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WASHINGTON: The US and India have held discussions on F-15EX fighter jets and the 2 respective air forces have exchanged details about it, a prime Boeing official has stated after the aerospace main obtained approval from the American authorities to supply its newest multi-role fight plane to the Indian Air Force.
The F-15EX is the most recent and most superior model of the multi-role, all-weather, and day and evening variations of the F-15 plane household.
“There have been discussions between the 2 governments and the 2 Air Forces have exchanged details about the F-15EX,” Maria H Laine, vp, Boeing International Sales and Industrial Partnerships advised PTI in a joint interview with Jeff Shockey, vp, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services.
“Since the US Government accepted our license request to supply F-15EX to India, we’re beginning to have extra discussions in regards to the platform,” Laine stated.
The US Air Force awarded Boeing an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling worth of almost USD 23 billion in July 2020, she added.
“It definitely sends a strong sign when the US authorities makes a dedication to a platform like this that they are in it or the lengthy haul and are displaying religion and confidence within the functionality and value level of the F-15EX– piques curiosity within the US and world wide,” Shockey stated.
In April 2019, the IAF issued an RFI (request for data) or preliminary tender to accumulate 114 jets at a price of round USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of many world’s largest army procurements lately.
The prime contenders for the deal embrace Lockheed’s F-21, Dassault Aviation‘s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian plane MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Boeing stated the F-15EX might be exhibited on the Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru starting subsequent week.
Responding to a query, Laine stated the Block III Super Hornet for the Indian Navy is the latest, extremely succesful, inexpensive and out there assault fighter on supply to India.
“We look ahead to responding to the RFP (request for proposal) when it’s launched later this 12 months,” she stated.
Headed to India to attend the Aero India present in Bengaluru this week, she argued that F/A-18 Super Hornet not too long ago demonstrated its compatibility with Indian Navy carriers by efficiently concluding the ski-jump check programme.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet choice gives a number of benefits to India, she stated.
With the Super Hornet being the frontline fighter for the US Navy, cooperation between the 2 navies in naval aviation can unlock the potential of cooperation in naval aviation, with the sharing of greatest practices in trendy naval aviation programs, service integration know-how, companies and coaching and weapon programs, she added.
“The F/A-18 can act as drive multipliers for the Indian Navy as it may interface with belongings corresponding to P-8I. In addition, with each one-seat and two-seat variants, Super Hornet is able to performing all missions from the service, together with coaching,” Laine stated.
The F/A-18 Super Hornet has the bottom operation and help value of any tactical plane within the US, together with single-engine fighters, she stated.
The US Navy operates greater than 600 Super Hornets and Growlers. Multi-billion greenback investments which have gone in infusing new applied sciences within the plane by the US Navy and several other worldwide clients.
“…..given the present financial setting, clients can profit from its inexpensive acquisition value and value of operations. The Super Hornet prices much less per flight hour to function than another tactical plane within the US forces stock, together with single-engine fighters, due to its sturdiness and ease of upkeep,” Laine stated.

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