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  • F-35 Still Loses Dogfights Against Cold War-Era F-15C Eagles in Exercises.

    The EM [Energy Manoeuvrability] of the F-35A is substantially inferior to the F-15C variant with F100-PW-220s [engines], due to a smaller wing, similar weight, and ~15,000 lbs less in afterburner thrust. In addition to its thrust deficiency, the F-35’s acceleration is hampered by a relatively wide, heavy, high-drag fuselage and its turn performance suffers from comparatively small wings. This creates the highest wing loading (weight per square foot of wing) of any contemporary fighter, significant because the higher that measure, the poorer the plane’s manoeuvrability.

  • F-35 Still Loses Dogfights Against Cold War-Era F-15C Eagles in Exercises.

    Here is a new report that the F-15s from Kadena, Japan, have beaten the F-35A in dogfights.

    As the F-35 can't beat the F-16 Fighting Falcon it's suppose to replace in a dogfight. The F-35s dogfighting against the F-15 jets still sometimes lose in a mock dogfight, during the DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training).

    This is a second time the F-35 has lost in a WVR (Within Visual Range) engagement against the F-15. The F-35 will hopelessly be useless and outclassed by the Russian/Chinese 4th, 4.5 and 4++ Generation fighters, let alone 5th Generation fighters.

    This confirms that the F-35 has serious air combat deficiencies - http://www.pogo.org/straus/issues/weapons/2015/leaked-f-35-report-confirms-deficiencies.html

    This just goes to show you that the F-35 is certainly not an air superiority fighter and remained at a distinct energy disadvantage for every engagement. Totally incapable!!!

  • Canada certainly needs an alternative to the failed F-35A Just So Failed (JSF).

    If Israel has proposed a deal to purchase additional new built Boeing F-15 Advanced Eagles, why isn't Canada pushing for the same thing?

    Buying “new legacy” 4++ Generation fighters are still FAR more cost-effective, a design proven and combat proven as the price per aircraft is FAR cheaper than the F-35, while offering FAR more lethality and survivability than the F-35.

    How the F-35 has fallen desperately short, and bottom line in the long term you don't feel safe.

  • Canada certainly needs an alternative to the failed F-35A Just So Failed (JSF).

    If Israel has proposed a deal to purchase additional new built Boeing F-15 Advanced Eagles, why isn't Canada pushing for the same thing?

    Buying “new legacy” 4++ Generation fighters are still FAR more cost-effective, a design proven and combat proven as the price per aircraft is FAR cheaper than the F-35, while offering FAR more lethality and survivability than the F-35.

    How the F-35 has fallen desperately short, and bottom line in the long term you don't feel safe.

  • Canada certainly needs an alternative to the failed F-35A Just So Failed (JSF).

    If Israel has proposed a deal to acquire new built F-15 Advanced Eagles, why isn't Canada pushing for the same thing?

    Acquiring "new legacy" 4++ Generation fighter are still FAR more cost effective, a design proven and combat proven as the price per aircraft is FAR cheaper than the F-35, while offering FAR more lethality and survivability than the F-35.

    How the F-35 has fallen desperately short, and the bottom line in the long term you don't feel safe.

  • Canada certainly needs an alternative to the failed F-35A Just So Failed (JSF).

    If Israel has proposed a deal to acquire new built F-15 Advanced Eagles, why isn't Canada pushing for the same thing?

    Acquiring "new legacy" 4++ Generation fighter are still FAR more cost effective, a design proven and combat proven as the price per aircraft is FAR cheaper than the F-35, while offering FAR more lethality and survivability than the F-35.

    How the F-35 has fallen desperately short, and the bottom line in the long term you don't feel safe.

  • Canada certainly needs an alternative to the failed F-35A Just So Failed (JSF).

    If Israel has proposed a deal to acquire new built F-15 Advanced Eagles, why isn't Canada pushing for the same thing?

    Acquiring "new legacy" 4++ Generation fighter are still FAR more cost effective, a design proven and combat proven as the price per aircraft is FAR cheaper than the F-35, while offering FAR more lethality and survivability than the F-35.

    How the F-35 has fallen desperately short, and the bottom line in the long term you don't feel safe.

  • Absolutely the best option to meet Canadian needs!

    With the a less than favorable climate between Canada and Boing as of late any sort of aircraft deal is more than unlikely...
    However all one has to do is to look at the last time a true fighter aircraft competion/evaluation was made by Canadians, to meet the unique needs of the vast terrories and harsh climate of Canada was 50 years ago when the decision was made to build the Arrow. Many to this day feel that the CF-105 would still best meet our needs a inteceptor/fighter...And yes the F-15 is very expensive but no matter who the manufacturer the only fighter aircraft built in the last 30 years that meets these requirements is the f-15 period.

  • Absolutely the best option to meet Canadian needs!

