SHAH ALAM: Boeing legacy fighters on steroids. Boeing – without any contract to produce stealth fighters – have reinvented its legacy fighters in order to prolong their service lives. The two are of course, the F-15EX and the Super Hornet Block IIIs. The re-invented fighters are meant for the US service, the USAF and USN, respectively, though it is also proposed for exports.
Boeing has also signed a deal with Japan to upgrade its F-15Js into the Japanese Super Interceptors. It is likely the parts and equipment for the upgrades will used the same things meant for the EX. The only difference is that the Japanese version will used the old airframes already in service with the Japanese Air Self Defence Force. The cost for the upgrade for 98 aircraft which include new AESA radars, mission mission computers and self defence systems was pegged initially at $4.5 billion.
As for the EX, on July 13,
The USAF awarded Boeing a nearly $1.2 billion contract to build the first lot of eight F-15EX advanced fighter jets to help the service meet its capacity requirements and add capability to its fighter fleet. The award also covers support and one-time, upfront engineering costs. Already under construction at the Boeing F-15 production facility in St. Louis, the first two jets deliver next year.
The USAF is also announcing the overall Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity contract with a ceiling value of nearly $23 billion for F-15EX.
“The F-15EX is the most advanced version of the F-15 ever built, due in large part to its digital backbone,” said Lori Schneider, Boeing F-15EX program manager. “Its unmatched range, price and best-in-class payload capacity make the F-15EX an attractive choice for the USAF.”
The F-15EX carries more weapons than any other fighter in its class, and can launch hypersonic weapons up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 7,000 pounds.
On June 17, Boeing delivered the first first two F/A-18 Block III Super Hornets to the US Navy for flight testing. One jet is a single-seat E model and the other is a two-seat F model. USN in May 2019, awarded a three-year contract to Boeing for 78 Super Hornets.
The Block III configuration adds capability upgrades that include enhanced network capability, longer range, reduced radar signature, an advanced cockpit system and an enhanced communication system.
According to the USN
“this new multi-year contract benefits the USN and Boeing by allowing both to schedule future production and Navy officials estimate this multi-year model saves a minimum of $395 million on this contract valued at approximately $4 billion
So what is this got to do with Malaysia then. Nothing really, just things to ponder on.
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