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.
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.