U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-15s Could Get Drone Wingmen
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May 24, 2019 - by David Axe for nationalinterest.org
The U.S. Air Force has identified the manned fighters that, in coming years, could get robotic wingmen.
A new version of the Air Force's F-35A stealth fighter, as well as the heavily upgraded version of the F-15 that the flying branch hopes to acquire, both could function as flight leads for the service's Skyborg wingman drones, Will Roper, the Air Force's top weapons-buyer, on May 22, 2019 told Defense News reporter Valerie Insinna.
Roper's statement implies that other Air Force fighter types such as F-16s and older F-35s and F-15s likely won't function as drone flight leads.
The Air Force is in discussions with Boeing and Lockheed respectively to modify their F-15EX and F-35A Block 4 fighters to accommodate the datalinks and processors from the Skyborg effort, Insinna reported...