Goodbye F-15s, Hello F-16 Vipers: The Air National Guard Is Getting an Upgrade

Goodbye F-15s, Hello F-16 Vipers: The Air National Guard Is Getting an Upgrade

Dario Leone

Security, Americas

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kathryn R.C. Reaves)

Pretty cool.

However replacing the F-15C/Ds with some upgraded F-16s could not be a wise decision.

As reported by AirforceTimes, lawmakers at a House Armed Services readiness subcommittee hearing on Mar. 22, 2017 were told by Lt. Gen. Scott Rice, director of the Air National Guard (ANG), about plans to retire its 236 F-15C/Ds to save costs.

He added that the service plans to replace those retired aircraft with upgraded F-16s.

Maj. Gen. Scott West, the Air Force’s director of current operations and deputy chief of staff for operations, explained that retiring the Light Gray (as the F-15C/D fighter is dubbed by its aircrews) Eagles would maximize the use of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) limited resources and minimize the kind of air assets the branch would use to perform its mission.

Nothing has been said about a possible retirement of the F-15E Strike Eagle fighter bombers.

Currently the proposal plan to retire the aircraft calls for the F-15s phase out in 2020.

However replacing the F-15C/Ds with some upgraded F-16s could not be a wise decision.

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