The US Air Force’s latest fighter jet, the F-15EX, which is being pitched to the Indian and other air forces, has now been officially designated as the Eagle II, marking its significance in the legacy F-15 eagle platform that has been in service for decades.
The aircraft was given the official designation in a ceremony held at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida on Wednesday. Earlier in March, the service accepted the first F-15 Eagle II in service.
Washington intends this aircraft to be much more than an air superiority fighter with indications that it can be equipped with hypersonic missiles in the near future.
“Undefeated in aerial combat, the F-15 Eagle epitomized air superiority in the minds of our enemies, allies, and the American people for over 45 years, but it was not meant to fly forever. We heard the demand signal from our warfighters,” Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics military deputy said during the ceremony.
“I’m pleased to say we’ve responded boldly and decisively, with a proven platform that’s modernized and optimized to maintain air superiority now and into the future,” he added.
The air force also said that the 173rd Fighter Wing at Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, Oregon is in line to become the first F-15EX formal training unit in 2024.
The first operational F-15EX squadron will function in the Oregon ANG for critical homeland defense alert missions.