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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Boeing recently decided to withdraw its F-18 and instead offered India F-15EX under Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft (MRFA) tender for 114 jets and Raksha Mantri who is presently in the United States got an aggressive briefing from the Boeing officials on their latest offer that seems to have backing also from the Biden administration that wants India to move away from Russian weapons systems.

F-15EX is a two-seat all-weather, multi-role fighter that offers fly-by-wire flight controls, new weapons stations, a new electronic warfare suite, advanced radar and computer, conformal fuel tanks, and a strengthened airframe. F-15EX resembles externally the original F-15A/B that flew over four decades back but internally it’s a different beast.

F-15EX can carry a 28 percent larger payload than the F-15E, its immediate predecessor with Open Mission Systems Architecture, which can deliver Advanced Battle Management Systems (ABMS) capabilities. Boeing claims that F-15EX with rapid technology insertion capabilities will ensure the platform remains relevant for decades to come.

The U.S. government has authorized Boeing to sell F-15 fighter jets to India, and that would be the F-15EX Eagle II variants. Boeing will face some tough competition from the likes of the Saab Gripen, Russia’s MiG-35 and Su-35 aircraft, as well as France’s Dassault Rafale, Lockheed Martin’s F-21, and the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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