IAF to supplement F-35 stealth jets with upgraded F-15 IA

Source: IAF to supplement F-35 stealth jets with upgraded F-15 IA

In addition to continuing purchasing F-35 multirole stealth fighters, IAF decides to upgrade its dependable F-15 fleet with improved model capable of carrying 13 tons of explosives with advanced avionics.
The new F-15 IA was chosen by the IDF and Israel Air Force (IAF) as the new fighter jet to be acquired over the next decade, according to an official announcement Saturday.
The purchase has already been approved by the government, and the first of the aircraft is expected to arrive in Israel as soon as 2023. In the meantime, the IAF will continue purchasing stealth attack aircrafts.

The F-15 IA performance, considered to be superior to the older F-15 aircraft—which has been in IAF use since 1998—is what swayed the decision.

F-15 IA (Photo: Boeing)

F-15 IA (Photo: Boeing)

Indeed, the new F-15 can fly longer distances, has higher survivability, more advanced avionic systems, and a much better ordnance-carrying capacity. The jet can carry up to 13 tons of explosives—a capability unmatched by any other attack aircraft.

In the field of air-to-air warfare, the F-15 IA plane is capable of carrying 11 missiles, in addition to 28 heavy, smart bombs for ground targets.

In addition, the aircraft has the capability to carry all the weapons at the IAF’s disposal, including unique Israeli-made missiles, laser and electro-optical systems, and more.

F-15 IA (Photo: Yoav Zitun)

F-15 IA (Photo: Yoav Zitun)

The plane was built by Boeing for the air forces of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and initially the United States Air Force (USAF), through which the IAF purchased the planes, pressed Israel not to request to purchase the jets.

This is because the Americans had an interest in continuing the development of the stealth F-35 line, which have been acquired by the US military’s air and naval forces.

In the past year the USAF has begun to take an interest in the new F-15 IA plane, which gave Israel the green light to enter negotiations for its purchase. It seems as though the Americans have agreed to supply Israel with the new plane on condition that it will continue purchasing the F-35 stealth attack aircrafts.

F-15 IA (Photo: Boeing)

F-15 IA (Photo: Boeing)

The IAF emphasized that the new F-15 will not completely replace the F-35 stealth fighter, but is intended to reinforce the systems currently in place to enhance the range of capabilities to an optimal position vis-à-vis its missions—from Iran to Gaza.

According to a document presented by the IDF to outgoing Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman recently, the IAF intends to complete the purchase of the third stealth squadron at a lower rate—with up to three planes a year. Once the third squadron is complete, approximately in 10 years time, the IAF will have at least 75 F-35 stealth aircraft at its disposal.

The document submitted to Lieberman is one of the last to be approved by the outgoing defense minister. All the IDF’s purchases in the US in the coming decade, totaling $38 billion, have been submitted for governmental approval.


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2 Comments on “IAF to supplement F-35 stealth jets with upgraded F-15 IA”

  1. wingate Says:

    “If it looks good – it flies good ” …
    The F15 looks amazing – its probably the best
    plane today worldwide – a ” pilots plane “…

    Check the video on youtube :
    ” F15 – the israeli way ” – its unbelievable…
    An amazing plane + a jewish pilot + the hands of the God of Israel…

    The F35 ? Well, I dont really know – ask a pilot.
    To me it doesnt look good / if you have just 1 engine, failing over Iran….huuuu

    • carlos lizarraga Says:

      Unfortunately and very sadly the USA and nations that fly the F35 will be losing pilots as well as this aircraft that has been a failure since its inception.Very small radius of operation and its stealth capabilities remain to be seen in a combat environment.This plane is the consequences of a corrupt military and industrial military complex that first and foremost are about profits and not the performance of the war machines they are producing.Cheers for the upgraded F15 and hopefully the F16 as well.It would not be a bad idea to remodel and update the F14 as well .

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