USAF could buy up to 80 F-15Xs (and risk losing part of its planned F-35 fleet) over a period of five years

Israel planning to use $11 billion U.S. military aid to buy the F-15IA “new generation” Eagle

By Dario Leone
Jul 31 2018
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The fighter will be designated as F-15IA and features certain stealth capabilities, such as radar-absorbing paint and internal weapons carriage

The Times of Israel says Boeing is expected to land a massive $11 billion deal to supply F-15s, CH-47s and KC-767s to Israel.

The money will come from U.S. military aid that is progressively paid out each year.

The upgraded fighter will be designated as F-15IA and features certain stealth capabilities, such as radar-absorbing paint and internal weapons carriage.

As we have previously reported former senior Israeli Air Force (IAF) officers told that the service future squadrons cannot rely on only one type of combat plane (the F-35), hence the need for new F-15s. Moreover the F-15 is capable of striking targets at longer ranges than the F-35 and to carry a heavier payload than the Lightning II.

Noteworthy the F-15IA will be more advanced than the Eagle variants sold to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Nevertheless IAF should add a third F-35 squadron at the end of next decade.

As previously reported new threats faced by Israel have placed the potential purchase of the STOVL variant of the Joint Strike Fighter as a high priority. The F-35B’s short take-off and vertical landing capability would enable it to operate from quickly-prepared landing strips close to the front and away from the fixed airfields which rapidly come under attack during wartime.

Israel planning to use $11 billion U.S. military aid to buy the F-15IA "new generation" Eagle
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Dario Leone

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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