they actually used...
(not that they used those aircraft for their air frames - they merely used them to lug around pulse doppler radars at subsonic speed to simulate different opponents; they operated alongside USMC aggressor F/A-18E)
L-159E aren't trainers, they're single-seaters built for air-to-ground and air-to-air missions (although to my knowledge the AMRAAMs intended for the BVR air-to-air role were never integrated).
Last edited by kato; 10 Mar 17, at 17:27.
the RAAF JSF's were held over on lightning issues only because they are early blocks and have not had the mods done
it references E3's - all battlespace management by air was tasked to the RAAF E7 Wedgetail - E3's were not tasked to do any of it
the last sentence is a bit disingenuine - the red threat this year was the most complex ever fielded - far greater and stronger and far more heavily weighted against blue team than any other red flag conducted to date
The Israelis are nervous about the US approving the sale of 72 F-15QA fighters to Qatar and to a lesser degree the sale of F-18s to Kuwait.
Israel wants more high end fighters quickly, and even with Lockheed set to quadruple the speed of F-35 production, every aircraft to come off the line for the next several years is already spoken for. Israel didn't commit to enough F-35s early on, so now any additional orders they place will go to the back of the line and arrive too late to balance out Qatar's increased air power.
Without the ability to snap up a bunch of new F-35s quickly, the next best option to go head to head with Qatari F-15s, are additional Israeli F-15s.
"The genius of you Americans is that you make no clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing." - Gamal Abdel Nasser
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