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The F-15EX and the Digital Century Series

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A U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle flies over the skies of Fresno California. Both aircraft are assigned to the 144th Fighter Wing, California Air National Guard, Fresno, Calif., Nov., 7, 2013. The 144th Fighter Wing says “farewell” to the F-16C Fighting Falcon after converting to the F-15 Eagle for the unit’s guard mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Roy Santana/Released)

Over at the National Interest I pull together some strands of thought on what the old fighter in new clothing might mean for aerospace procurement…

But this does not mean that the F-15EX experience will not serve as a useful test for the Digital Century Series (DCS) process. Boeing has noted that the F-15EX will include a set of design features that will enable rapid upgrades, and also access to the Air Force’s new battle management system, a key part of DCS thinking. Roper himself has touted the connections between the F-15EX and the DCS, notwithstanding the evident architectural gaps.

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