posted on Oct, 2 2006 @ 05:28 AM
Boeing is offering an enhanced version of the F-15E to fill in any gaps left by the delaying of F-35 production. It does not feature canards or TVC
like some of the sci fi heads on here would like to see but it does offer Boeing the opportunity to keep building F-15's beyond of production for
Slated for introduction on the new model are a JHMS for the pilot and a new, unspecified AESA set plus advanced weapons capability including LJDAM,
HSSW and Brimstone (which I didn't know the US used) carried on 19 weapons stations. An advanced IRST (PIRATE??) is also part of the package. The
USAF reaction however is said to be 'lukewarm' with Gen Michael Mosely of the USAF reported to have responded to the proposal with "I like the
F-22, F-22 and F-22, they are my top three priorities". Boeings Dick Banholzer responded "We expected him to say that."
I guess thats a 'wait and see' then.