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48th Fighter Wing’s New Heritage F-15E Pays Visit To Mach Loop Before Arriving At RAF Fairford

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The Heritage F-15E flying flying

with the Mach Loop on Jul. 14, 2022 (Simon Pearson-Cougill ). In package, the airplane touchdown at RAF Fairford( Stewart Jack) Here are some fascinating shots of the brand-new Heritage F-15E Strike Eagle. The U.S. Air Force 48th Fighter Wing simply introduced a brand-new heritage F-15E Strike Eagle to commemorate the Wing’s 70th year of trip procedures, along with the USAFE’s 80th wedding anniversary and also the Air Force’s 75th wedding anniversary. The jet was formally revealed at RAF Lakenheath on July 12, 2022, as well as on July 14 flew with thepopular Mach Loop in the Low Flying Area (LFA) 7, prior to touchdown at RAF Fairford for this year’s Royal International Air Tattoo.”We have actually repainted an F-15E with an unique paint plan to commemorate the abundant background of Liberty Pilots, Maintainers, as well as all Airmen of the 48 FW “, claimed the 48th FW on social media sites.”Additionally, the paint system is based upon the Skyblazers airborne demo group from the 1950’s and also 60’s, recognizing an item of USAFE’s 80-year background.”

Another shot of the Heritage F-15E in the Mach Loop on Jul. 14, 2022(Simon Pearson-Cougill)The airplane concerned is the F-15E with identification number 92-0364, appointed to the 492nd Fighter Squadron(492nd FS), nicknamed”the Bolars”as well as”the Madhatters “. The Strike Eagle landed at Fairford at around noontime, with the callsign STRIKE31 as well as accompanied by a F-35A of the 495th Fighter Squadron” the Valkyries”, after a fast air to air photo session. As you can see in the images right here in this tale, the F-15E has actually been repainted with the United States flag’s shades on the trip as well as the nose surface areas. The internal sides of the twin tails reveal the logo design for the USAFE’s 80th wedding anniversary, while the external sides reveal the logo design for the 48th FW wedding anniversary. Particularly, you can see the Statue of Liberty, which is the sign of the system and also as a result understood additionally as the” Liberty Wing “, bordered by the forms of the airplane that offered within the device. A larger recreation of the Statue of Liberty is located additionally on the rate brake, come with by the form of the United Kingdom, which organizes the device considering that the 1960s, in addition to the United States as well as UK flags. The 48th FW was initial developed in 1952 at Chaumont-Semoutiers Air Base, France, and also designated the 492d,

493d, as well as 494th Fighter Squadrons. Just in 1960, when French President Charles de Gaulle required the elimination of NATO pressures from the nation, the device transferred to RAF Lakenheath, which at the time was a vacant Strategic Air Command hefty bombing plane base. Currently, as the Liberty Wing is transitioning right into the future, the F-15Cs have actuallybeen switched for new F-35As as well as designated both to the 493rd FS “Grim Reapers”and also the lately reactivated 495th FS”Valkyries “. The system is not brand-new to these type of heritage jets, with some fantastic instances seen for the 75th wedding anniversary of Operation Overlord, when each armada repainted a jet in heritage shades for the celebration. The heritage F-15E as it lands before the crows at RAF Fairford. (Photo: Stewart Jack) About Stefano D’Urso Stefano D’Urso is an independent reporter and also factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A grad in Industral Engineering he’s additionally examining to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Digital Warfare, Loitering Munitions as well as OSINT strategies put on the globe of present disputes and also armed forces procedures are amongst his locations of competence.

United State Air Force Successfully Tests New GBU-31 JDAM Anti-Ship Variant

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The Air Force Research Laboratory partnered with the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing and also the 85th Test as well as Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing to furnish an F-15E Strike Eagle at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. with changed 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions as component of the 2nd examination in the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration. QUICKSINK, a brand-new low-cost, air-delivered capacity for beating maritime risks, efficiently damaged a major surface area vessel April 28, 2022, as component of a demo in the Gulf of Mexico.(U.S. Air Force image/ 1st Lt Lindsey

