The Israeli Air Force is set to acquire a fleet of new F-15IA (Israeli Advanced) fighter jets.
According to a Government source, the acquisition of advanced version of F-15 has already been approved by the government with the first delivery scheduled to arrive in Israel by 2023.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) will continue acquiring F-35 warcraft.
Apart from the continuous purchase of F-35 multirole stealth fighters, IAF also will upgrade it dependable fleet of F-15s with an improved model capable of carrying 13 tons of explosives with advanced avionics.
The acquisition will be funded from U.S. military aid money, which comes to some $3.8 billion annually, over the next decade as the new planes are delivered.
F-15IA fighter is an affordable, low-risk solution that maintains capacity and adds a capability to the IAF. With various advancements to the earlier models, such as more effective engines and fly-by-wire avionics.