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    The History and Development of the F-15 Eagle in Strangereal

    Post by Ronin201 on Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:04 pm

    The author would like to note that this entry is very heavily based on his interpretation of the Ace Combat canon (to include fictional conflicts and countries), on which he may take a different approach than that of the readers. The author will not adhere to others’ canons just because they want him to (though he will respect them). Thank you.

    The History of the F-15 Eagle in Strangereal

    Overview



    (The F-15C and F-15E)

             The F-15 Eagle is a single-seat, two-engine fighter-interceptor designed by McDonell Douglas (later bought by Boeing) to achieve air superiority for air forces over the battlefield. The F-15 had two primary versions: the F-15A-D “Fighter Eagle” and the F-15E “Strike Eagle”. The F-15E was designed to be a long-range strike aircraft that retained some of the capabilities of its fighter cousin.  The F-15 generally flew at 1,650 mph with a combat radius of 1,061 nmi and a ferry range of 3,450 nmi, with the F-15E having a combat radius of 790 nmi and a ferry range of  2,400 nmi. It had a maximum ceiling of around 65,000 feet and weighed 74,350 lbs when at its max load (F-15Es weighed 81,000 lbs at max load). Most variants have been powered by two of the Pratt & Whitney F100-100 or 220 afterburning turbofans. The F-15 stills serves today and has seen action in several wars since the early 1980s such as the Aslan-Shamlaki Conflict, the 1982-1984 Aslani Insurgency, the 1995 Belkan War, the 1998 Usean Coup, the 2003-2005 Usean Continental War, the 2010 Circum-Pacific War, the 2016 Anean War, and the 2020 Aurelia-Leasath War.

    Development History

             The F-15 Eagle, much like the F-14, came about due to the need for a better fighter aircraft in the face of the poor performance of the F-4 Phantom in the arena of air combat. Additionally, in the later 1960s, rumors began to circulate of the Yuktobanian MiG-25, which was reported to be a sort of superplane. The Osean Air Force brass released a set of requirements for the new aircraft to counter said MiG.  A number of designs came forward, but in the end the proposal from McDonnell Douglas won and was christened the F-15A Eagle to back up its aim at ruling the skies. This was also a departure from the general naming of many McD fighter products after supernatural beings.



    (Top to bottom: the F-4 and the YF-15)

             Initially the F-15 faced resistance from critics who saw it as being too big and expensive, but the design pleased a number of potential customers and promised to provide both a powerful dogfighter and a good interceptor. The later was found to be even more valuable with the push for an aircraft to fill the shores of the F-106 and F-104, which had long been relegated to secondary units. Even when the MiG-25 was found to be an interceptor that had actually been created to counter the cancelled XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, the F-15 project was pushed forward and the aircraft entered service with Osea in 1974, marking the beginning of the machine’s career. The F-15B was produced alongside the F-15A as a training and familiarization variant in order to convert F-4 pilots from the two-seat fighter-bomber to the newer single-seat fighter.
             The design of the F-15 was very heavily based around studies and pilot input regarding what was needed in an air superiority fighter. Improved variants of the AIM-9 Sidewinder and AIM-7 Sparrow were incorporated immediately as the primary weapons of the F-15, but an M61A1 20mm cannon was positioned in the right wing root for close-in dogfighting. Unlike the Navy’s F-14 Tomcat, no need for long-range missiles was ever envisioned as the F-15 would not be defending anything that needed protection like an aircraft carrier did. The canopy used a “bubble” design and placed the pilot in a fashion that they would have the most complete view of the space around them. The Heads Up Display, an idea that had been becoming the standard by the late 1960s, was also included to place vital information at eye level for the pilot. HOTAS, or Hands-On Throttle And Stick, were also incorporated to further allow the pilot to concentrate on flying and fighting without having to move their hands about the cockpit. Two Pratt & Whitney F100-100 power the machine and an AN/APG-63 radar was installed in the nose to track and engage targets.



    (AN/APG-70 and PW F100 engine)

             The F-15C was first proposed in 1979 as an upgrade to the F-15A, with, if not all, of the upgrades being beneath its skin. Weapons compatibility was expanded to include some ground weapons. The aircraft first reached active service in 1981 with Osea.



