The newest U.S. Air Force fighter, the F-15EX, has completed a 90-minute test flight.
Deliveries are to begin this quarter say Boeing.
“Today’s successful flight proves the jet’s safety and readiness to join our nation’s fighter fleet,” said Prat Kumar, Boeing vice president and F-15 program manager.
“Our workforce is excited to build a modern fighter aircraft for the U.S. Air Force. Our customer can feel confident in its decision to invest in this platform that is capable of incorporating the latest advanced battle management systems, sensors and weapons due to the jet’s digital airframe design and open mission systems architecture.”
Boeing say that the fighter’s digital backbone means it can “serve as a testbed for future technology insertion, a key capability for the Air Force”.
Modern variants of the F-15 also include fly-by-wire flight controls, an all-new digital cockpit, modern AESA radar and the ADCP-II, a cutting-edge mission computer.
“The F-15EX, the most advanced version to date, features the Eagle Passive/Active Warning and Survivability System electronic warfare system to improve mission effectiveness and survivability for operators.”
In July, the U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a contract to build the first lot of eight jets. Future plans could call for as many as 144 aircraft.