The fourth-generation fighter Boeing F-15EX Advanced Eagle, which is called the American analogue of the Russian Su-57, was repainted in the colors of the F-15C / D aircraft of the US Air Force (Air Force), writes The Drive.
The publication notes that during the last flight, the fighter was piloted by an Air Force pilot, not Boeing. According to the publication, the plane is currently in St. Louis (Missouri), from where it first took off in early February.
The Drive writes that subsequent tests of the F-15EX Advanced Eagle will be conducted at Eglin Air Force Base (Florida). The military should receive this aircraft in the second quarter of this year.
At the Air Warfare Symposium 2020 event in Orlando, Florida in February 2020, Boeing showed a mock-up of the F-15EX Advanced Eagle with a Multi-Purpose Booster overhead cargo, which will likely turn out to be a hypersonic missile or anti-satellite weapon.
The F-15EX Advanced Eagle received, in particular, a fly-by-wire control system, a digital cockpit, radar with an active phased antenna array (AFAR) and a modern electronic warfare system (EW). By 2030, the US Air Force intends to receive about 200 F-15EX Advanced Eagle units. The cost of the corresponding F-15 Eagle fleet renewal program is estimated at $ 23 billion.