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The F-15EX has one major job: to stick it to China, if Xi Jinping is foolish enough to try a military attack anywhere in the Pacific.
Last week, the Air Force confirmed that the F-15EX Eagle II fighter completed tests out over the Gulf of Mexico, demonstrating that it can carry up to 12 air-to-air missiles under its wings at one time. That’s a record no other Air Force plane can match.
Call it the Dirty Dozen. You don’t want to be the Chinese pilot facing that kind of firepower. This is a big deal, because deterring war in the Pacific pretty much boils down to missile shots.
Last week, the Air Force confirmed that the F-15EX Eagle II fighter completed tests out over the Gulf of Mexico. (U.S. Air Force)
On top of this, there’s another new weapon for the F-15EX that caught my eye: the Air Force’s hypersonic boost-glide weapon, nicknamed Arrow.
So just how did a 1970s-design fighter link up with a 21st-century hypersonic missile? Emergency measures, I assure you, driven by the serious threat from China.