    With the a less than favorable climate between Canada and Boing as of late any sort of aircraft deal is more than unlikely...
    However all one has to do is to look at the last time a true fighter aircraft competion/evaluation was made by Canadians, to meet the unique needs of the vast terrories and harsh climate of Canada was 50 years ago when the decision was made to build the Arrow. Many to this day feel that the CF-105 would still best meet our needs a inteceptor/fighter...And yes the F-15 is very expensive but no matter who the manufacturer the only fighter aircraft built in the last 30 years that meets these requirements is the f-15 period.

  • New wings on Qatar F-15s pave upgrade path for USAF and other international customers.

    A Qatari order for the F-15QA Advanced Eagle will introduce a new structural upgrade for the wing that could be offered as a service life extension option for the US Air Force’s F-15C/Ds and for the fleets of other international customers, a top Boeing manager says.

    The government of Qatar awarded Boeing a $6.2 billion contract for 36 F-15QA (Qatari Advanced) fighters in late December that extends the St. Louis-based production line through the end of 2022.

    The F-15QA introduces a number of previously-announced features, including an advanced cockpit system with a large format display, says Steve Parker, Boeing’s vice-president of F-15 programmes.

    In an interview with FlightGlobal on 22nd February, Parker also confirmed the F-15QA also will be delivered with a redesigned wing that strengthens the internal structure without changing the aerodynamics,. The redesign was made possible by using advanced new manufacturing techniques developed within Boeing in the last few years, he adds.

    As the F-15QA enters development, Boeing sees opportunities to replace the wings on existing F-15Cs, if the USAF decides to keep the twin-engine fighter in service for more than two more decades.
    Over the past two years, the USAF has discussed options for keeping a subset of the F-15C/D fleet in service through the mid- to late-2040s.

    Those aircraft would require a longeron replacement with a $1 million cost per shipset, Parker says. Some Air Force officials also are discussing options to keep the F-15C/Ds in service even longer, which could require a wing replacement, Parker says.

    The additional life extension is currently “not required, but it my be something they want to do”” Parker says. “We’re just giving them some options.”

    Other customers, including the Japan Air Self-Defence Force, also may consider structural upgrades to keep their F-15s in service beyond planned retirement dates, Parker says.

    Boeing showed off other possible upgrades for the 45-year-old F-15 fleet in a virtual reality display set up inside the exhibit hall of the Air Warfare Symposium on 22-23 February. The digital imagery included a concept for a “conformal technology pod”. It would replace the conformal fuel tank with a pod that can carry advanced sensors, such as a side-looking synthetic aperture radar. Boeing also showed images of an F-15 adorned with the “Amber” multiple ejector rack, allowing the fighter to carry up to 16 air-to-air missiles.

    Those proposed new upgrades come after a multi-year revitalisation of F-15 capabilities, including a new mission computer, electronic-scan radar, a new electronic warfare suite, fly-by-wire flight controls, newly-activated weapon stations and the more powerful GE Aviation F110-GE-129 engines.

    “We’re just taking the F-15 through a metamorphosis,” Parker says.
    Moreover, plans to win new orders for the F-15. Qatar ordered 36, but is approved by the US Congress to order up to 72, Parker says.

    “It’s not dead by a long shot,” he adds. “It’s got a bright future ahead.”

  • Still too expensive and not needed.

    You don't need stealth for Canada's missions. Arctic and air patrols do not need stealth or BVR. No Canadian is going to shoot down an unidentified aircraft over Gander without visually identifying it. Even overseas... Missions are rarely first strike and almost never against first world countries. These planes are now $100M+. Far better to get several less expensive, non-stealthy Super Hornets. Take the extra $20B dollars and pay down the deficit or spend it on things Canada's military needs -- transport aircraft, transport ships, etc.

  • Canada Doesn't Need an F-15 Silent Eagle

    In reality, Canada doesn't necessarily need an F-15 Silent Eagle. The cost of this aircraft would be astronomically high, and the country doesn't have any particular use for it. Canada has better uses for its money and shouldn't be making such unnecessary purchases when its own economy could use some help.

  • I think the RCAF shouldn't buy the F-15 Silent Eagle

    In this day and age, conventional warfare is becoming redundant. Unless Canada becomes a war mongering state, then there is little to no need for an upgrade in aircraft. Aircraft costs are rising higher as the research and development for them takes longer. Canada has little to gain from buying F-15 Silent Eagles, it could be better spent in infrastructure, medical research and renewable energies. America dumps billions into military research, why should Canada? It is okay to buy maybe 1 or 2 of these for research, but why should Canada buy a fleet? What is going to attack Canada from the air which cannot be engaged by fourth generation aircraft?

  • Super Hornet is a cost effective aircraft to meet Canada,s needs

    -interdiction aircraft are important but improved drone capabilities will likely emerge over the next decade that will circumvent stealth requirements
    - The option for a Growler suite to complement the Super Hornets can offer more cost effective ecm and tracking. This can contribute effectively to NATO responsibilities
    - Dual engine reliability for Canadian conditions in a proven rugged airframe
    - Cost savings can be put to better use on future aircraft R and D as new technologies emerge. $70m Super Hornet vs F15 or f 35 $120m USD price tag steep with the anticipation of these changes


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