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The variance between what was promised, and what we HAVE at this point in the project, is huge.
The F-15 is a proven airframe that works.
The F-35... it works, sometimes, except when it doesn't...
and the premise that it will replace the A-10 as a Close Air Support platform is a joke.
Lastly, regardless of what the propaganda,
put skilled F-15 pilots up against skilled F-35 pilots in a match up, and I would put my money on the F-15s.
In practice the F-15 is doing more heavy lifting.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: tadaman
a reply to: Masisoar
They're going to Guard units for the National Air Defense mission primarily. You won't see them carrying anywhere near their max loadout on routine missions, as there's no need for that many, even when intercepting Russian aircraft. The current F-15s, at minimum, need new longerons. They're going to need a new wing soon, before you can do any serious upgrades, such as activating the 1 and 9 stations. The longeron replacement is at least $1M per shipset. The new wing would be a big chunk of budget, depending on how many aircraft you keep in inventory.