Boeing – the world’s largest aerospace company – has published footage of the debut flight of the F-15QA fighter that was built especially for the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF).
Published on the Boeing Facebook page, the video shows the F-15QA fighter plane goes vertical after taking off for its first flight.
Boeing’s flight test team, headed by Chief Test Pilot Matt Giese, carried out precise mission guidelines to test the multirole plane’s capabilities. The plane demonstrated its maneuverability during its vertical “Viking” takeoff and by pulling nine Gs, or nine times the force of earth’s gravity, in its subsequent maneuvering in the test airspace.
The U.S. Defense Division awarded Boeing a $6.2 billion contract back in 2017 to manufacture 36 F-15 fighter jets for the QEAF. Boeing will begin delivering planes to the customer in 2021. As well as, Boeing was awarded a U.S. Air Force foreign military sale contract last year for F-15QA aircrew and maintenance training for the QEAF.
The F-15QA brings to its operators next-generation technologies akin to fly-by-wire flight controls, digital cockpit, modernized sensors, radar, and electronic warfare capabilities; and the world’s fastest mission computer.
Increases in reliability, sustainability, and maintainability enable defense operators to affordably stay ahead of current and evolving threats.
Through investments in the F-15QA platform and collaboration with the U.S. Air Force, Boeing is now preparing to build a domestic model of the advanced fighter, the F-15EX. F-15EX became a program of record for the Air Force when the National Defense Authorization Act for the fiscal year 2020 was signed in last December.