F-15EX maintaining combat mass

The US Department of Defense has finally secured funding for an initial batch of F-15EX Advanced Eagles from Boeing, but what does this fighter procurement mean for the US Air Force? Jamie Hunter evaluates the new strategy.

General Electric engines will power the F-15EX, a first for USAF Eagles.

As far back as 2017, the US Air Force started making overtures that it might consider buying a new fighter that wasn’t a stealthy fifth-generation aircraft. It broke a mould that was cast by Gen Michael ‘Buzz’ Moseley over a decade before when he was chief of the USAF. Moseley insisted that the USAF was only intent on procuring stealthy fighters and had zero interest in any proposals for new F-15s from Boeing.

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