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As F-15EX Price Tags Rise, Boeing Hunts for Ways to Control Costs

November 6, 2023

Audrey Decker

Defense One

Air Force Staff Sgt. Alex Henning conducts post flight checks on an F-15EX Eagle at Joint Base San Antonio, April 21, 2022. U.S. AIR FORCE / SEAN WORRELL

By Audrey Decker, Defense One / November 3, 2023

In the wake of news that Boeing’s F-15EX will cost more than expected, company officials say they’re hunting for ways to keep the fighter jet’s price tag down.

“We're looking at ‘how do we buy at scale’. We're looking at ‘how do we partner with suppliers for long-term affordability’. We're looking at ‘how do we control our own costs in the factory, whether that's kind of infrastructure cost or whether that's efficiency that we can continue to build in?’” Mark Sears, vice president of fighters at Boeing, told Defense One.

Three years ago, Boeing officials confidently predicted a per-plane flyaway cost of under $80 million. But they backed away from that earlier this year. In September, when the Air Force signed a contract for Production Lots 2 through 4—a total of 48 jets—officials said the per-plane cost for jets in Lot 2 was about $90 million.

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