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They need a low end (which the F-15 is now) aircraft, that is versatile and relatively cheap compared to the 5th gen in flyaway costs and MRO / cost per flight hour.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: anzha
They're demanding full details of the B-52 engine program as well.
The Air Force has said it will utilize its Section 804 Authorities Middle Tier Acquisition law authority, which includes new practices that streamline the process and push decisions down to program officers, to expedite new engines for the aircraft, known throughout the force as the BUFF, or "Big Ugly Fat Fellow."
"We're concerned that … by utilizing that authority, they're not doing their due diligence with regard to the requirements," said a committee staff member, referencing an early draft of the House Armed Services Committee defense bill.
Congress first authorized the practice in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.www.military.com...
Interesting article and it does bring up a number of factors that are not traditionally looked at like base upgrade costs if you replace the F-15C's with 35's etc.
originally posted by: glib2
Long read but goes over some courses of action and explains costs.
The optimal solution may include a mix of F-15EX and F-35A to replace the F-15C. This involves starting F-15EX procurement immediately to address F-15C readiness concerns and assess the viability of transitioning some, but not all, F-15C squadrons to the F-35A. If the assessment is positive, the Air Force could begin the 3–5-year transition cycle to build infrastructure supporting the F-35A and cross-train personnel at selected bases. Additional F-15EX and F-35A aircraft would then be purchased between 2025–2029 to complete the divestment of the aging F-15C fleet. While this will result in high procurement costs, the Air Force will return on its investment close to 2040 by divesting the F-15C and its high annual operating cost. The F-15EX will provide superior firepower and magazine capacity to complement the advantages of stealth provided by the F-35A and F-22. This option spreads procurement costs over several budget cycles, addresses readiness and capacity concerns, provides increased capability, allows time for F-35A basing to establish required infrastructure, and lowers annual operating costs by getting rid of 40-year-old fighters.warontherocks.com...
The Administration objects to section 123, which
would designate the F-15EX as a major subprogram of the F-15. The designation as a major
subprogram would needlessly delay the fielding of the F-15EX by an estimated two years while
providing only marginal decision-making value to the Milestone Decision Authority given the F15EX high level of technology readiness. The delays would exacerbate capacity issues within the
tactical aircraft portfolio, prevent the execution of key nonrecurring engineering and manufacturing
activities, and require operating the less capable F-15C/D longer with its significant structural
issues and high cost. The Administration objects to the proposed limitation on procuring only two
F-15EX prototypes, and requests full funding for the first eight F-15EX aircraft.