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Boeing: works at the St. Louis plant for F-15X aircraft

The go-ahead from the Congress to the acquisition could arrive soon -DATASHEET

Despite the fact that no order has yet arrived for the F-15X Eagle fighter aircraft, the Boeing aerospace company -according to the US press- would have started preparing the assembly line at the St. Louis plant in anticipation of the possible acquisition by the Department of Defense. The commencement of the work coincided with the request by the Air Force for Congress of about $ 8 billion needed to order 8 F-15Xs in 2020 and another 72 fighters in the coming years, in a "surprising" move for many observers and politicians, since USAF has been using the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors for years and is also putting the Lockheed Martin F-35s in full operation, both of a generation superior to the F-15s.

The Congress will probably approve the demand for aeronautics to a lesser extent and for this reason Boeing has decided to upgrade the Missouri city plant, so as to be ready quickly to re-open the F-15 assembly line in the new version "X" destined to prolong the life of the 1970s. The goal of the US company executives is to ensure that 3 F-15 airplanes can be produced every month at full capacity, against the current capabilities that would guarantee the realization of a single fighter.

Attached to this AVIONEWS is the datasheet of McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15C Eagle.

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