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Defense News’ Valerie Insinna in a Sept. 5 interview. "In any of the fights that we have been asked to plan for, more fifth gen aircraft make a huge difference, and we think that getting to 50-50 means not buying new fourth gen aircraft, it means continuing to increase the fifth generation.”
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Default Re: A 'New' F-15 or F-22 Raptor: A Big Mistake for the Air Force?

I don't know much about military grade fighter planes. I guess no one else on here does either. I'd like to read a good discussion on it.
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Default Re: A 'New' F-15 or F-22 Raptor: A Big Mistake for the Air Force?

Knowing that restarting the F-22 production line would be costly and would not deliver the aircraft until mid to late 2020's, my guess is that the defense companies are already in development of newer 5th gen or even 6th gen aircraft at this point.

As far as producing more F-15's or F-16's for air superiority, that would be a waste of money. When the AF was doing testing of the F-22, they sent up 6 F-15's (the world's most dominant air superiority fighter of the time) in a simulated air combat mission and the F-22's dispatched the F-15's before they even knew the F-22 was there. So the calculus would be that 1 F-22 would be better than at least 6 F-15's.
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