April 10, 2021

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India, US start discussions on F-15EX multi-role combat aircraft: Boeing

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The US and India have held discussions on F-15EX fighter jets and the two respective air forces have exchanged information about it, a top Boeing official has said after the aerospace major received approval from the American government to offer its latest multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force. The F-15EX is the latest and most advanced version of the multi-role, all-weather, and day and night versions of the F-15 aircraft family.

Source: Money Control

According to a top Boeing official, US and India held talks about F-15EX fighter jets and respective air forces have exchanged information about it. The aerospace major received approval from the American government to offer its latest multi-role combat aircraft to the Indian Air Force.

The USAF has awarded Boeing an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of nearly USD 23 billion in July 2020.

It sends a powerful signal when the US government makes a commitment to a platform like this that they’re in it or the long haul and are showing faith and confidence in the capability and price point of the F-15EX piques interest in the US and around the world.

In April 2019, the IAF issued an RFI (request for information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of the world’s biggest military procurements in recent years.

The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Boeing said the F-15EX will be exhibited at the Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru beginning next week.

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