I don’t normally like sourcing the Washington Examiner (it’s just this side of the National Enquirer), but I thought this was an interesting article.
It seems that the Air Force is looking at the F-15X, the single-seater replacement for the F-15E to augment the F-22 and the JSF. The major advantage is the infrastructure that the Air Force already has to support the Eagle, and that the infrastructure has literally been there since the 70s. It is a known quantity, but highly upgraded, incorporating all of the advancements of the F-15K (the Korean Eagle) crammed into a single-seat airframe.
The big problem is where it can operate. With no low-observable technology, it is going to be restricted to places where the airspace is relatively uncontested. The current and future SAM technology being developed by the Russians and Chinese will ostensibly eat the F-15X for breakfast. The F-15C can’t even operate in the battlespace today without massive ECM support, it would be a sitting duck.
What do you guys think of the Air Force’s idea?