sprstdlyscottsmn wrote:By my model (and I have a fairly high confidence in this model) an F-15SA with 14 AMRAAMS and two AIM-9Xs with CFT only has a top aerodynamic speed of ~1.59M. With 60% fuel, it would take 54s to reach Mach 1.2 from 0.8 at 30,000ft and using 1,280lb of fuel to do it. It would have 3 minutes of AB time remaining under these conditions before nominal BINGO (3* reserve remaining).

Weighing in at 60,580lb, it has a Wing Loading of 99.6, and Lift Loading of 60.8, a remaining Fuel Fraction of 0.22, and an excess thrust to weight at 0.85M@36,000ft of 0.18. That T/W correlates to a 10 deg climb or an acceleration of 3.4kt/sec or 0.006M/sec. There is a lot of power in two F100-GE-129s.

Very impressive, so top speed of a fully loaded F-15X is only slightly slower than F-35 and transonic acceleration is 15% faster than F-35A. In short, F-15 can shorten the distance between 2 aircraft when they are both accelerating, but once they reach top speedthe distance getting bigger and bigger because F-35 is faster. How long can F-35 fly with AB in that case? Will it goes bingo before or after F-15X?

If the F-35 open fire first from 60 km away with 12 CUDA, then turn back and run away, assuming F-15X can intercept all missiles with its MSDN, can it close in 60 km separation distance between the two while both fighters are accelerating?