Boeing received a license to sell the F-15EX to India
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Two US fighter jets will bid for a medium-sized aircraft for the Indian Air Force, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Defence24. In addition to the F-21, the advanced version of the F-16 will also be the F-15. Boeing confirmed these reports. The company said it had already received the authorities’ consent to offer India the latest version of the F-15EX.
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Maria H Laine, Boeing’s vice president of international sales and industrial cooperation, said in an interview with India’s Press Trust that US authorities had given a preliminary license to sell F-15EX Advanced Eagle multi-role fighters. In this way, she acknowledged that there intensified talks between industry and government officials. The result will be the presentation of the F-15EX fighter at the Aero India 2021 air show, which is just beginning and will last until February 5.
As announced, the F-15EX is being offered to India as part of the ongoing MRRCA (Medium Multi-role Fighter) program, aiming to acquire 114 aircraft. Authorities want to allocate $ 15 billion for this purpose. Interestingly, this is not the only American fighter included in this program. Lockheed Martin will try to sell the F-21, which should be a serious upgrade of the latest version of the F-16 Block 70/72 fighter. The Swedish JAS-39E / F Gripen, the French Dassault Rafale, or the Russian MiG-35 can also participate in the auction.
A result of in-depth research
The new F-15EX fighter is a result of a study conducted over the past decade and a $5 billion investment by Boeing. Initially, they were held exclusively for the USAF’s needs, but Pentagon purchases’ slow pace attracted foreign buyers. Therefore, before Boeing could introduce the F-15EX in India, it had to obtain approval under the International Arms Trafficking Regulations (ITAR).
The most important feature of the F-15EX is the use of modern solutions in electronics and the open architecture of the applied system, which will allow further expansion of its capabilities. Cabin equipment for two e-war systems, software, and mission systems are also new. The F-15EX program should also be the platform on which the DevSecOps program will run to develop new, more sophisticated software.
Months later, in July 2020, Boeing received an order for the first eight heavy multi-role fighter aircraft, F-15EX. This order marks the beginning of a multi-year process with probably between 76 and 144 machines.
Boeing will fight to replace the obsolete MiG-29K
The Indian Armed Forces are implementing several programs to modernize military aviation. In January 2021, the Cabinet Defense Committee approved the issuance of the equivalent of $ 6.56 billion for 83 LCA (Light Combat Aircraft) Tejas fighters in the Mk-1A version, which will allow filling the gap after the last MiG-27 withdrawn. Last year. The fleet is also looking for replacements for MiG-29K fighters, which India will remove in 2034. One of the bidders in this production is Boeing F / A-18E / F Block III.
For this purpose, tests F / A-18 Super Hornet in the STOBAR type [Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery] performed, during which the aircraft takes off from the aircraft carrier. The fighter takes off, using the power of its engines off the deck in the form of a ski jump, not a catapult, as with most aircraft carriers. The landing is made with the help of the brake lines of the plane. This feature is needed because India has only one aircraft carrier – INS Vikramaditya – which uses the STOBAR system.
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