posted on Nov, 13 2015 @ 11:49 AM
a reply to: Barnalby
The SE is not a stealth aircraft. Like a Super Hornet it has design changes intended to decrease its radar return, but they're fundamentally limited
by the internal geometry which is why 5th Gen aircraft have a substantial advantage: They were designed from the very start knowing that stealth
features were a primary requirement. The F-15SE is like any other 4++ Gen aircraft, no different from a Su-35. They will fare better than their older
brethren, but the fact is that in order to deal with modern air defenses stealth is a need. If you try to fly into zones protected by an S-300 site (a
very real possibility in Syria) you are really going to wish you had a stealth aircraft to do it with.
Keep in mind that the F-35 is not a strike aicraft: it is multirole. It's a strike aircraft for the US, who have the F22 to deal with air threats.
But, it can do air superiority, and it can do strike. Will it be the best in the world at either of those? Well, no, it won't. but it will be better
than the SE. If you are running a SE, you are only doing missions that do not require stealth. Somebody else will have had to kick in the door,
because you will be seen and shot down in a protected zone. If you are running the F-35, you can fly with a lot more confidence. The F-15 is great for
areas which have already had their defenses shredded and air superiority established. But if you have to go up against more modern aircraft or air
defenses, the F-15 will not be able to do either of those things by itself without taking losses.