Additional Exports May Sustain F-15 Production Line
Defense Daily reports that Saudi Arabia is mulling a possible purchase of 6-12 F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. This would apparently be an attrition/follow-on order to complement 72 F-15S models ordered by the Saudis in 1993. The F-15S differs from its E stablemate primarily in its ground attack software, which has been modified to reduce capabilities in certain attack modes. Boeing has delivered all of the F-15S variants.
The Republic of Korea is also looking at the F-15E and reportedly will dispatch a team to the United States this fall to evaluate the aircraft for its upcoming FX fighter competition. The Boeing candidate is competing against the Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, and the Russian-designed Sukhoi Su-35 for the RoK requirement.
Source: Defense Daily