It was reported by a senior executive on Thursday that the US government has issued a license to Boeing to offer its F-15EX jet to India. F-15EX is a 4.5 Gen Multirole fighter jet developed from F-15 Strike Eagle. It is regarded as one of the best multirole aircraft currently in service with USAF, IAF(Israel), RSAF, ROKAF, and Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
Boeing's F-15EX will compete with Su-35, Mig-35, Eurofighter Typhoon, Dassault Rafale, JAS 39 Gripen, F-21, and F-18 Super Hornet in MRFA competition launched by the Indian Airforce to acquire 114 multi-role aircraft to replace its Soviet-era fleet.
India and the United States have built close defense ties, with the Indian military buying over $20 billion worth of weapons in the last 15 years.
Lockheed Martin is also pitching its F-21 fighter to the Indian air force, offering to build the plane in the country to win the deal estimated to be worth more than $18 billion.