    (The single-seat and two-seat F-15)

             The weights of the aircraft were heightened, the avionics updated, and the APG-63 system was supplanted by the newer, better APG-70 to keep up with newer versions of Sidewinder and Sparrow, as well as the newer Python AAMs being fielded by Aslan. Additionally, the Fuel And Sensor Tanks (FAST) Conformal Fuel Tanks (CFTs) saw more standard application, and would eventually see further application in the F-15E and its local derivatives. The F-15C was the variant that was also more widely exported, reaching customers throughout the world in the late 1980s and into the 2000s. The F-15C would have a local derivative, the F-15S, which was meant for the Shimoji Air Self-Defense Force, that had local electronics and compatibility with weapons such as the AAM-3 and AAM-4.
    The F-15C was the fighter variant that has most consistently upgraded to keep up with emerging fighters and other aircraft that were brought into being around its time. F-15Cs have been adapted to work with things such as GPS, JDAM bombs, AESA radar, and AMRAAM missiles as well as receiving newer composites to extend service life. In line with the F-15C, the F-15D was developed for the purposes of training, retaining the same concept as the F-15B and like the F-15C upgrading from its predecessor. The next model would break that chain.
             The F-15E Strike Eagle was the first radical departure from the F-15 line as a pure fighter. Put forward after observations on the flexibility of the design and requirements were released for an aircraft to replace the F-111 Aardvark. The program, designated the Enhanced Tactical Fighter (ETF) Program, saw the F-16XL pitted against an F-15D that had been modified and designated the F-15E Strike Eagle. After extensive tests, the F-15E was selected and the design saw further development and specialization to become the actual F-15E Strike Eagle. The F-15E, in line with its mission of deep strike, carried CFTs as a standard, had a variant of APG-70 designed to smoothly switch between air-to-air and air-to-ground. The F-15E was also designed to hit targets with unprecedented accuracy in any conditions thanks to the Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) navigation and targeting pods and later Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.



    (F-15E prototype and F-16XL)

             The F-15E had the most localized variants for export customers respective to the other F-15 variants, having local variants for ISAF, Aslan, and Emmeria (the F-15AF, F-15AS, an F-15EM). This was mostly due to the flexibility the F-15E platform showed as a fighter and as a strike platform, meaning it was widely bought. The F-15E’s popularity is due in no small part to the growing threat of terrorist forces using unconventional means and air forces striving to brace for potential budget cuts by consolidating more jobs into fewer aircraft.


    (F-15S/MTD)

             In addition to the primary variants of the F-15, there were several experimental variants, though the most notable of these was the F-15ST/MTD (Short Takeoff and Landing Maneuver Technology Demonstrator). The S/MTD was intended to explore the emerging technologies surrounding the concept of thrust vectoring on conventional fighter aircraft in the 1980s. The F-15S/MTD was never intended for combat, though at the end of the Belkan War, during the brief campaign by A World With No Boundaries, an unknown number of the small group of demonstrators were stolen by terrorists acting as Osean Air Force personnel. Additionally a single F-15A, Eagle 72-119, was stripped of all but the basic gear it needed to break the records set by a previous McDonnell Douglas product, the F-4 Phantom. Another major F-15 variant, the F-15SE “Silent Eagle”, is also being put forward. A stealthier variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle, the Silent Eagle first came about in 2010 and offered upgrades such as AESA, internal weapons bays, and more radar-absorbent material. The F-15SE Has been particularly popular with users of the F-15E and its variants, and has attracted a number of a customers since 2013.


    (F-15SE Silent Eagle)

    Operational History

    Osea

             The Osean Air Force was the biggest user of the F-15 Eagle, fielding is as a frontline fighter from 1974 to 2013 and in the hands of Osean Air National Guard (OANG) units to this day. The first aircraft were delivered to the 81st Weapons Testing and Evaluation Squadron at Terry Palm Air Force Base in April of 1974, with the two training units, the 16th Tactical Fighter Wing (Training) and 22nd Tactical Fighter Wing (Training), which each converted two squadrons from F-4E Phantom IIs to F-15As and F-15Bs. The first F-15 fighter wing, the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at Arrowhead AFB near Oured, was declared fully operational in mid-1975.


