Boeing Eyes 2020 Delivery of F-15EX Fighter Jets to Air Force

Boeing said it could hand over to the U.S. Air Force at least two engineering, manufacturing and development units of its Advanced F-15 variant as early as 2020, FlightGlobal reported Wednesday.

The company’s announcement comes after the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subpanel allocated $986M in funds for eight F-15EX fighter jets in its draft budget request for fiscal year 2020.

Boeing’s defense, space and security business produces 12 Advanced F-15 units a year at its St. Louis-based facility and could bring that number to up to 35 aircraft per year.

The company said it can quickly produce F-15EX jets from its production line due to the plane’s similarities to the Advanced F-15 aircraft.

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