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Report to Congress on F-15EX Eagle II Fighter

On March 11, 2021, the U.S. Air Force took delivery of its first F-15EX Eagle II fighter. The
Eagle II program is intended to deliver 144 aircraft to replace aging F-15Cs, most of which are in
the Air National Guard.

The Trump Administration’s FY2020 budget proposal included a request for $1.1 billion to buy 8
F-15EX aircraft, the first procurement toward a planned initial buy of 144. This proposal
represented a change from previous Air Force plans to procure only stealthy “fifth-generation”
fighter aircraft.

The subsequent FY2021 defense budget proposal requested about $1.27 billion in procurement funding for 12 Eagle IIs and $133.5 million in advance procurement for future aircraft. The proposed budget also requested about $159.8 million for F15EX research and development.

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