The US Air Force Has Ordered The Most Armed Fighters In The World F-15EX
Boeing Corporation has received a contract for the delivery of the first eight F-15EX fighters to the Air force. One of the main differences of the new aircraft is the ability to carry up to 22 air-to-air missiles on external mounts.
Talks about the delivery of the latest version of the F-15EX to the US air force have been active in recent years. Now, as the official website of Boeing reports, the Corporation has finally signed an agreement to supply the first such machines. "The US air force has awarded Boeing a contract of about $ 1.2 billion to build the first eight modern F-15EX fighter jets to help the force meet its needs and add power to its fighter fleet," Boeing said in a statement.
We intend to deliver the first two F-15EXS in 2021. The machines will be assembled at a facility in St. Louis, Missouri. According to the data provided, the cost of the entire agreement may amount to $ 23 billion: in total, Boeing can deliver 144 new cars.
The F-15EX is a deep upgrade of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle, which first took to the skies on July 27, 1972. Experts consider the car one of the most successful combat aircraft in history. According to the American aviation historian John Corell, as of 2008, F-15s have won 104 aerial victories without a single combat loss from the enemy air force.
The F-15EX version is one of the most "advanced" in the family. This aircraft is sometimes called "the best-armed fighter on Earth." And this assessment has a basis: according to previously presented data, the machine will be able to carry up to 22 air-to-air missiles and up to 28 new SDB-type aircraft bombs on external holders.
The US air force will have to decide on the type of powerplant. Previously, the Air force planned to equip its F15 EX with an F110-GE-129 engine from General Electric, but now it is preparing to hold an open competition. Pratt & Whitney is expected to introduce its F100-PW-229 engine as an alternative.
In General, in terms of its combat capabilities, the F-15EX will take place between the US air force-operated generation 4+ fighters and the new low-profile fifth-generation vehicles.
The US Navy followed a similar path. Recall that not so long ago, the F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet fighter took to the sky for the first time, a profoundly modernized version of the famous "deckhand." And in 2018, it became known that the Marine Corps decided to equip its F/A-18C/D with modern radars with an active phased array antenna.