Boeing F-15EX fighter jet, regarded as the most advanced version of the F-15, has completed its maiden test flight, a milestone that is expected to facilitate early delivery of first two jets to the US Air Force (USAF).
The aircraft completed a 90-minute test flight from the St Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri, US.
During the flight, Boeing F-15 chief test pilot Matt Giese assessed the multirole jet’s avionics, advanced systems and software. Subsequently, a ground test team, which monitored flight data, noted that the aircraft performed as it was planned.
Boeing vice-president and F-15 programme manager Prat Kumar said: “Today’s successful flight proves the jet’s safety and readiness to join our nation’s fighter fleet.
“Our workforce is excited to build a modern fighter aircraft for the USAF. Our customer can feel confident in its decision to invest in this platform that is capable of incorporating the latest advanced battle management systems, sensors and weapons due to the jet’s digital airframe design and open mission systems architecture.”
In July last year, Boeing received a $1.2bn contract from the USAF to build the first lot of eight jets. The company now plans to deliver two F-15EX fighter jets later this quarter.
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Overall, the programme aims to acquire a total of 144 jets. The F-15EX jets are equipped with the Eagle Passive / Active Warning and Survivability System electronic warfare system and are expected to replace the ageing F-15C/Ds in the service’s inventory.
Recently, Boeing received a licence from the US Government to provide the F-15EX fighter aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF).