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F15E Strike Eagle vs. F16 Falcon: What different missions are they used for?
They're both multirole/strike fighters, and I'm wondering what different missions each are used for. What are their advantages/disadvantages over each other? What mission would one be used for, and why not/why the other?
Also, is the F35 meant to replace one, or both?
- crookmattLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
In a nutshell...
The F-16 was designed as a lightweight, inexpensive, daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR) fighter, it evolved into a successful multirole aircraft.
The F-15 is a more expensive twin-engine, all-weather strike fighter, designed for long-range interdiction of enemy ground targets deep behind enemy lines.
So the F-15 is bigger, more expensive, can carry more weapons, and has a better sensor suite (radar and all that). Dual engines make it more reliable (if it's hit and looses an engine it can maintain flight).
The F-15 is an offensive fighter - made to carry out strikes far behind enemy lines. The F-16 is a defensive weapon made to operate close to it's base, usually with support from ground weapons and/or other fighters.
F-15 cost between 30-100 million each, F-16's are a mere 15 million, USD.