Warplanes: F-35 Delays Mean More Money For F-15s

Archives


January 26, 2013: With continued delays in the arrival of the F-35 fighter, the U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $6 billion to upgrade and refurbish its F-15s. Most of this money is going into upgrades for its 220 F-15E fighter bombers. Between 2008 and 2017, some $3 billion will be spent on the F-15Es, mainly for new electronics.

Most of the remaining money is being spent on 400 older F-15s, some of which have flown over 10,000 hour so far. The F-15 was originally designed to last only 8,000 hours. But since it was introduced over 30 years ago, there have been many improvements to the air frame and the air force is hoping to get 18,000 hours out of most of the older F-15s.

 


X

beggar Help Keep Us Online!
 

Yep, we have been forced to beg for your support. We want our readers to have a good experience while they are here. We avoid video ads and populating the pages with more than three ads unlike other sites, but this has a consequence for us -- lower revenues. We are bringing in a third of the revenue we brought in just a few years ago. We are not quite homeless yet, but we need your support to keep going. There are three ways you can help:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..

Drake appreciates any help you can give him.

Subscribe   Contribute   Close