US Air Force loads up F-15E fighter jet with a lot of cruise missiles to see if it could be used like a bomber
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May 13, 2021 - by Ryan Pickrell for www.businessinsider.com
The US Air Force is looking at the possibility of using fighter jets armed with both air-to-air missiles and a heavy loadout of stand-off cruise missiles as bomber aircraft able to self-escort in contested airspace and conduct devastating missile strikes.
This week, the 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base armed an F-15E Strike Eagle with five AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs), more than twice what the plane would normally carry.
The unusually heavy loadout was part of…
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