US Air Force Retires 119 F-15E Aircraft Due to ‘Financial Constraints’
General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, when asked during a briefing session of the Senate Armed Services Committee recently stated that the decision to retire the 119 F-15E aircraft was made to achieve a "balance in capability and capacity."
(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) – The United States Air Force plans to “retire” 119 of its fourth generation F-15E fighter aircraft by the year 2028, leaving the world’s major power with only 99 of these fighter aircraft that can still be deployed for missions worldwide.
At present, the United States Air Force has 218 F-15 fighter aircraft with an average age exceeding 30 years.
Of the 99 aircraft to be retained, they are equipped with the newer Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 engines, while the 119 F-15E aircraft to be retired by 2028 are equipped with the older Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 engines.
General Charles Q. Brown, Jr., Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, when asked during a briefing session of the Senate Armed Services Committee recently stated that the decision to retire the 119 F-15E aircraft was made to achieve a “balance in capability and capacity.”
Brown noted that the United States Air Force had to make difficult decisions due to critical financial constraints.
The United States Air Force has chosen to retain 99 F-15E aircraft equipped with more powerful and newer engines and is committed to enhancing their capabilities continuously.
Savings resulting from the retirement of the 119 F-15E aircraft will be used to upgrade the remaining 99 F-15E aircraft with the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) technology.
EPAWSS technology was developed by BAE Systems, providing maximum situational awareness to its users, enabling aircraft pilots to detect, identify, and respond quickly to threats in their vicinity.
Previously, the United States Air Force also phased out the older F-15C/D fighter aircraft, which were older than the 119 F-15E variant aircraft scheduled for retirement by 2028.
The F-15C/D variants introduced in the 1970s will be retired from service next year. The United States Air Force introduced the F-15E variant approximately 10 years after the F-15C/D variants entered service.
To meet the operational needs of the United States Air Force, it will acquire approximately 100 F-15EX Eagle II fighter aircraft, which are more modern and represent the latest and most advanced variants of the fighter aircraft.
The F-15EX Eagle II variant is also equipped with EPAWSS.
The United States Air Force will receive 24 of the F-15EX Eagle II fighter aircraft in the 2024 fiscal year, with the remaining aircraft to be delivered in the following years. — DSA
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