F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights

F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights during a simulated deployment.

“0 losses in 8 dogfights against F-15E Red Air”

F-15E Strike Eagles unable to shoot down the F-35s in 8 dogfights

A simulated deployment provided important feedbacks about the goal of demonstrating the F-35’s ability to “penetrate areas with developed air defenses, provide close air support to ground troops and be readily deployable to conflict theaters.”

Seven F-35s deployed from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to carry out a series of operational tests which involved local-based 4th Generation F-15E Strike Eagles belonging to the 366th Fighter Wing.

Related Link: Could an F-15 Strike Eagle Kill an F-35 Stealth Fighter in a Dogfight?

In a Q&A posted on the USAF website, Col. David Chace, the F-35 systems management office chief and lead for F-35 operational requirements at ACC, provided some insights about the activities carried out during the second simulated deployment to Mountain Home.

The following interesting chart accompanies the Q&A. It shows some stats about the deployment.

The fourth column shows something interesting: during the exercise, the F-35s were challenged by some F-15Es and suffered no losses.

Even though the graphic does not say whether the F-35s did shoot back at the F-15Es some analysts (noticing also the “pew pew pew” in the chart….) have suggested the JSFs achieved stunning 8:0 kill rate against the Strike Eagle.

Related Link: 4 F-22s and 4 F-15s ‘Killed’ 41 Fighters jets During Mock Combat

However, the “zero losses” may simply mean that the F-35s were able to complete their assigned strikes without being shot down by the aggressors of the Red Air: considered that the F-15Es were probably equipped with the AN/APG-82 AESA radar and the Sniper ATP (Advanced Targeting Pod), the fact that the Strike Eagles performing DCA (Defensive Counter Air) were not able to “find” and/or “engage” the almost-IOC F-35s can be considered a huge achievement for the pricey, troubled 5th generation multirole combat plane.

Actually, this is not the first time the F-35 proves itself able to fly unscathed through a fighter-defended area: not a single Lightning II was shot down during Green Flag 15-08, the first major exercise conducted, more or less one year ago, on the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, during which the F-35 flew as main CAS (Close Air Support) provider.

Article Source: Theaviationist.com

U.S. Air Force F-35A Lightning IIs and Japanese Air Self Defense Force F-15 Eagles fly in formation during bi-lateral training Dec. 4, 2017, over the Pacific Ocean. The F-35A is deployed under the U.S. Pacific Command’s Theater Security Package program, which has been in operation since 2004. This long-planned deployment demonstrates the continuing U.S. commitment to stability and security in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks)

Check Also

Why Countries Are Not Buying Swedish JAS 39 Gripen-E Jet Fighter Jets?

Why Countries Are Not Buying Swedish JAS 39 Gripen-E Jet Fighter Jets?

A Swedish Air Force pilot assigned to the 172nd Fighter Squadron performs a pre-flight inspection …

One comment

  1. Considering the minimal weaponry an F-35 can carry in full stealth, what’s the point? If you want to do substantial damage, the only way to that is in “beast mode”. But doing that just gives you a slow moving bomb truck that has zippo stealth.

    Besides, since the F-35 hasn’t yet taken on real world opponests, all this this is just speculation.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.