The American heavy-armed fighter F-15EX Advanced Eagle received its official name. According to defensenews.com, the naming ceremony took place at Eglin Air Force Base.
The new American fighter jet, named the F-15EX Eagle II, was announced by US Air Force Procurement Chief Lieutenant General Duke Richardson during a deployment and naming ceremony held on April 7, 2021 at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
The general confirmed that the new F-15EX Eagle II will replace the older F-15C / D fighters in the US Air Force, which have an average age of 37-40 years. In total, the American Air Force will receive 144 newest fighters capable of carrying hypersonic weapon.
As previously reported, the first batch of F-15EX will include eight fighters, two of which the Air Force receives this spring (the first has already been delivered), and the remaining six only in 2023. All eight aircraft will be deployed at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where they will take part in tests. Serial deliveries are also planned from 2023.
It differs from previous versions of the F-15EX in modern avionics based on the concept of "digital trunk" and the architecture of Open Mission Systems (OMS), including the Raytheon AN / APG-82 radar series with an active phased array. The F-15EX is said to be capable of carrying up to 22 guided air-to-air missiles or "hypersonic weapons up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 7000 pounds." The fighter will only be delivered in a two-seater version.