The upgraded F-15EX will be the heaviest fighter in the world

The Pentagon and Boeing have signed a contract for the construction of modernized F-15EX fighters. This was reported in the press service of the aircraft company.

The document states that the first batch will consist of 8 fighters, two of which will be transferred to the US Air Force in the second quarter of 2021, and the remaining six in 2023. The amount of the current contract is $ 1,2 billion. The aircraft will be placed at the base of Eglin (Florida), where the latter will be tested.

Moreover, in the future, the Pentagon plans to “acquire” 144 modernized F-15EXs, which will replace the F-15C / D. In this regard, an unlimited contract worth $ 23 billion has already been announced.

It is worth noting that the new modification of the fighter will make it the hardest in its class. The combat vehicle will be able to carry 22 air-to-air missiles or 28 SDB adjustable bombs.

In addition, the F-15EX will receive a reinforced fuselage and wing structure, advanced equipment, including radar warning systems and missile launches, as well as new engines. However, the main "highlight" of this model will be the ability to launch hypersonic missiles up to 7 meters long and weighing up to 3,2 tons. Presumably, we are talking about the Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control missile being developed by the AGM-183A ARRW.

And finally, the F-15EX will get another undeniable advantage. Unlike other modern fighters, including the F-35, it will be able to accelerate to three Mach numbers, which in turn will provide hypersonic weapons with a good starting speed.
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  1. Arkharov Offline Arkharov
    Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 14 July 2020 15: 02
    Drop dead platform turned out.
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) 15 July 2020 08: 35
      Quote: Arkharov
      Drop dead platform

      Or the fate of the SLS awaits him. For the second decade, a rocket is made of ready-made spent parts, 4 times more expensive than the Shuttle. Irish Mafia Management ...
  2. rotkiv04 Offline rotkiv04
    rotkiv04 (Victor) 14 July 2020 17: 04
    The point is small - to build.
  3. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 14 July 2020 20: 29
    So far, only slogans. The hardest, fastest ...
    In the West in the 30s of the last century, they joked: "The Soviet watch is the fastest in the world."
    Where is LTH? What engines will these LTX provide?
    But actually, there is a MiG-31BM.

    And by weight, the F-15EX clearly does not reach it. And in range too.
    With the old cabin, the MiG-31 flew 3000 km / h, because the glass of the cabin melted. Since 2018, cabin glazing is new and its speed is 3 km / h. And this is a real plane that is already flying.
    And the rest of the performance characteristics should be compared when the performance characteristics of the F-15EX are announced.
  4. Netyn Offline Netyn
    Netyn (Netyn) 17 July 2020 02: 17
    Quote: boriz
    And this is a real plane that is already flying.

    Lockheaded for 30 years, the Yak can not bring to mind, but here you right now take it and release)