The United States Air Force is focusing on keeping its air superiority capabilities in the best form. The challenge at hand is, its fighter platforms aging rapidly without suitable replacements available for the force. On the other hand, foreign nations like China and Russia are quickly closing the technology gap.
To stay ahead of its rivals, the Congress has asked the air force to to explore the possibility of restarting the production line for the F-22, which came to halt in 2012 with 187 units produced. The Air Force originally wanted to buy the F-22 Raptor to replace their aging F-15 Eagles. With the buildup of economic pressure, it never became a reality.
Boeing sales pitch is that it has an affordable and more effective solution, which can be availed in the form of a major fleet-wide upgrade.
This upgrade is named as 2040C or Advanced F-15. It comes with technology from Boeing’s older Silent Eagle program and some new gadgets, which will be sufficient to give the USAF cutting edge it needs in these times.
Boeing just released this awesome video of Eagles with 2040C upgrades, which will give new lease on life to F-15Cs in the service. The upgrades include:
- Quad packs – fit onto standard under-wing and belly hardpoints (the F-15C has 11 combined)
- Doubling the Eagle’s current air-to-air loadout to 16 missiles
- Conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) similar to the FAST Packs used on F-15E Strike Eagles
- Talon HATE communications pod
- Raytheon’s AN/APG-63(V)3 active synthetically scanned array (AESA) radar
- Long-range infrared search and track (IRST) system
- Multifunction displays (MFDs) and gauges will be replaced entirely by a large area display (LAD)
Enjoy the video.