BAE wins $140m contract to modernise USAF's F-15 fighter aircraft fleet


BAE Systems has received a $140m F-15 modernisation programme contract from Boeing for the US Air Force (USAF).

The multi-year contract was awarded as part of the USAF's Eagle passive active warning survivability system (EPAWSS) programme.

The programme is aimed at providing the air force's F-15 fighter aircraft fleet with an advanced electronic warfare (EW) technology upgrade, in order to maximise mission effectiveness and survivability against current and emerging threats.

BAE said that its new, all-digital EW system will provide advanced threat detection to help maintain the F-15’s air dominance, which is essential as this platform is scheduled to remain in active service for decades to come.

BAE Systems electronic combat solutions vice-president and general manager Brian Walters said: “Recognising the importance of providing this enhanced EW technology to our warfighters, our team responded during the first phase of the programme by not only meeting all set programme milestones, but in some cases exceeding expectations by several weeks.”

The engineering and manufacturing development contract from Boeing is a follow-on to the previously announced EPAWSS award.

"The engineering and manufacturing development contract from Boeing is a follow-on to the previously announced EPAWSS award."

The F-15 Strike Eagle is an all weather fighter that has been designed for air-to-air combat.

The 19.45m-long aircraft is powered by two P&W F100 or two GE F110 turbofan engines and it travels at speeds of more than Mach 2.5.

To date, Boeing has built more than 1,600 F-15s for six countries including the US, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.


Image: Three F-15 fighter aircraft in flight. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller.