F-15 & F-16 SLEP Details - Air Force Mag

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Unread post09 Aug 2017, 14:41

This Air Force Magazine article on F-15C and F-16 life extensions is detailed. 300 F-16s will have their life extended for sure as part of a small business set aside contract. Ideally all 300 would get AESA radars although that is not funded yet. F-15C life extensions are more speculative and the air superiority Eagle may have to be pulled out of service entirely. A lot of the Eagle upgrades are being procured for the F-15E and could also be applied to the F-15C if the single role model is kept. There are also comments about the ability of pilot training to absorb new F-35s.

http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArch ... k_SLEP.pdf


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Unread post09 Aug 2017, 17:08

"Boeing is still conducting a durability test on the F-15. The fleet is at about the 10,000-hour mark..."

Wow, rather sobering statistic-


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Unread post05 May 2018, 01:04

First of 300 SLEP F-16s roll out, fittingly thunderbird first.

http://www.afmc.af.mil/News/Article-Dis ... ense-taxp/

$2.4m an aircraft that enables 12k hrs or more. This dovetails with the revised schedule of F-35A induction which will stretch into the 2040s.

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