$$ F-35 $$ is TOO Expensive - USAF might buy F-15's or F-16's

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    F-35 Too Expensive: US Air Force Might Buy 72 New F-15 or F-16 Fighter Jets

    By Franz-Stefan Gady

    The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not be produced in sufficient numbers to maintain the U.S. Air Force’s current operational capabilities due to budgetary constraints, according to Aerospace Daily & Defense Report. As a result the service is considering filling the capabilities gap with 72 Boeing F-15s, Lockheed-Martin F-16’s, or even Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornets.

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    The article mentioned that the F-15's and F-16's are expected to serve until 2045. This is unbelievable. I don't understand how the F-35 costs got out of control. How are other countries 5th generation fighter programs going? Did we make a mistake and go into 5th gen fighters to quickly? Maybe we should have went for a 4.5 gen aircraft and then buy less F-35's
     
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    Wasn't there a semi-stealth version of the F-15 called "F-15 Silent Eagle"?
     
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    Yes, but USAF decided not to buy any. I think Israel is interested in them right now as a stop-gap solution to deal with the new Iranian S-300s before their F-35Is arrive in solid numbers.
     
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    According to Flightglobal the USAF has denied all reports of further F-15 purchases as a stopgap prior to the induction of the F-35:

    The US Air Force has denied any plans to purchase another tranche of Lockheed Martin F-16 or Boeing F-15 combat jets following reports it could seek bids for up to 72 new aircraft.

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    Also according to Flightglobal, Israel is requesting such an airframe:

    A report from Flightglobal.com states that Israel is requesting a batch of F-15s as part of a compensation program for the U.S. making a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. According to the report, not just any F-15 was requested, but the F-15SE Silent Eagle.

    That said, nothing has been decided nor has the US Congress approved such a move, so this is idle speculation until it's proven true or false.

    The air-frame was offered to South Korea, but was rejected in favor of the F-35.
     
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