For those on a budget and who want to stretch their interceptor dollars there’s the latest release from Boeing of a re-configured F-15 “Silent Eagle”.
Boeing Integrated Defense Systems unveiled Tuesday the F-15 Silent Eagle (F-15SE), a new F-15 configuration designed to meet the future needs of international customers… while also perhaps steering a few potential orders away from rival Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor and F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.”The F-15 Silent Eagle is designed to meet our international customers’ anticipated need for cost-effective stealth technologies.
Admittedly, I’ve crossed the line into military aviation (temporarily) but I can’t help it. We worked on the fix for the landing gear a number of years ago, so I have a personal interest. It was a retrofit for the main gear which didn’t always lock on extension- bad for a 20 ton jet. (This was before the longeron issue that could lead to in flight break up. ) All better now, and new and improved. Might make sense if you don’t have the coin to spare for the F-22 at $350M each. I’d gladly settle for an SR-22 though.