Dick Banholzer, Boeing’s director of business development for USAF fighter, bomber, and weapons programs, is still shopping around a upgraded F-15E+ for the Air Force, despite the Air Force’s insistence that only a fifth generation fighter force will do. “Currently, it’s not on the Air Force’s list,” Banholzer admitted during a Tuesday briefing at AFA’s Air & Space conference in Washington. But, ordering more “Super Eagles” in the event of a delay on the Joint Strike Fighter may be economical—coming in at approximately $59 million a pop. Leveraging an experienced production line along with new electronic warfare capabilities and improved sensor suites, the F-15E+ would effectively be a “fourth generation plus” aircraft that would be ideal for follow-on threat environments such as operating in Iraq or Afghanistan, said Banholzer. “We’re trying to counter the perception that this is an old airplane,” he explained, adding, “This is not your dad’s Oldsmobile.”
May 23, 2022
The Department of the Air Force announced the retirements of several key leaders within the Air Force and Space Force on May 23, while also unveiling more than a dozen new assignments for current or future one-star generals.