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Is the F-15 a better fighter than the F-16? And why?
They both have some excellent qualities but have different capabilities, in the context Of the f/a-18 acquisition the f-15's much longer range and heavier load carrying capabilities made it a more potent weapon. For the narrower individual dog fighting air superiority role the f-16 is excellent, it's price which allows you to buy them at a rate of 2 to 1 against Eagles. For a large airforce like the USAF this means big numbers and the ability to use f-16 for what it's good at and free up f-15 for more complex duties. For a small airforce like the RAAF though where they would likely have less than 100 fighters, regardless of type, having 60 f-15s would result in significant difference in capabilities compared to 90 f-16s. It would certainly represent a very different posture (and VERY different percieved posture) from countries in the SEA region.
In a very basic and not wholly accurate way the f-16 is more defensive and the f-15 more offensive.