posted on Mar, 22 2017 @ 07:26 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
Yeah I thought it was a bit odd to go through the time and expense of moving the Viper line and all the training/retraining of staff in Sth Carolina
for a line that is soon defunct without additional orders. So either they got a big order from an international customer(s) in the hundreds needed to
justify such a move (not overly likely). Or there is an imminent domestic order about to be announced.
Given the new build cost difference between a Block 60/70 Viper and a nominal "G" model F-15 I cant see additional air superiority variant Eagles
being a good business case without a very large buy. So a mix of economical to upgrade Eagles and new build F-16's is probably where the
USAF/ANG/Reserve is headed.
The only other possibility is a so far undisclosed new airframe, but then why move the F-16 line instead of just shutting it down at the completion of
the current order book?
Something is definitely afoot.