Why Russia Still Hates the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle

Why Russia Still Hates the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle

Dario Leone

Security, Europe


She can still fight with the best jets in the world.

What makes the F-15C uniquely suited for the Baltic Air Policing mission is its capability to detect, acquire, track and intercept opposing aircraft while operating in friendly or rival-controlled air space.

With the U.S. Air Force (USAF) assuming the lead of NATO‘s forty-fifth rotation of air policing operations, and the fifth rotation for the U.S., the instrument of peace for America since Sept. 2008 has remained the same; the F-15C Eagle.

The Eagle is a combat proven, tactical fighter designed to permit the USAF to gain and maintain air superiority over the battlefield. As told by Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew, 48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs, in the article Eagles safeguard Baltic sovereignty, the F-15C can outperform and outfight any current opposing aircraft, giving NATO the strategic access critical to meet Article 5 commitments and to respond to threats against its Allies and partners.

“Big picture, we’re ensuring our strategic partnership with our Baltic allies by protecting the sovereign skies above the Baltic states,” said USAF Lt. Col. Clint Guenther, 493rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron detachment commander. “Our contingent is on alert twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to ensure we are fulfilling that commitment.”

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