F-15EX Eagle II for Poland?
Boeing is showcasing the F 15EX fighter aircraft to Poland as a potential US Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program. The announcement was made at the annual MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition where Boeing is highlighting advanced defense systems, capabilities and services.
“Poland’s interest in the F-15EX confirms its dedication to the preparedness and effectiveness of its military forces,” said Tim Flood, senior director, Global Business Development for Europe and Americas, in a Boeing news release. “The F-15EX offers superior interoperability, supportability and affordability along with a robust industry plan that would support Poland’s goal of developing independent defense capabilities.”
Boeing has made significant investments in the F-15EX making it the most capable multirole fighter aircraft in production today. The aircraft offers improved survivability and capability with:
- fly-by-wire flight controls,
- a new electronic warfare system,
- an all-glass digital cockpit,
- the latest mission systems and software capabilities,
- as well as the ability to carry advanced hypersonic weapons.
“The F-15EX is the world’s most advanced fighter with unmatched capability, lethality and survivability and is the right fit to strengthen Poland’s security needs,” said Rob Novotny, director, Business Development for Boeing’s F-15 program. “Through enhanced interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces, capacity for technology growth and a 20,000+ hour economic operational airframe life, Poland can expect the F-15EX to win in existing and future threat environments.”
As reported by Janes, a high-performance twin-engine multirole aircraft such as the Eagle II has been touted as an option for Poland after the Polish Air Force acquired 48 Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) FA-50 Fighting Eagle aircraft in 2022 to supplement the 48 in-service Lockheed Martin F-16 C/D Block 52+ and the 32 soon-to-be delivered Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II aircraft. Boeing’s offer to Poland comes in the midst of a Polish Ministry of National Defense (MND) effort to improve Polish Air Force (Inspektorat Sił Powietrznych: ISP) capabilities at very short notice.
The F-15EX is in production with two aircraft delivered to the US Air Force. Indonesia recently became the 8th country to select the F-15 and will become the first export customer of the latest FX variant when the sale is finalized.
Not only Boeing is pitching fighters to Poland: actually, the Eurofighter consortium has said it is offering its Typhoon to Warsaw, describing the jet as “the perfect fit” for the country.
Photo credit: Tech. Sgt. John McRell / U.S. Air Force