DoD Eyes $1.2B Funding in FY20 for New Boeing F-15X Jets

The Department of Defense aims to include $1.2B in funding in its fiscal year 2020 budget request to support the acquisition of the newest versions of the F-15 aircraft, Bloomberg reported Friday.

DoD officials said the agency hopes to buy 12 of the new Boeing-built F-15X fighter aircraft for the Air Force.

The plan is part of the agency’s effort to replace the Air National Guard’s aging F-15C variant, which was last produced in 1980.

Boeing builds the F-15 in St. Louis in Missouri, in the same facility where the company manufactures its Super Hornets.

The company currently only offers the new F-15X to U.S. allies.

The DoD is expected to issue its FY20 budget request on Feb. 4.

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