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October 4, 2015

BAE Systems to upgrade USAF’s F-15 fighter fleet

Boeing has selected BAE Systems to develop and manufacture a new, all-digital electronic warfare system for the US Air Force’s (USAF) F-15 fighter aircraft fleet.

By Samseer M

Boeing

Boeing has selected BAE Systems to develop and manufacture a new, all-digital electronic warfare system for the US Air Force’s (USAF) F-15 fighter aircraft fleet.

The new system is part of a multi-billion dollar programme to develop the Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS).

EPAWSS is an integrated system that is designed to offer advanced aircraft protection, improved situational awareness, and also to support future USAF F-15 mission requirements.

BAE Systems Electronic Combat Solutions vice-president and general manager Brian Walters said: "This selection builds on our extensive electronic warfare legacy, a history we were able to leverage to develop an executable, affordable, and low-risk solution for the F-15 fleet.

"By upgrading to an enhanced all-digital system, the Air Force, in conjunction with the platform prime, Boeing, will provide next-generation electronic warfare capability to F-15C and F-15E aircraft to help keep the platform capable and mission-ready against current and future threats."

The warfare system will replace the current F-15 Tactical Electronic Warfare Suite (TEWS), which has been in service since the 1980s.

EPAWSS needs a smaller footprint than TEWS and offers advanced electronic warfare capabilities.

"The Air Force, in conjunction with the platform prime, Boeing, will provide next-generation electronic warfare capability to F-15C and F-15E aircraft to help keep the platform capable and mission-ready."

Featuring advanced electronic countermeasures, radar warning, and increased chaff and flare capability, the new system will enhance aircraft protection.

In addition, EPAWSS will be able to meet future F-15 requirements including the capacity to detect and defeat threats in contested and highly contested environments.

The USAF’s F-15 is scheduled to be in service through 2040.

Recently, the USAF deployed four F-15 Eagle fighter aircraft and support personnel to Kecskemet, Hungary, as part of the European theatre security package.


Image: The F-15 fighter aircraft fleet. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Michael B. Keller.

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