The Israeli military is studying whether or not it should purchase additional Boeing F-15I jets in addition to the 50 Lockheed Martin F-35s it has ordered.
Tel Aviv believes it needs more than one strike aircraft in its inventory, as the F-15s have a larger weapons load to operate alongside the stealthy F-35s which will be most likely operating during the initial phase of a conflict.
During briefings ahead of the 12 December arrival of Israel’s first F-35s, air force officials indicated that they were considering buying more of the legacy Boeing fighters.
F-15 production is likely to continue into the 2020s if a provisional 72-aircraft deal with Qatar can be concluded.
If Tel Aviv decides to purchase additional Strike Eagles, funding would be drawn from a recently approved military aid package from the USA, which is worth $38 billion over 10 years from 2019.