An F-15E Strike Eagle flew for the first time with a new, high-speed computer July 8 at Eglin AFB, Fla. The use of the Advanced Display Core Processor II, which is based on commercial technology, in Boeing’s F-15 mission system provides multi-core processing capabilities and enables advanced system integration, augmented fault-tolerance, and enhanced system stability and aircrew survivability, according to an 88th Air Base Wing release. It “allows pilots to prosecute targets with ironclad precision and sets the foundation for future growth,” said Lt. Col. Michael Casey, the chief of the F-15 avionics branch at the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, according to the release. The processing capacity will also allow for future capabilities, including the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System, long-range infrared search-and-track capability, high-speed radar communications, and new software. (See also: Building a Family of Systems.)
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.