Heflin)The brand-new version, referred to as Quicksink, is meant to give the Air Force with a torpedo-like anti-ship wise tool. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL )as well as Eglin Air Force Base’s Integrated Test Team just recently showed a brand-new low-cost, air-delivered clever tool capacity planned to beat maritime hazards. The examination, which took place on April 28, 2022, saw an F-15E Strike Eagle launching a changed 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition

(JDAM )as well as effectively ruining a full-blown surface area vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. This examination is the 2nd experiment in the Quicksink Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, a joint initiative with AFRL, the 780th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Wing, and also the 85th Test and also Evaluation Squadron of the 53rd Wing, and also moneyed by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and also Engineering. “Quicksink is a response to an immediate requirement to counteract maritime dangers to liberty all over the world,” claimed Col. Tony Meeks, supervisor of AFRL’s Munitions Directorate. “The guys and also females of this directorate regularly locate means to address our country’s best difficulties.”

supervisor. Generally, when taking care of opponent ships, the tools of selection are submarine-launched heavy-weight torpedoes, which nonetheless pay their efficiency with a high expense as well as a tiny section of marine properties having the ability to utilize them.”Heavy-weight torpedoes work [at sinking big ships] Are pricey as well as utilized by a tiny part of marine properties,”stated Maj. Andrew Swanson, 85th TES department principal of Advanced Programs. “With Quicksink, we have actually shown an affordable as well as much more nimble service that has the possible to be utilized by the bulk of Air Force battle airplane, offering fighter leaders as well as warfighters with even more choices.

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15 U.S. F-15E Strike Eagles Have Deployed To Greece For Operation Castle Forge

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One of the 15 F-15E Strike Eagles takes off from RAF Lakenheath to Larissa AB, Greece, on Oct. 6, 2021. (All images: Stewart Jack)

F-15Es from the 336th Fighter Squadron “Rocketeers” are currently stationed at Larissa Air Base.

Split in three cells of 5 aircraft, 15 F-15E Strike Eagles belonging to the 4th Fighter Wing from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Larissa Air Base, Greece, in support of operation Castle Forge, a U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa-led joint, multi-national training event.

Flying as TABOR51-55, TABOR61-65 and TABOR71-75, the Strike Eagles made a stopover at RAF Lakenheath in the afternoon on Monday Oct. 4 and departed to Larissa on Wednesday Oct. 6, 2021 using the same callsigns. Our contributor Stewart Jack took the photos of the F-15Es at RAF Lakenheath that you can find in this post.

The 15 F-15E jets will support Operation Castle Forge in the Black Sea region.

One of the F-15Es about to land at RAF Lakenheath on Oct. 4, 2021.

“Castle Forge is designed to provide a dynamic, partnership-focused environment that raises the U.S. commitment to collective defense in the Black Sea region while enhancing interoperability alongside NATO allies. Additionally, Castle Forge demonstrates the joint force’s combined ability to respond in times of crisis with a flexible, reassuring presence,” says the official press release.

“This is an exciting time across the theater as we host the Strike Eagles for some vital training,” said Gen. Jeff Harrigian, commander of USAFE-AFAFRICA and NATO Allied Air Command. “Castle Forge will provide a number of opportunities to hone our capabilities alongside our allies in an absolutely critical region.”

Alongside the F-15 operations, Castle Forge encompasses the USAFE MAJCOM-wide Agile Combat Employment Initial Operating Capability capstone event.

Training for ACE operations has become routine for units operating in Europe. The goal is of being strategically predictable but operationally unpredictable, as it was originally mentioned in the 2018 National Defense Strategy, and capable of operating everywhere with minimal support.

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Here’s how we described the ACE initiative in a previous article: “ACE is a concept that envisions the use of agile operations to generate resilient airpower in a contested environment. This means dispersing forces across different or remote airports and support their operations with fewer specialists, to ensure that the U.S Air Forces in Europe are ready for potential contingencies by allowing forces to operate from locations with varying levels of capacity and support. The purpose is “to become more agile in our execution, more strategic in our deterrence, and more resilient in our capability. Agility, Deterrence, and Resiliency are essential to defense and operational capability in a contested environment,” the U.S. Air Force in Europe website says when explaining the ACE Concept of Operations.”

After supporting Castle Forge, the Seymour Johnson AFB’s F-15Es of the 336th FS “Rocketeers” will reportedly deploy to the Middle East for a total 6-month tour in the “sand pit”.

