The only new fighters Boeing is now producing for the Air Force are the F-15EX, an upgraded and modernized version of the fourth-generation F-15E. The first models of F-15s began flying in the mid-1970s.
The country has already begun efforts to integrate the network-enabled munition on its F-35 fleet, and the head of Norway’s F-35 project office said in a July 18 statement the weapon will play an important role in helping the country begin initial operations for its Joint Strike Fighter fleet.
Companies at the Farnborough Airshow this week are highlighting their investments in aviation sustainability, and executives say that while much of this work is driven by U.K. government requirements, it will have ripple effects across business areas.
With BAE headquartered in the United Kingdom and Leonardo in Italy, the companies say the arrangement strengthens the relationship between Britain and Italy, who are partnered for Future Combat Air System development.
The two services have been conducting reviews and meeting with industry over the last year to define their distinct roles in providing tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and develop a plan for a space-based ground moving target indicator capability.
The Air Force's acquisition executive said today that in order to make fast progress on its "operational imperatives," the service must take advantage of mature technology developed by industry and the scientific community through organizations like the Air Force Research Laboratory, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Defense Innovation Unit.
The medium and longer term implications of the war in Ukraine, and what it will mean for the defense of Europe and NATO, will likely be a hot topic at the Farnborough International Air Show next week, BAE Chief Executive Tom Arseneault said.
Britain’s Defence Ministry has made a deal with industry to upgrade Royal Air Force Typhoon jets with a new active electronically scanned array radar and other new technologies, Defence Procurement Minister Jeremy Quin said.
The conundrum of overcoming enemy air defenses is currently on display in Ukraine, where Ukrainian and Russian air-defense capabilities are effectively canceling out the other side's air power arsenal.