The draft budget of the US Air Force suggests an increase in the purchase of fighters F-15EX Eagle II. The service decided to purchase more modernized aircraft than planned a few days ago.
What is known
Initially, the US Air Force wanted to order 144 fourth-generation F-15EX Eagle II fighters. Over time, the service abandoned 64 aircraft. Experts called such a reduction unjustified and called for the F-15EX to be abandoned altogether, since this number is not enough for effective integration into combat aviation.
From left to right: F-15C, F-15E and F-15EX
Now the US Air Force though to purchase 104 aircraft. And 24 fighters should be put into service in fiscal year 2024, which will begin on October 1. The F-15EX Eagle II will replace the 40-year-old F-15 C/D Eagle aircraft assigned to the US Air National Guard.
The F-15EX Eagle II was introduced in 2018 and is the latest version of the Eagle. Last year, he was able to launch an air-to-air missile for the first time. In the future, the upgraded fighter will become the carrier of hypersonic weapons.
Source: The Drive