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Air Force Receives First F-15EX Capable Of Carrying Hypersonic Weapons

•, by Tyler Durden

The fourth-generation fighter has been upgraded with larger weapon capacity and advanced flight control systems. 

"This is a big moment for the Air Force," Col. Sean Dorey, F-15EX program manager with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's Fighters and Advanced Aircraft Directorate, responsible for the acquisition, modernization and sustainment of the aircraft, said Thursday in a press release.

We first proposed the question in 2019 of why the Trump administration was rushing to procure an upgrade version of the 45-year old jet. We suggested, at the time, it was due to weapon capacity issues of the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor and Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II "were not able to accommodate heavier weapons, such as hypersonic missiles." 

Last month, the F-15EX completed its first test flight from St. Louis Lambert International Airport in Missouri. Here's a video of the flight: