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The McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle was first introduced to service 47 years ago. With its time in service already nearing five decades, one might wonder why the Eagle has remained relevant today.
For one, the twin-engine air superiority fighter has received several substantial upgrades that helped it “catch up” to its current competition. Moreover, the F-15 also benefits from its tried and tested weapons platform and aerodynamic design.
This gives the aircraft a sweet balance of maneuverability, speed, and payload capacity – all of which are still in high demand for fighters today. In addition, its advanced electronics, avionics, and sensors (which were considered to be the best during its introduction) have also received plenty of upgrades while retaining its proven airframe.
Not to mention, many of the Air Force’s F-15s still have over half of their planned service lives remaining!
With the right upgrades, there’s no doubt that the Eagle still remains a formidable opponent against the threats the US military expects to face in the future.