posted on Mar, 8 2013 @ 02:54 PM
reply to post by zonetripper2065
No, no they really aren't. Over 25% of the total US F-16 fleet has either had to be grounded, or is currently limited due to bulkhead and wing
cracks. Something like 18% of the early blocks have wing cracks, and the older blocks have aft bulkhead cracks.
The F-15 is in worse shape. They're planning to use them until 2025 or so, but they're currently limited in top speed, limited in the number of Gs
they can pull, and have other issues with them.
That's without getting into kinematic performance. A British think tank did a simulation involving the Su-35, against the F-15C, Rafale, Typhoon,
and F-22. The Rafale managed to achieve a 1:1 kill rate, the Typhoon a 4.5:1 kill rate, the Raptor 10:1, and the F-15C was at a dismal 1:1.3 (they
lost 1.3 F-15s for every Su-35 they killed).
The Super Hornet isn't exactly a stellar performer in the A2A theater, but it's better than that, and doesn't have the issues that the F-15 and
F-16 are going to encounter. The most effective F-16 on the market currently is Dubai's Block 60 Desert Falcon (more advanced than even the USAF).
Even though those are amazingly advanced and impressive as hell, the design itself is old, and you can only do so much with an old design against