Boeing has been selected as the prime contractor for the US Air Force’s Eagle Passive Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS), which will be fitted to existing F-15 Eagle fighters. The selection, announced today, October 1, by the company, will upgrade the Eagles at a cost of around $4 billion. Boeing has selected BAE Systems as the subcontractor to develop EPAWSS.
Lt Col James Parslow, USAF F-15 EPAWSS programme manager, Fighter/Bombers Directorate, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, said: “As we look at future threats, enhanced electronic warfare is more essential than ever to improve overall survivability. We look forward to adding this next-generation capability to enhance the air superiority mission of the F-15.”
The new threat detection system will be installed on more than 400 F-15Es and F-15Cs, replacing the Tactical Electronic Warfare System (TEWS) currently installed on these aircraft.
Mike Gibbons, vice president, Global Strike Boeing F-15 programmes, said: “Warfighters of today and tomorrow need the latest in jamming, targeting, infrared threat detection and enhanced decoy capabilities. EPAWSS will ensure the F-15 is relevant and dominant through 2040 and beyond.” Alan Warnes