Boeing: F-15EX completes 1st phase of integrated testing

By Sarah Reed (Boeing News Now)

The F-15EX recently completed the first phase of its initial operational test and evaluation (IT&E) program with the launch of an AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM), the longest-range air-to-air and air-to-ground standoff munitions in the U.S. Department of Defense combat inventory.

 

“Proving the F-15EX capability to employ three JASSMs after witnessing validation of the air-to-air dominance role it can play is incredible,” said Maj. Calvin Conner, 85th Test and Evaluation Squadron F-15 division commander. “The firepower a four-ship of F-15EXs brings to a combatant commander is tremendous.”

 

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The JASSM was launched during exercise Combat Hammer, which took place at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, in August. The shot was executed concurrently with the 53rd Wing’s Weapons System Evaluation Program, which required a collaborative effort between the 83rd and 86th Fighter Weapons Squadrons. Details of the shot — the targets, ranges, etc. — are classified, but it was heavily evaluated, from weapon buildup, to employment and analysis of the missile’s routes, to target.

“This test showcases innovation and results in the rapid delivery of next-gen capabilities to the warfighter. That is exactly what our warfighters needs from us,” said Mark Sears, vice president, Boeing Fighters. “The F-15EX is the most affordable and immediate way to refresh the capacity and update the capabilities of the Air Force and we are ready to deliver additional aircraft later this year.”

 

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With F-15EX IT&E Phase I completed, data from this phase will be analyzed for final reporting to steer a full-rate production decision determination in the coming months. Boeing begins delivering combat-capable fighters to Air Force squadrons later this year.

 

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