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Absolutely, which is why I proposed the B-17II concept. If we don't have air supremacy, any large slow bomber isn't going to do well. The B-52 was primarily designed to carry a nuclear or conventional (mostly nuke) iron bomb load at long range into Soviet Russia. For its time of inception, it was a decently fast bomber for its range and bomb load.

Now, what it's used for is carrying a few PGMs, but primarily it's used as a truck for cruise missiles, to bring them into theater from far away bases. Even with upgrades, it's still a gas hog. As has been said a lot, better engines make the redundancy not as necessary. So 4 turbofans would be a lot more efficient than the 8 engines (can't remember if they're fans or jets) on the BUFF.

A B-17II comes from a proven basic design with a full support structure. What it would change is the fuselage....modified to carry a moderate load of bombs/PGMs, and a large load of missiles....cruise missiles, anti-ship missiles, or any other medium-large missile that can be fired from the air. Such a design could even be modified to replace the P-3 aircraft and E-3 Aircraft with a common airframe, engines, and basic controls/logistics.
The H's still in service have an early generation low bypass turbofan.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pratt_%26_Whitney_TF33

The earlier models, now retired, were powered by turbojets.
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F-15E update...


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Boeing Unveils a Version of the F-15 With Twice as Many Missles
Double the trouble.


A conceptual rendering from Boeing of the F-15 C2040

The Eagle C2040 is designed to be a missileer, carrying up to sixteen
AIM-120D AMRAAM radar-guided missiles into battle. That's twice as many as
many as existing F-15Es can carry and six more than the current reigning champion in
missiles, the Sukhoi Su-35 Super Flanker.

The upgrade also includes the Talon HATE advanced communications datalink, which allows the F-15 to exchange data with the F-22. Boeing almost
certainly has in mind a scenario in which stealthy Raptors could fly ahead
undetected, quietly identifying and targeting enemy aircraft for the heavily
armed Eagles.

Other upgrades include an improved radar, an infrared targeting
system, and improved electronic warfare capabilities. The F-15 would also have
conformal fuel tanks attached to the fuselage, giving the plane even longer
legs while preserving the Eagle's maneuverability.

The Eagle 2040C is an upgrade package that would be applied to existing
F-15s. The package should keep the F-15 lethal until the U.S. unveils its next
generation air superiority fighteróright around 2040.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...he-f-15-eagle/
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Israel is showing interest in buying F-15 Silent Eagles.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/mili...-eagle-israel/
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The Eagles are getting old. I say to who ever beats Hillary into the ground next November restart the Raptor production line and get the FAXX on deck for U.S. Navy.
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