posted on Nov, 21 2018 @ 11:21 AM
a reply to: anzha
The decision was first announced in January if i remember correctly.
They want to preserve their existing F-15 fleet and this was bascially the last opportunity to get new airframes. They did alot to overhaul the
existing fleet but there is only so much they can do even with a complete rebuild and those aircraft get pushed hard.
The F-15 purchase is part of a much larger deal with Boing totaling 11 Billion US-$. This includes CH-47s and V-22s for a mixed transport squadron
(CH-53 replacement), KC-47s (KC-707) replacement.
It was also reported previously that the deal includes modifications of their existing 25 F-15Is to the F-15IA standard. dunno if thats true though,
F-15Is are already getting upgraded. Maybe they'll get their radar replacement now.
Something to keep in mind, Israels Minister of Defense Avidgor Lieberman resigned recently. Not impossible that the deal will again be adjusted
First time I’ve read anything about US pressure on Israel not to purchase more F-15. Nothing about Israel wanting to either. Just the opposite, they
were vocal about the F-35 purchase continuing as planned.
Which is necessary, the IAF will have a hard time keeping their numbers up going forward.