    (Two 1st TFW F-15Cs in the early 1980s)

             Until the 1995 Belkan War, the F-15 would see action in exercises and intercepts with the Osean Air Force. The F-15 Eagle’s foremost rivals were considered to be the F-14 Tomcat, F-16 Fighting Flacon, and MiG-29 Fulcrum, with the former two often locking horns with the Eagle in dozens upon dozens of mock dogfights with the two jets. The rivalry with the Tomcat community was perhaps the strongest, as the F-15 and F-14 represented Osea’s two frontline fighters, but in the end the common enemies were those of Osea, and the Tomcats crews and Eagle crews were on the same team. When the Eagle and its newer counterpart, the Strike Eagle, did go to war for Osea in 1995, they were well prepared by nearly two decades of intense training.


    (An F-15A of the 421st TFS intercepting Tu-95, circa 1984)

             The F-15 Eagle was involved in the 1995 Belkan War from the very start, when on the night of March 24, 1995, two Heirlark-based F-15Cs of the 181st TFS engaged Belkan Air Force MiG-31B Foxhounds near the border of their respective countries. Shortly afterwards, F-15s of both the OAF and OANG found themselves as the primary force in meeting incoming BAF raids. In the meantime, F-15Es, primarily those from Foley Air Force Base in Southeast Osea, attacked Belkan spearheads into the country even as they were in Belkan territory. The F-15C and F-15E were both sent on missions deep into Belkan territory to destroy the Belkans’ primary defenses, industrial assets, and their air force. Over the course of the air war, the F-15C accounted for a significant number of kills gained against the MiG-29 Fulcrum, Mirage 2000, MiG-31 Foxhound, and MiG-21 Fishbed.


    (F-15E FLIR images during airstrikes over Belka)

             However the F-15’s record was not completely clean during the war. One infamous stain was The Unselen Incident, which occurred on May 28, 1995, when an F-15E of the 245th TFS, piloted by Major Luke McDale, mistakenly shot down two friendly AH-64 Apache attack helicopters. Major McDale was found guilty of criminal negligence when it was discovered he had failed to take time to identify the helicopters, and as a result was stripped of his rank and imprisoned. His Weapon Systems Officer, Captain Jerry Stevens, was lowered in rank but found to be innocent after the investigation revealed McDale had been the one who’d fired and that Captain Stevens had no way to stop the missiles from being launched.


    (245th Strike Eagle of squadron commander Colonel Mackey)

             When major hostilities ended in June of 1995, the F-15C and F-15E continued to fly in and near Belkan skies as a part of Operation Mediation. Mediation was designed to prevent the Belkan military from causing problems in the region for the foreseeable future and to help the war-torn region rebuild. The operation, which lasted until roughly 2002, saw the F-15 occasionally called to counteract violations of the Lumen Treaty by Belkan forces. However, several years of military cuts, bitterly resisted and labeled “The Harling Cuts” by members of the defense sector and military, saw a massive scale back in Operation Mediation and the Osean Military’s transformation into the Osean Defense Force. It would be these cuts that would see the F-15’s upcoming replacement, the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor, delayed to 2008. Additionally, these cuts would mean that the F-15 would play a large role in Osea’s next big war in 2010.


    (An F-22A Raptor of the 332nd TFS in 2011)

             Though the F-22 was in service by the time hostilities commenced between Osea and Yuktobania in 2010, it was not in as wide service as Osean military officials had hoped when the aircraft was first started in the 1990s. It was because of this that the F-15 was once again the primary fighter aircraft of the Osean Air Force (Now the Osean Air Defense Force). As far sorth as the Kirwin Islands and as far south as Basset Space Center, the F-15 was called upon to intercept and destroy YAF and YN attackers alongside other Osean aircraft. F-15Es also conducted some of the longest raids against Yuktobania. The war had the most advanced technology on both sides facing one another, and Osean Eagle pilots found themselves fighting aircraft such as the Su-27 Flanker for the first time. By war’s end, despite numerous victories, the Osean F-15 force had been hit hard, with nearly 50% of the prewar force destroyed or damaged beyond repair.
             In the years after the Circum-Pacific War, Vincent Harling was removed from office and the Osean Defense Force was reverted to the Osean military. The F-22 program went forward and began to replace the F-15 more quickly. The F-15 had received a number of upgrades by this point, allowing it to remain in frontline service and with the OANG. However, like all airframes the machine does have an eventual retirement date. The Osean government plans to replace the F-15E with the F-15SE completely by 2018, while the F-35A will arm the OANG completely by 2024.


    (An F-35A Lightning II during training in 2014)

    ISAF/Usean Continental Government

             The second major user of the F-15 was the Usean Continental Government, which began to operate the F-15C and F-15D in 1988 in the fighter role, using the F-15’s ability to drop a limited variety of air-to-ground as well. The 8th Training Wing converted two squadrons from Mirage F.1EUs to F-15Cs and Ds, and the 32nd Fighter Squadron was the first operational unit in 1989.


