Boeing is able to secure an export license for the F-15SE "Silent
Eagle" jet, the company plans to offer it to South Korea and other
interested clients.Boeing and South Korean officials have
communicated about a possible deal over the past 12 months, but
Boeing has had to wait until the F-15SE's low-observable jet stealth
technology is evaluated.The U.S. contractor believes its
fighter jet is ideal because it's customizable and can support larger
digital cockpit displays, AESA radar, newer radar absorbent coatings,
and other features unavailable in older aircraft.The expected
price tag of the F-15SE is about $100 million, but can
changed depending on the technology and hardware installed.The
country reportedly "has
asked for information on Silent Eagle so now we've applied
for the [license] and we hope to get that before the end of the
month," said Brad Jones, Boeing F-15SE program manager, in an
interview. "As soon as the export license is provided,
then I can provide [marketing] information to a country."The
aircraft was publicly
introduced in 2009, and some military analysts believe it could
help fill a possible fighter gap. Boeing was unsure if it would
offer the F-15SE to other nations, but South Korea first asked in
late 2009 -- Boeing filed the necessary paperwork in early 2010, and
expects to receive approval to sell the aircraft.It's not
uncommon for South Korea, Japan, Britain, and other U.S. allies to
receive U.S. fighter jets in exchange for money and other forms of
compensation -- but the U.S. government must approve of any deals
before they're completed.The aircraft is a technological step ahead of U.S. jets
in use today (save for the F-22 Raptor), but still doesn't compare to the F-35
Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from Lockheed Martin.
quote: The F-22 was severely curtailed because it was to cost $93M/copy (incrementally). While it has some issues regarding support/availability, that $93M is starting to look like a bargain compared to the F-35 and now the F-15SE.
quote: "Despite the recognition that the IAF needs the new stealth fighter to maintain its qualitative edge within the Middle East, Israel has sofar delayed its decision due to a number of reservations by the Air Force, regarding the aircraft operational range, payload and avionic suite. Through all its recent aircraft acquisitions, Israel insisted including a comprehensive array of electronic systems, primarily electronic warfare suits, command, control and communications, as well as specific weapons operated by the IAF, that provided the Israeli variants of such fighters a qualitative edge over similar types operated by Egypt, Jordan or Saudi-Arabia. These systems also provided the new fighters to be fully integrated within the Israeli command and control system, optimally operate under all conditions, and be prepared to employ indigenously developed weaponry, such as the Spice EO standoff guided weapon or Delilah loitering missiles, which have to be individually integrated into the operating systems of IAF fighters."
quote: The two biggest areas of concern are the vertical stabilizers being slanted in the wrong direction and the canopy.
quote: Exactly why did we greenlight the F-35
quote: The rest is trillions in entitlements. Things that the federal government has no power to do under the constitution. Unlike raise and keep a military.