Boeing is quietly proposing a new version of the world-famous F-15 Eagle that combines an updated airframe with an unprecedented number of anti-air missiles. The F-15X would carry more than two dozen air-to-air missiles, more three times more than most fighter jets. According to DefenseOne, the Air Force is considering the proposal.
The F-15 Eagle was first introduced in 1972. Designed as an air superiority fighter, the F-15 was armed with four AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range infrared-guided missiles and four AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range radar-guided missiles. Over the years the F-15 has consistently carried the same number of missiles, today carrying four AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles and the AIM-7’s replacement, the AIM-120 AMRAAM. The F-15’s replacement, the F-22 Raptor, can carry four Sidewinders and six AMRAAMs, and the F-35 can carry four AMRAAMs.
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