Strike Eagle departs for Larissa AB.

F-15E Strike Eagles Tested Modified 2,000-pound GBU-31 JDAMs On Maritime Targets

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Three F-15E Strike Eagles from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron supported a test as part of the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration on Aug. 26, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Lindsey Heflin)

Tests with the GBU-31 pave the way for the use of Joint Direct Attack Munitions against “moving and static maritime targets”.

Three F-15E Strike Eagles from the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron carried out tests with modified 2,000 GBU-31 JDAMs on Aug. 26, 2021.

According to the 53rd Wing, partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory, the F-15E crews developed and demonstrated new tactics, techniques, and procedures for employing modified GBU-31s on both moving and static maritime targets. The goal of the testing was “to validate a new way to employ air-delivered munitions on ships that will change the maritime target lethality paradigm.”

“For any large moving ship, the Air Force’s primary weapon is the 2,000-pound laser guided GBU-24,” said Maj. Andrew Swanson, 85th TES F-15E weapons system officer in a public release. “Not only is this weapon less than ideal, it also reduces our survivability based on how it must be employed. This munition can change all of that.”

JDAM is a guided air-to-surface weapon that can use several different warheads: the 2,000-pound BLU-109/MK 84, the 1,000-pound BLU-110/MK 83 or the 500-pound BLU-111/MK 82 warhead as the payload. Guidance is facilitated through a tail control system and a GPS-aided INS. The navigation system is initialized by transfer alignment from the aircraft that provides position and velocity vectors from the aircraft systems.

The GBU-31s in the photographs released by the U.S. Air Force appear to be GBU-31(V)1/B, using the guidance kit on an MK-84. It would be interesting to learn a bit more about the “modification” mentioned in the public release and how the JDAMs were used to engage “moving maritime targets” as JDAMs are not Laser Guided (unless they are Laser JDAMs – mentioned later) hence more suitable for use against fixed/stationary targets.

The 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory to equip the F-15E Strike Eagle with modified 2,000-pound GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions. The goal of this test was to validate a new way to employ air-delivered munitions on ships that will change the maritime target lethality paradigm. (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt Lindsey Heflin)

LGBs (Laser Guided Bombs) have long been used in maritime scenarios for moving targets but the seeker head of the LGB can be adversely affected by the elements (such as bad weather, fog, smoke, etc), potentially reducing its effectiveness. These weapons use on-board seeker to track targets that are designated by laser, typically in the infrared spectrum, and adjust their glide path to accurately strike the target.

Since the weapon tracks a light signature, not the object itself, the target must be illuminated from a separate source: either by ground forces, by a pod on the attacking aircraft or a different support aircraft (performing the so-called “buddy lasing”). While some LGBs, have been upgraded to embed a backup GPS guidance, the GBU-31s use only GPS coordinates to autonomously navigate to the designated target coordinates. Target coordinates can be loaded into the aircraft before takeoff, manually altered by the aircrew before weapon release, or automatically entered through target designation with onboard aircraft sensors. In its most accurate mode, the JDAM system will provide a weapon circular error probable of 5 meters or less during free flight when GPS data is available. If GPS data is denied, the JDAM will achieve a 30-meter CEP or less for free flight times up to 100 seconds with a GPS quality handoff from the aircraft.

Laser JDAM adds a laser seeker to the nose of a JDAM-equipped bomb, giving the ability to engage moving targets to the JDAM. For example, GBU-56(V)2/B is an MK-84 2,000-lb bomb fitted with the DSU-40/B semi-active laser (SAL) and KMU-556/B guidance set.

Anyway, building on a previous 53rd Wing test conducted last year (where the B-52H Stratofortress from the 49th TES dropped JDAMs in order to assess the viability of specific maritime impact conditions), the latest testing activity was carried out as part of the QUICKSINK Joint Capability Technology Demonstration, whose aim is to develop a low-cost method of achieving torpedo-like seaworthy kills from the air: a U.S. Navy submarine has the ability to launch and destroy a ship with a single torpedo at any time, but by launching that weapon it gives away the location of the vessel.

David Cenciotti is a freelance journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written four books.