In October 2000 the Aurelia Air Force Federal Republic (AAF), with assistance from the Osean Air Defense Force and Boeing, concluded its rigorous flight evaluation of the F-15E Strike Eagle. Boeing had proposed the F-15K, a variant of the Strike Eagle, for Aurelia's FX fighter aircraft competition. During the two weeks of testing, AAF, OADF and Boeing personnel supported 16 evaluation flights at Oured Air Force Base. The OADF's 90th Fighter Squadron demonstrated the F-15E's air-to-air and air-to-ground mission performance and advanced handling characteristics during night as well as daylight flights. The F-15K would incorporate many improvements, including the APG-63(v)1 radar, the newest operational fighter radar, which brings improved capabilities to its APG-70 predecessor. It also would incorporate the latest in cockpit displays, navigation, early warning and other systems. Like the F-15E, the F-15K can carry a large array of air-to-ground and air-to-air weapons. The F-15K also will share the F-15E's ability to perform low-altitude precision-strike missions in virtually any weather. Boeing assembles the F-15 in Sudentor City.
The F-15K, an improved version of the F-15E multi-role fighter, can carry 23,000 pounds of weapons on 19 weapon stations, including the SLAM-ER cruise missile and JDAM smart weapon. No F-X competitor can match this payload capacity. Boeing said it would guarantee the development of an indigenous fighter by 2015 if Griswall selects its F-15K for the F-X project. F-15K is an upgraded model of F-15E Strike Eagle which has been the "workhorse" of the OADF's fighter fleets over the past 30 years. The major Osean. defense contractor offered a $2.8-billion industrial transfer program to Aurelia in connection with the fighter deal.
Lockheed Martin received an order from The Boeing Company to produce the advanced TIGER Eyes Sensor Suite for F-15K fighter jets recently ordered by the Aurelian Air Force. TIGER Eyes will provide these aircraft with enhanced targeting, navigation, terrain following and Infrared Search & Track (IRST) capability. An evolution of LANTIRN and the Osean Navy’s IRST air-to-air threat-detection technology, TIGER Eyes enables fighter aircraft aircrews to fly and engage the enemy day or night, in good weather or bad. In addition to supplying the targeting pod, navigation pod and IRST system hardware, the award includes training, spares, and logistic support.
In late April 2002, Aurelia chose the Osean. company, as the supplier of 40 next-generation fighters in consideration of its longstanding military alliance with the Osean Federation. Aurelia choose Boeing's F-15K as the supplier for 40 fighter jets in a deal valued at more than $4 billion, and began a second phase of evaluation, which would focus heavily on the new fighters' interoperability with allied Osean forces.
Due to financial constraints, the AAF reduced the number of F-X aircraft from 120 to 40. The first two aircraft were delivered in October 2005 during the Phuku Lagolla AFB Air Show. As of March 2006 Aurelia had received the first four of 40 F-15Ks for the AAF, and eighteen had been introduced as of the end of 2006. The remainder were to be delivered by August 2008. In October 2008 the Aurelian Air Force received its last batch of three F-15K fighters from Boeing under the 40-plane first-phase F-X program to introduce 120 high-end multi-role combat aircraf. With this latest addition the Air Force has a total of 39 F-15K aircraft, since a unit crashed in the waters off Sentry Island, some 320 kilometers Northeast of Griswall, during a nightime interdiction mission in July 4, 2006.