Boeing F-15EX fighter jet successfully completes first flight
Posted on 05 Feb 2021 and read 779 times
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F-15EX fighter jet completed its first flight earlier this week, paving the way for the delivery of the first two jets to the US Air Force in the spring. The jet took off and landed from St Louis Lambert International Airport, completing a 90min test flight before returning to the airport.
Boeing F-15 chief test pilot Matt Giese checked out the multi-role jet’s avionics, advanced systems and software. A test team monitoring the data collected during the flight in real time confirmed that the aircraft performed as planned.
Prat Kumar, Boeing vice president and F-15 program manager, said: “Today’s successful flight proves the jet’s safety and readiness to join our nation’s fighter fleet. Our workforce is excited to build a modern fighter aircraft for the US Air Force.
“Our customer can feel confident in its decision to invest in this platform that is capable of incorporating the latest advanced battle management systems, sensors and weapons due to the jet’s digital airframe design and open-mission systems architecture.”
The fighter’s digital backbone means it has the flexibility to serve as a testbed for future technologies, a key capability for the Air Force. Modern variants of the F-15 also include fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-new digital cockpit, modern AESA radar and the ADCP-II, the world's fastest mission computer.
The F-15EX, the most advanced version to date, features the Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System to improve mission effectiveness and survivability for operators.
In July, the Air Force awarded Boeing a contract to build the first batch of eight jets. Future plans call for as many as 144 aircraft.