CX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4492 posts, RR: 5 Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1452 times:
With the recent South Korean order, the F-15E/K line will be open for quite a few more years to come. What is the likelihood that the U.S.A.F. will order some additional airframes? I know that Israel order the F-16I, but does that mean they will stick with only 1 squadron of F-15Is? Also, I recently read that Boeing is offering the F-15S to Singapore as an A-4 replacement. Is this true and if so, what type of chance does it have?
"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
LY744 From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 5536 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1418 times:
"does that mean they will stick with only 1 squadron of F-15Is?"
Most likely. They sure love them Strike Eagles, but they are just too expensive, quantity cannot be discarded all together, that's why the IDF/AF went for the F-16I (they could get about 150-200% airframes for the same amount of money).
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3182 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1437 times:
It all depends on the attrition rates if the war goes ahead next weekend like many people predict. During the last (second) gulf war, the F-15E was rushed into service, and 2 were lost. If things do not go so well this time around, the USAF may also put in a top-up order in the near future for attrition.