Boeing F-15EX with ‘digital backbone’ completes first test flight

This week, Boeing’s F-15EX fighter aircraft successfully completed its first test flight. It might sound like the F-15 planes that the Air Force has flown for decades, but in many ways it’s a more modern fighter jet. It includes electrically operated flight controls, a fully digital cockpit powered by an ADCP-II mission computer, and most importantly for the Air Force, a “digital backbone” that will enable them to bring it to life. level with new technologies as needed. Boeing will deliver the first two F-15EX planes to the Air Force by the end of March.

The F-15EX will replace the Air Force aging F-15C and D aircraft, many of which have been in service for over 35 years. As some of these planes became risks to the safety of their pilots, the Air Force had to either modernize them or replace them with new ones. The Ministry of Defense has considered purchasing F-35 jets, but with the total cost of this program expected to reach $ 1.5 trillion, he chose the F-15EX as the more budget-conscious option instead. The first batch of eight planes will cost $ 1.2 billion, with the entire series of 144 planes not expected to exceed $ 23 billion.

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