Thursday, 8 June 2017

Through Upgrades, Boeing Envisions Longer Utility of the F-15

by Bill Carey  - June 7, 2017, 12:09 AM

F-15 production is secure through 2019, and planned updates will keep the U.S. Air Force flying the multi-role F-15E Strike Eagle version into the 2040s, Boeing reports. The manufacturer also has a case to make for extending the life of the F-15C/D air superiority version of the 1970s-vintage fighter, which faces a shorter time horizon.

“The last time we delivered a Strike Eagle to the U.S. Air Force was in the mid-2000s,” Steve Parker, Boeing vice president for F-15 programs, told reporters visiting the company’s St. Louis-area manufacturing facility May 17. “Right now, over the last couple-year period, is the most amount of budget that has been allocated to the F-15 for some time—in excess of $12 billion of upgrades the U.S. Air Force is funding to take this platform into the 2040s and beyond.”............Read rest of article

Meanwhile, Boeing has a “good, solid backlog” of F-15 orders from international customers. The F-15s it is delivering today have service lives exceeding 20,000 hours based fuselage and wing redesigns over the last several years, as well as new technologies introduced by some of those buyers, Parker said.

Boeing will complete deliveries this year for another foreign customer that Parker declined to identify, but that AIN understands is Singapore. Another possible buyer is Qatar. The U.S. State Department approved the foreign military sale to that nation of 72 F-15QA multi-role fighters—an estimated $21 billion transaction—according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notification to Congress in November.

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