Ankur Kanaglekar, head of Boeing India, reported discussions between New Delhi and Washington about the F-15EX, on January 28, 2021. The manufacturer received a license from the US authorities allowing it to offer the F-15EX to India. "Now that we have the license to market, we can speak directly to the Indian Air Force about the capabilities [of the F-15EX]”, Kanaglekar told local media. According to him, discussions should take place during the Aero India show, between February 3 and 5, 2021.

The offer could be made in the framework of the MRCA (multi-role combat aircraft) competition that India is holding to pick a new backbone aircraft for the air force fighter fleet. The program evaluates the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Dassault Rafale, the Lockheed Martin F-21 (a tailor-made version of the F-16), the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-15EX, the SAAB Gripen, the Mikoyan MiG-35, and the Sukhoi Su-35. The contract covers the acquisition of up to 114 fighter aircraft.

The latest iteration of the F-15 Eagle, the F-15EX is an air superiority aircraft with an increased payload capacity, fly-by-wire controls, a digital cockpit, modernized sensors, radars, and electronic warfare capabilities.

The U.S. Air Force hopes to eventually acquire 144 F-15EX fighters. Eight pre-production aircraft were ordered in July 2020, to allow the military and the manufacturer to test and fully define their applications. 

The U.S. Air Force officially signed the first order for eight Boeing F-15EX Advanced Eagle fighter jets on July 13, 2020. These pre-series aircraft will allow the military and the manufacturer to test and fully define their applications. The first contract is estimated at $1.2 billion.