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.