    (A 32nd FS F-15C, 1989)

             Much like the F-15 in Osean service, the Usean Conntinetal government’s Eagle fleet did not see any combat for a number of years until the 1998 Usean Rebellion. By this time, the F-15E had also been purchased in small numbers, meaning that the F-15 participated in both fighter and attack missions. F-15’s were also used by the rebels; several F-15Es of the 88th Fighter-Bomber Squadron were stationed at St. Ark during the conflict, with several being destroyed on the ground and in the air by the now-famous 92nd Special Tactical Fighter Squadron, more commonly known as “Scarface”. This brief but important stint of combat for the F-15 proved its worth to the Useans, and secured its place in the FCU’s military.
             The F-15 saw service in the peacekeeping role after the Ulysses 1994XF04 impacts, acting more as police vehicles than fighter jets. F-15s operated in conjunction with other fighters to help prevent the chaos from being taken advantage of and to guard relief shipments as they moved throughout the country. Soon after, at the end of 1999, the Usean Continental Government voted on a mandate that had been set up in 1972 regarding the future of the federation. It was decided that the nations comprising the continental federation would no longer answer to a single government and from then on act under their own rule. It was during this time that all squadrons operating the F-15 Eagle saw transfer to the newly-formed Independent State Allied Forces (ISAF). Relatively soon after, conflict would again stir up in the region.
             In early 2003, fascist and nationalist fervor in the Erusean Federation drove it to begin taking a campaign of aggressive military action against ISAF, starting with the occupation of the Stonehenge system. After attempts at negotiations failed, ISAF tried and failed to remove the Eruseans by force, raiding Stonehenge by air. Incidentally, this first raid would be carried out by F-15Es of the 201st Fighter-Bomber Squadron. After this failed attack, the F-15’s role would become more defensive until 2004, when ISAF was able to hold its ground in the Far East and begin to turn the tide. Attrition caused much of the force to be lost, and the twelve squadrons that started the war had been reduced to roughly four by the end.


    (Two ISAF F-15Cs, circa 2004)

             The F-15C’s biggest claims to fame during the 2003-2005 war were the defense of the temporary ISAF headquarters in North Point and the battle of the Comona Islands. F-15Es continued to play a major role as interdiction aircraft, working alongside the carrier-based F-14 Tomcat. The F-15E had also show itself to be a fairly capable close air support aircraft, as first demonstrated by the OAF in 1995. Training prior to 2003 with the help of Osean advisors and pilots of aircraft such as the F-16 and A-10 allowed the F-15E to deliver weapons such as the widely popular GBU-12 Paveway II. This weapon was used with heavy success during the retaking of San Salvacion. ISAF purchased a small number of EF2000 Typhoon fighters and even four F-22s under Osean president Harling’s overtures to his allies in order to strengthen relations with them. After the war, ISAF F-15s participated in cleanup and security operations to rebuild. The F-15C is due to be fully replaced by the EF2000 Typhoon by 2023, while the F-15E will be replaced by the Rafale B and Su-30MKII in 2021.

    Ustio

             Ustio’s relationship with the F-15 Eagle had a very controversial start. As tensions rose between the young country and her former master of Belka, Ustio initiated what it called “Project Fortress”. Fortress aimed to use wealth accumulated from Ustio’s vast resources to rapidly acquire modern weapons. The Ustian army worked to acquire the Challenger 1 main battle tank and MIM-104 Patriot Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM). The Ustian Air Force looked to acquire the more modern fighters to replace their Mirage F.1CZ and F-20A Tigersharks that it’d been using since it’d gained independence in 1988. McDonnell Douglas, General Dynamics, and Grumman all offered aircraft to the Ustian Air Force. The F-15’s prime competitor was the F-14 Tomcat. The F-15C found itself competing against the F-14L, a version of the F-14 modified for customers without aircraft carriers. In what remains a fiercely controversial matter, and is constantly denied by representatives of Boeing (McD was bought by them in the late 90s), representatives sent to Ustio used several underhanded tactics to convince UAF brass the F-15 was the better choice. However, complications that are also undisclosed by Boeing led to gross delays in the F-15 being delivered in significant numbers and pilots to be properly trained. In fact, only two F-15s were delivered to the UAF by the time hostilities came about in 1995.


