The range reduces the need for tanker support, the volume of weapons is quite a bit higher than Shornets and the production line is hot And churning out airframes as we speak. For the life of me I cannot understand why the USAF would cancel or reduce the order…that is a head scratcher when they go on an on about pacific distances and the age of the F15 fleets.From what I understand the new technology going into it and the new materials make it cheaper. However Frank Kendall, the SECAF wants the USAF to cancel the program. This looks like the same stupidity that happened with the F-22 in 2012. The USAF need the numbers to replace its old F-15C/D fleet and these can be built and entered into service quicker than the F-35. Now its about quantity because the USAF is short of modern capable fast jet aircraft.
The Air Force is looking to reduce the size of its F-15EX buy to the point that it is likely to be more trouble than it's worth.www.thedrive.com
I really like the aircraft and for nations like Australia or NZ it makes a great maritime strike capability.