Two New F-15EXs Featuring New Capabilities Arrive at Eglin AFB

EX3 and EX4 introduce advanced features including cockpit safety systems and SATCOM Upgrades
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Two New F-15EXs Featuring New Capabilities Arrive at Eglin AFB
F-15EX fighters (EX3 and EX4) @U.S.A.F.

The pair of F-15EX combat jets that recently landed at the U.S. Air Force’s Eglin Air Force Base, designated EX3 and EX4, introduce enhanced features setting them apart from the first two aircraft.

A key addition is the implementation of a cockpit pressure monitor and warning system, providing real-time monitoring of cockpit conditions for improved situational awareness during various operational scenarios.

Another notable upgrade is the integration of an ultra-high frequency antenna designed for satellite communications, enhancing the aircraft's connectivity and data exchange capabilities during missions.

In terms of structural modifications, the F-15EX boasts a forward fuselage specifically redesigned for the U.S. Air Force, addressing the unique requirements of the Air Force's operational objectives and potentially contributing to improved aerodynamics.

Lt. Col. Christopher Wee, Operational Flight Program Combined Test Force commander, acknowledged these enhancements, stating, "The delivery of the new aircraft paves the way not only for combat-coded aircraft to the U.S. Air Force but also for the continued development of this addition to the USAF inventory."

Two New F-15EXs Featuring New Capabilities Arrive at Eglin AFB
F-15EX fighter @U.S.A.F.

The two F-15EXs, assigned to the 96th Test Wing (EX3) and 53rd Wing (EX4), bring the total number of F-15EXs at Eglin to four, marking a continuation of the testing phase for the F-15EX program, with the objective of assessing the aircraft's operational effectiveness, suitability, and survivability against potential threats.

The F-15EX program at Eglin is scheduled to receive two additional aircraft in the future.

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