    (“Cipher” and “Pixy”, the legendary UAF duo of the Belkan War)

             The Galm Team of the 66th Air Force Unit, 6th Air Force Division, were the users of these two Eagles. These two Mercenaries, known as Cipher and Pixy, would take their place in history by winning several major victories for the Allies during the war. Their exploits in the F-15, including major success against BAF ace squadrons and the destruction of the superweapon Excalibur. These events lent to the credibility of the F-15, and the UAF maintained its deal after the Lumen Accords. By the end of the incident involving A World With No Boundaries, the UAF planned to be armed with eight squadrons of F-15Cs. These F-15s would soon be armed with the newer AIM-120 AMRAAM as well, as Cipher and Pixy were forced to use older AIM-7 Sparrows during the war.
             To date, the Belkan War has been the only major action for the F-15 in UAF service. Since 1996 its major purpose and job has been defending against incursions by BAF aircraft and supporting Ustio’s part in Operation Mediation. When relations between Belka and Ustio began to improve in 2011, Ustio announced it planned to replace its F-15s with EF2000s by 2024. The F-15, however, would see an extensive modification program similar to Osean F-15s in order to expand its capabilities. The UAF plans to continue to use the F-15 as a reserve fighter and as a strike aircraft, while the Typhoon will take over as its primary air superiority aircraft.


    (The EF2000 Typhoon)

    Aslan (Yes, this entails an Area 88 crossover >_>)

             Aslan is the third major user of the F-15 Eagle, following ISAF and Osea. It was the second to operate the F-15, first receiving the F-15A and F-15B in 1979. Aslan, always at odds with several of its pro-Yuktobanian neighbors, sought to keep the military superiority it had and had defended since the 1964 Border War with the nation of Tusolvia and Shamlak. Biased towards aircraft built by McDonnell Douglas since the great success it enjoyed with the F-4E Phantom, Aslani Royal Defense Force officials in the Air Force quickly chose the F-15 as their next air superiority fighter. F-15s bound for the Aslani Air Defense Force (AADF) were slightly modified to work with the Aslani Shafrir AAM and their small ability to carry unguided weapons was expanded on to make them more multirole. The first squadron, 205 Squadron, was declared combat ready in late 1980.


    (An AADF F-15A, locally called the “Akef” or Buzzard)

             Almost immediately the F-15 saw combat when between 1981 and 1982 it participated in several clashes with Shamlaki, Kedhanim and Tusolvi aircraft over the Persian Sea. Aslani F-15s first saw major combat not against foreign enemies, but against their own countrymen. The Aslani Insurgency was a failed coup attempt that lasted from January 18, 1982 to December 4, 1984 and was instigated by enemies of Aslan who tipped internal disputes in the country over the edge. They very quickly made it clear that they supported the coup by providing the rebel forces, the Free Aslani Army, with a number of older Yuktobanian-bloc weapons. The F-15A and F-15B both saw service during the conflict, mainly in delivering weapons on rebel forces and eventually in destroying the small air arm the rebels had been provided.
             The outrage against what the “Persian Alliance” was immediate, and Aslan planned to retaliate against its enemies. In March of 1985, after the wounds of the insurgency had mostly been healed and the nation’s unity strengthened under anger against the actions of their enemies, Aslan launched mass air raids against Tusolvia, Shamlak, and Kedhan, aimed at crippling the countries militarily. Operation Chanoch, named after the Aslani king who was betrayed in 431 by his allies, lasted until early 1986 when Tusolvia agreed to cede large amounts of its territory to the Aslanis. During this time, F-15s faced MiG-21s, MiG-23s, and MiG-25s of their enemies, as well as the Mirage F.1C. It was also this war that showcased other new Osean aircraft such as the F-16 in combat. The Eagle claimed a large number of kills in exchange for very few losses.


