A US F-15C fighter jet recently fired the longest air-to-air missile 'kill' shot in Air Force history
US Air ForceF-15C scored the longest "kill" shot ever recorded in a recent test.
- The fighter took out a BQ-167 aerial target drone in March at Tyndall
Air ForceBase in Florida.
- The Air Force did not disclose the distance, as that information could be valuable to adversaries.
A US Air Force
It is unclear if the weapon or aircraft involved in the test were modified in any way.The Air Force plans to eventually replace the AMRAAM with a weapon called the AIM-260 Joint Advanced Tactical Missile, a longer-range air-to-air missile expected to be able to better compete with some of the systems developed by US rivals, such as China's PL-15 missile.
The Air Force is also pursuing other lines of effort as America's competitors do the same.The aircraft used to launch the missile is a venerable combat platform that has served the US Air Force for decades. An
The Air Force intends to steadily replace all of these fighter aircraft with either the fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter or the advanced fourth-generation F-15 Eagle II, previously known as the
The long-range "kill" shot by a legacy F-15 in March was part of efforts to develop "long range kill chain" capabilities.The test was carried out by the 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron in partnership with the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron.
The test "exercised existing long-range weapons testing infrastructure and laid the ground work for modernizing range capabilities in support of future long-range weapons testing on the Eglin-Gulf Test and Training Range," the 53rd Wing said in its statement.
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