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THE NEW ISRAELI AIR FORCE “ADVANCED EAGLE” COULD BE THE F-15 2040C

The F-15 2040C concept is an evolution of the Silent Eagle proposed to South Korea, with some low-observable improvements but mostly focused on the latest air capabilities and lethality

As we have recently reported, Israel would like to place an order with Boeing for a squadron of F-15s.

A new advanced variant of the Eagle in fact would be the perfect aircraft not only to replace the Israeli Air Force (IAF) legacy F-15 fleet, but also to satisfy the service requirement for an additional type of combat plane to flank the F-35 stealth fighter.

Noteworthy, besides having an advanced active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, advanced attack capabilities and a crew of two members, no further details were emerged about the possible features of the aircraft.

But on Mar. 17, 2017 Flight Global told that, since Israel wants its new F-15s to carry more missiles, IAF advanced Eagles could be the 2040C configuration that Boeing was touting last year.

The F-15 2040C proposal has been conceived to be an F-15C upgrade, which would allow U.S. Air Force (USAF) to supplement the F-22 in the Air-Superiority role with a reliable, tested and cost-effective combat plane. The 2040C concept is an evolution of the Silent Eagle proposed to South Korea, with some low-observable improvements but mostly focused on the latest air capabilities and lethality. The 2040C would feature an infra-red search and track, a double number of weapon stations, with quad racks for a maximum of 16 air-to-air missiles, Passive/Active Warning Survivability System, conformal fuel tanks (CFTs), upgraded APG-63(v)3 AESA and a “Talon HATE” communications pod allowing data-transfer with the F-22.

However, even though Israeli talks with the US Department of Defense would be related to a potentially 20- to 25-aircraft deal, the decision on whether buying more F-35s or F-15s will be made after cabinet approval to procure new airplanes is obtained.

Photo credit: Boeing

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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