F-15 Silent Eagle fighter jet deal worth $7.7 billion was rejected by South Korea. The government voted against the procurement of 60 Boeing fighter jets. According to Reuters on Sept. 24, the bid was the only one eligible and under budget of three that were submitted.
'DAPA...will swiftly pursue the programme again in order to minimise the vacuum in combat capabilities,' South Korea's Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement.
F-15 Silent Eagle was rejected because it lacks crucial stealth capabilities. The South Korean government now says that they prefer Lockheed Martin's F-35A Lightning II, which was the second bid, because it is a more advanced fighter. Due to recent provocations from North Korea, there is a need for the latest aircraft technology. A third bid from Eurofighter's consortium-made Typhoon was over budget.
The F-15 Silent Eagle is an upgrade to the F-15E with new stealth features. This aircraft will be in the range of the F-35A, but will not match its stealth capabilities. Another consideration by Boeing was to only provide the level of stealth allowed by the U.S. government for export, but it was not good enough or the South Korean's.
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