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Air Force receives first F-15EX from Boeing

The F-15EX fighter jet demonstrates a vertical “Viking” departure during its first flight in February. Photo by Eric Shindelbower/Boeing
The F-15EX fighter jet demonstrates a vertical “Viking” departure during its first flight in February. Photo by Eric Shindelbower/Boeing

March 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force announced this week that it has accepted the first F-15EX from Boeing this week at the contractor's St. Louis facility.

"This is a big moment for the Air Force," Col. Sean Dorey, F-15EX program manager with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters and Advanced Aircraft Directorate, responsible for the acquisition, modernization and sustainment of the aircraft, said Thursday in a press release.

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The F-15EX is a two-seat aircraft that can be operated by a single pilot and has fly-by-wire flight controls, digital cockpit displays and advanced avionics systems including the Eagle Passive-Active Warning and Survivability System.

The jet completed its first flight in St. Louis last month, and the first aircraft was accepted by the Air Force on Wednesday.

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"With its large weapons capacity, digital backbone, and open architecture, the F-15EX will be a key element of our tactical fighter fleet and complement 5th-generation assets. In addition, it's capable of carrying hypersonic weapons, giving it a niche role in future near-peer conflicts," Dorey said.

The Air Force said it plans to acquire 144 F-15EXs -- the ceiling of a deal initially announced last summer -- from Boeing to refresh its F-15 fleet and replace aging F-15C/D models.

"I commend the dedicated efforts of the entire team for bringing this platform online in record time and in the middle of a global pandemic," said Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command.

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"With its open mission systems architecture and weapons capacity, the F-15EX will provide an outstanding capability for our nation for years to come," Bunch said.

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