On Sunday in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Ted Colbert, CEO of Boeing Defense, Space, and Security, on ongoing and future collaboration.
The two men also discussed upcoming defense deals and the health of the global aerospace industry, including “the main points of advancements and innovations in the near and far future,” according to a government statement.
They did this during their discussion in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Colbert added, “It is absolutely, positively evident that we remain committed to serving Israel,” when addressing media at Boeing’s Tel Aviv offices. The F-15IA and the KC-46, two significant programs we are working on at the moment, serve as an example of this.
The purchase of 25 Boeing F-15EX Eagle II heavy fighters, designated F-15IA in the Israel Air Force, was publicly requested by the Israeli Ministry of Defense in January.
It also asked for the F-15I Ra’am, Israel’s version of the F-15E Strike Eagle, to be upgraded for 25 of its aircraft, according to Breaking Defense.
Israel ordered four KC-46A air-to-air refueling tankers in September 2022 to replace its converted Boeing 707s.
The upgrading of Israel’s fleet is usually seen as an indication that Israel is serious about the prospect of a long-range attack against Iran and its nuclear program.
When asked if the F-15IA could defeat Iranian air defenses, Colbert responded that from the standpoint of “air dominance, it can carry out” any mission.