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Boeing and South Korea expected to enter deal for F-15SE Silent Eagle

If 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.

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RE: Where has Chillin been?
By HotFoot on 7/9/2010 10:34:16 AM , Rating: 4
At $100M/copy these F-15SE had better be very economical to operate. I originally thought the F-15SE was a great idea - a generation 4.5 fighter with some evolved/modernised design implementations on a well-proven and still excellent design. However, I'd hoped the price would have been closer to the F/A-18E/F.

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.

By inperfectdarkness on 7/9/2010 12:41:48 PM , Rating: 5
now you're catching on.

f-15 SE & F-35's are now eclipsing the incremental cost for f-22's. at what point do we finally kick ourselves for NOT listening to the USAF leadership who told us a LONG time ago that we needed f-22's?

just wait until the EOL airframe problems start attacking the entire fighter fleet EN-MASSE because we decided we could replace the legacy fighters on a 1:4 basis. you think maintenance is a headache on a 35 year old airframe? wait until the f-22 is the same age & has flown 4x as much to compensate for the lack of fighters.

RE: Where has Chillin been?
By 91TTZ on 7/9/2010 1:41:34 PM , Rating: 2
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.

The F-22 cost about $150 per aircraft (incrementally)

RE: Where has Chillin been?
By MrTeal on 7/9/2010 2:00:24 PM , Rating: 3
I'll take 10!

RE: Where has Chillin been?
By roadhog1974 on 7/12/2010 6:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
its the insurance that is the killer.

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