    (A pair of F-15A Akefs over Tusolvia in 1985. Note the lack of ordinance, suggesting a heavy day of work)

             The next step for the Aslani F-15 was the F-15AS, a variant of the F-15E created specifically for the country. Ordered in the wake of the creation of the F-15E and the realization that a long-range interdiction aircraft would be needed for the AADF inventory, the aircraft differed from the Osean F-15E only in a few areas such as avionics and weapons compatibility. The F-15AS, nicknamed the “Ra’am” (Thunder) was first ordered in 1988, and has seen combat in various small-scale strikes against targets that belong to groups seeking to destabilize the Aslani government. In 2008, four F-15AS “Ra’am” aircraft killed assassin Koto Sakatori whilst he being employed by the Persian Unification Army. The AADF plans to use the F-15AS for the foreseeable future, until at least 2025, before it seeks a replacement, whilst the F-15C was purchased in 1990. The AADF is currently searching for an aircraft to supplement and then replace the F-15 as its primary fighter, showing interest in both the Rafale and Typhoon.


    (An F-15AS of 119 Squadron in 2007)


    Emmeria

             The most limited user of the F-15 is the Republic of Emmeria Air Force (REAF), which started using the aircraft in 2014. The REAF sought to find a cheaper alternative to newer strike fighters in the face of a tightening budget that restricted its Rafale fleet to mostly fighter models. Boeing offered them the F-15EM, a model of the F-15E that features both localizations for the REAF and several affordable upgrades for the Emmerians. The REAF decided to embark on a test run with the idea, and in 2014 the 28th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Fighter Wing was trained and converted to fly F-15EMs. The squadron operated near the capital of Gracemeria. Among other things, F-15EMs were given emphasis on anti-ship missions, being made compatible with weapons such as the MM40 Block 3 Exocet.


    (Two F-15Es of the 28th FS, circa 2015)

             The F-15EM’s service with the REAF would center on the conflict a year later. F-15EMs of the 28th FS would be present for the first raids by the Estovakians against Emmeria, defending Gracemeria and then covering the long retreat to the east. The F-15EM proved a highly effective in both air-to-air and air-to-ground alongside other REAF aircraft such as the Mirage 2000 and the Rafale. The 28th FS, more popularly known as “Garuda”, actually outperformed the native jets of Emmeria in several respects. Two F-15EMs of the REAF were responsible for the destruction of the superweapons “Aigaion” and “Chandelier”. However, despite a remarkable combat record during the Anean War of 2016, internal politics would force a change in the F-15EM’s service. Corporations such as Dassualt lobbied heavily against the fighter as being part of what they saw as an increasing campaign against domestic defense companies. Heavy lobbying and advances in the Rafale program led to the F-15EM being denied a wider use along with the F/A-18F+ and F-16CE. The F-15EM now serves with a few secondary units, while the Rafale B will be the primary strike aircraft for the foreseeable future.


    (A Rafale B of the 11th FS)

    The Shimoji Islands

             The Shimoji Air Self-Defense Force (SASDF) bought five squadrons of F-15 Eagles under the “Peace Eagle” program in 1981. The first of these, the 541st Hikotai, accepted both single-seat F-15S and two-seat F-15DS (S for Shimoji) Eagles, churning out its first combat-ready class later that year. The F-15S, a variant of the F-15C, was intended to be used solely for the purpose of air defense of the Shimoji Islands; the F-15E was never considered by the SASDF. The SASDF’s combat record with the F-15 is limited only to some raids against their territory by Yuktobanian aircraft during the 2010 Circum-Pacific War. These raids were few and far between, mostly due to the fact that the Oseans had moved most of their forces from the nation when hostilities broke out. The F-15S is due for several major upgrades, and the SADSDF is even considering ordering what sources have describes as a single-seat fighter variant of the F-15SE, the F-15S Kai.



    (And F-15S of the 315th Hikotai in 1996 and a drawing of the F-15S Kai)

    Failed Bids

             Despites its huge success, the F-15 failed to attract several major customers and some minor sales. The first major failures were with the Osean Marines and Navy. The Osean Navy found the F-14 Tomcat suited its needs better, and a proposed F-15N was shown to be grossly unqualified for carrier operations. The Osean Marines were not particularly interested in an aircraft that was air-superiority specific, instead taking interest in the Lightweight Fighter Program that started in the mid-1970s and eventually paired them with the F/A-18 Hornet. Sapin was the next potential customer, and the F-15 saw itself in a fly-off against the Mirage 2000. In the end, the Mirage 2000’s lower cost and the fact that the Sapin Royal Air Force already operated Mirages led to them rejecting the F-15, though they later did choose the F/A-18 as a fighter-bomber. Countries such as Soatoa and Nordlands were offered the F-15, but the former rejected the offer in fear of escalating tensions with Yuktobania. Nordlands, being fiercely neutral, rejected the F-15 on those grounds.


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