Speaking with media at the show, Rob Novotny, executive director for F-15 business development at Boeing, said that everything is brand new in the F-15EX ‘from the tip to the tale’.
‘We digitally redesigned to forward fuselage and brought that production back to [Boeing's plant in] St. Louis so we’ve applied our full-size turbine assembly technology to [that],’ Novotny said.
I wonder how long it will take before we see a carrier based strike unmanned aerial vehicle. The US seemed like they were headed in that direction with the UCLASS program and the X-47 platform. I guess the technology just isn’t ready yet. I am not sure that MQ-9 based platforms are really useful on a carrier, but what do I know.A demonstrator of the new US Mojave drone took of and landed from UK’s QE2 aircraft carrier, demonstrating the capability to operate on carriers without catapults, although with a much reduced payload as explained in one of the figures in the following USNI article: