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USAF F-15EX Contract Awarded

Old 15th Jul 2020, 01:24
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USAF F-15EX Contract Awarded

"The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $22,890,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8634-20-D-2704). The first delivery order has been awarded as an undefinitized contract action with a total not-to-exceed value, including options, of $1,192,215,413. It is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price effort for the F-15EX system. This delivery order (FA8634-20-F-0022) provides for design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, as well as spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; and at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $248,224,746; and fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $53,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity."

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Con...ticle/2272447/


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USAF Press Release:

The Department of the Air Force has awarded a nearly $1.2 billion contract for its first lot of eight F-15EX fighter aircraft.

The contract, awarded to Boeing, provides for the design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, including spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support.

The F-15EX will replace the oldest F-15C/Ds in the service’s inventory. Eight F-15EX aircraft were approved in the fiscal year 2020 budget and 12 were requested in the FY21 budget. The Air Force plans to purchase a total of 76 F-15EX aircraft over the five-year Future Years Defense Program.

“The F-15EX is the most affordable and immediate way to refresh the capacity and update the capabilities provided by our aging F-15C/D fleets,” said Gen. Mike Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command. “The F-15EX is ready to fight as soon as it comes off the line.”

The F-15EX is a two-seat fighter with U.S.-only capabilities. It features a deep magazine that can carry a load of advanced weapons. The platform also requires minimal transitional training or additional manpower and little to no infrastructure changes, ensuring the continuation of the mission.

“When delivered, we expect bases currently operating the F-15 to transition to the new EX platform in a matter of months versus years,” Holmes said.

The most significant difference between the F-15EX and legacy F-15s lies in its Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture. The OMS architecture will enable the rapid insertion of the latest aircraft technologies. The F-15EX will also have fly-by-wire flight controls, a new electronic warfare system, advanced cockpit systems, and the latest mission systems and software capabilities available for legacy F-15s.

“The F-15EX’s digital backbone, open mission systems, and generous payload capacity fit well with our vision for future net-enabled warfare,” said Dr. Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. “Continually upgrading systems, and how they share data across the Joint Force, is critical for defeating advanced threats. F-15EX is designed to evolve from day one.”

The first eight F-15EX aircraft will be fielded at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, to support testing efforts. The delivery of the first two aircraft is scheduled for the second quarter of FY21. The remaining six aircraft are scheduled to deliver in FY23. The Air Force is using the Strategic Basing Process to determine the fielding locations for subsequent aircraft lots.

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Originally Posted by RAFEngO74to09 View Post
"The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $22,890,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract (FA8634-20-D-2704). The first delivery order has been awarded as an undefinitized contract action with a total not-to-exceed value, including options, of $1,192,215,413. It is a cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, fixed-price-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price effort for the F-15EX system. This delivery order (FA8634-20-F-0022) provides for design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15EX aircraft, as well as spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support. Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; and at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, and is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal 2020 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $248,224,746; and fiscal 2020 aircraft procurement funds in the amount of $53,000,000 are being obligated at the time of award. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity."

https://www.defense.gov/Newsroom/Con...ticle/2272447/

https://twitter.com/BoeingDefense/st...02551004561413

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Reads like a make-work type of contract to keep skills occupied
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P-51EX is coming next. Digital backbone and all.
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The F-15EX is a two-seat fighter with U.S.-only capabilities. It features a deep magazine that can carry a load of advanced weapons. ​​​​​​
I find this intriguing; are they saying that the new variant will have a weapons bay, or has the F 15 always had one?
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Originally Posted by Harley Quinn View Post
I find this intriguing; are they saying that the new variant will have a weapons bay, or has the F 15 always had one?
The F-15 has never had a weapons bay and it’s hard to see how one could be added that could fit more than one or two missiles (possibly by bulking out the fuselage cheeks as for conformal fuel tanks). But they haven’t done that. So “deep magazine” is horrific jargon meaning “can carry a large number of weapons” which, compared to F-35 and F-22, it can.
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The F-15 has never had a weapons bay and it’s hard to see how one could be added that could fit more than one or two missiles (possibly by bulking out the fuselage cheeks as for conformal fuel tanks). But they haven’t done that. So “deep magazine” is horrific jargon meaning “can carry a large number of weapons” which, compared to F-35 and F-22, it can.
Thank you ES; just another case of the marketing department stretching the English language beyond what it can respectably be expected to bear I suppose.
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In the references I have found the F-15EX is the deep magazine.

The concept is that it pairs with either F-22 or F-35 whilst carrying a heavy load of stand-off/hypersonic weapons for which they provide targeting data.
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https://www.snafu-solomon.com/2020/0...and-f-15e.html

RFI issued for F-15EX and F-15E enhancements to plug known but classified capability gaps.
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https://warontherocks.com/2019/06/f-...ighter-debate/

F-15EX: THE STRATEGIC BLIND SPOT IN THE AIR FORCE’S FIGHTER DEBATE

......The modern F-15E shows how neatly compartmentalizing fighters into “generations” can be misleading and subconsciously shape our perceptions. Consider the fifth-generation F-35’s much-lauded sensor fusion. This is enabled by computing power, software, sensors, and algorithms; all items with high potential to scale to other platforms — and they have. Despite the hype, the reality is that almost all current fighters have had some form of sensor fusion for the better part of a decade. In fact, the newest, largest, and most capable radar and the highest computing power on a U.S. aircraft aren’t on a fifth-generation fighter — they’re on the F-15E.

In the time I’ve flown the F-15E I’ve seen it progress through seven major operational software updates (called suites) and various hardware upgrades, each more integrated and potent than the last. When the next software upgrade arrives it will have even more sensors and hardware. In fact, the only limitation keeping it from achieving sensor fusion on par with the F-35 is its cockpit displays. As an example of how sequestration and funding instability drive incoherent budget choices, nearly $12 billion in aforementioned F-15E sensor upgrades are still stubbornly pushed through 1980s displays that use cathode-ray tubes to produce low-quality analog video that aren’t even all color, let alone digital, touchscreen, or high-resolution. The impressive F-35 cockpit has all of this, and that makes all the difference. The F-15EX enhanced cockpit displays mirror the newest displays coming to both F/A-18 Block III and F-35 Block 4, mostly because they are all made by the same company.







Figure 9. Boeing F-15E outfitted with AMBER rack prototypes on lower weapon stations. With no other changes, this rack would expand current F-15E missile capacity from eight to 14 AIM-120s. Because it connects via standard bomb attachment lugs, the rack should also easily fit the F-35A inboard wing stations to double its missile capacity for non-stealth air defense missions. (Image: U.S. Air Force.)
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Indonesia to boost air force with F-15EX, Rafale jets (aa.com.tr)

Indonesia seems to think they will get some of these next year.
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Diminishing vision coupled with juvenile interest drew my attention to the heading for this thread - but then I discover it's about aircraft !!
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Looking at the impressive rear cockpit in the EX one wonders why they still persist with a CWP, surely they could replace that with a smaller simple lcd screen that could bring up the different warnings on one screen and say prioritise them in order they need addressing., so instead of having a scattering of lights coming on and then having to diagnose the primary fault to rectify / workaround, one could rapidly address the cause.


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NutLoose, CWP. Perhaps an issue of interface.
The original (old) aircraft systems / MWP may have been based on analogue interfaces; sensors, individual wires and lamps.

Latterly, with updates, the new operational systems would probably be all digital, interfacing with each other.
The cost of changing the older aircraft warning system (little need to interface with operational systems) could be judged as unjustified, particularly if the MWP concept still works.
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Thanks...........
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This caught my attention:

The F-15EX is a two-seat fighter with U.S.-only capabilities.
What's the reason behind that statement?
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This indicates it may be available to others.

https://www.flightglobal.com/defence...140140.article
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Thought one other points about it was you could sell it to people you wouldn't sell an F-22 or F-35 to...............
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