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The US Air Force 'masculinizes' two entire squadrons of its F-15 heavy fighters

The Air Force plans to decommission two complete squadrons of heavy fighters for the air domination of the F-15C and F-15D models, and the number of fighters to be referred to "speculation" is 48 fighters from the "Eagles" squadrons, which is the oldest in the US Air Fleet.

Military Watch says that the F-15 fighters have been in service with the US Air Force since 1976, and their models manufactured during the Cold War have remained in service longer than planned due to problems in the program to replace it with the F-22 Raptor, which led This led to the cancellation of orders for 75 percent of the "Raptor" fighters.

Given that the F-22 fighter program witnessed a halt in production less than four years after its entry into service, as well as the failure of this type of fighter to become an effective alternative to the F-15, it is expected that the US Air Force will resort to replacing its fighters. The old version of the so-called Eagles in fiscal year 2022, with the new upgraded version of the "F-15", which is currently in production and is known as the F-15EX

The giant F-15C and F-15D fighters demonstrated an impressive level of performance and capabilities, even though only a small percentage of the Air Force's fleet were equipped and upgraded with advanced sensors and navigation. The American Journal notes that maintenance costs for long-lived models are increasing due to the weakening of their metal frames.

It is considered that this type of fighter is no longer worthy of competition, not only in the face of heavy war fighters, such as the Russian Su-30SM fighter, but also in the face of advanced light fighters such as the Chinese J-10 warplane, which Congress and other parties have warned that they It may outperform its air performance over the Eagles.

The US Army has nine squadrons of heavy F-15C and F-15D air control fighters in service, three of which are in the Air Force and six are in National Guard Aviation. Two squadrons of US Air Force F-15 fighters are stationed in Japan, while the third squadron is in Britain. The six squadrons of the National Guard Aviation are stationed on American soil.

And because Japan is the largest foreign country to have F-15 fighters, and it deploys nearly 200 F-15J fighters, which were manufactured under a special license, a copy whose specifications are close to the F-15C, this helped provide the highest levels of coordination and cooperation. Between the American and Japanese units in the air events and participation.

Military Watch expects Japan to replace most of its fleet of heavy F-15 Eagles with F-35 stealth fighters, which are lighter and cheaper than the F-22 heavyweight counterpart, and some US Eagles units are likely to be replaced by lighter fighters. by weight.

The National Guard Air Corps, in particular, has expressed a strong interest in purchasing the F-35 stealth fighter, which is produced on a larger scale than the F-15EX, and may be faster on delivery times.

The American Journal of Military Affairs notes that the F-15C and F-15D heavy air-control fighters that are still in service are likely to be replaced by the F-35 and F-15EX, and possibly also by the new model under development and production FX, which belongs to the US. Sixth generation fighters, stressing that this will depend on the number of F-X fighters that the Air Force will order to purchase.