Florida Air Guard Deploys F-15C Eagles to Eastern Europe Theater
Announced in March of 2015, the Florida Air Guard will send a force of 12 F-15C Eagles and 200 soldiers to the Netherlands and Bulgaria. The deployment is part of the United States’ efforts in Operation Atlantic Resolve, a NATO cooperation
aimed towards responding to recent Russian-led tension in the region. A representative from the United States Air Force in Europe stated that this will be the first Air National Guard “theater security package” or TSP to deploy. The force will station in bases at Leeuwarden in Netherlands and Graf Ignatievo in Bulgaria and train with NATO allies. The first US theater security package (forces deployed to reassure Eastern European allies of the United States’ commitment to stability in the region and increase the US response capability) was sent out in February and included a fleet of 12 A-10C Thunderbolts and 300 airmen from the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base of Arizona. These deployments are expected to last for a duration of six months. In addition to TSPs, the US has already sent 14 F-16 fighter aircraft to Estonia to participate in joint training exercises with the country’s air force.
The F-15C Eagle’s roots are traced back to 1976 when the McDonnell Douglas-developed aircraft
was first introduced into service. The fourth-generation fighter aircraft was initially designed for the USAF with a focus on high-maneuverability – keeping in mind the Cold War threat from Russia whose own air superiority aircraft, the MiG-25 Foxbat, was in development at the time. Many of the more recent variants in the Florida Air Guard’s fleet are equipped with APG-63V3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar technology and fitted with the latest Sniper air-to-air targeting pod technology. Although the aircraft is in active production, the F-15 is set to go into retirement in 2019. The legacy aircraft is utilized in military services worldwide including Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force, the Royal Saudi Air Force of Saudi Arabia, and Israel’s Air Force. Via our proprietary website ASAP AOG Services ASAP Semiconductor have huge selection of McDonnell Douglas products
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Posted on April 7, 2015
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