USAF is heavily considering new F-16s!

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Unread post23 Jan 2021, 18:13

Have you heard the rumors yet? :cheers: ...

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https://militarywatchmagazine.com/artic ... d-for-2023
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Unread post23 Jan 2021, 20:44

Best rumor so far in 2021 :)
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Unread post24 Jan 2021, 22:19

I suppose Congress can easily stick in eight of these a year into the annual defense bill. Folks in South Carolina will be happy. I am not sure whether saving sustainment costs makes investing in new F-16s a great decision.
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Unread post25 Jan 2021, 07:02

I doubt the USAF/ANG will get all of the planned 144+ F-15EX's. Let alone more F-16's...Actually, the current push is for more F-35's!
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Unread post26 Jan 2021, 18:58

Corsair1963 wrote:I doubt the USAF/ANG will get all of the planned 144+ F-15EX's. Let alone more F-16's...Actually, the current push is for more F-35's!
Definitely not all but they'll get a fair sized chunk. Kingsley and Portland will for sure get the EXs unless TPTB say otherwise. That leaves Barnes, NOLA, & Fresno, all of which could get either the EX or the F-35. But I'd bet a shiny new nickel they'll get the new Eagles, too. That'll still leave plenty for the active duty side. I have been known to be wrong tho. :wink:

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your ... 35-f-15ex/

This is just me but the only reason USAF would need more new-built Vipers is to replace those older air frames in units slated for F-35 conversion but not scheduled until later in the decade.
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Unread post27 Jan 2021, 05:45

There are ~934 F-16s in active duty + reserves with only 3 programmed retirements in FY 2021. The SLEP option allows for up to 841 airframes of which only up to 300 have been taken up.

If its just a decade, why not SLEP rather than a newbuild? Wonder what's changed (SLEP capacity?). If the USAF does buy new F-16s, there'll be a background story worth reading.

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