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MCDONNELL DOUGLAS / BOEING F-15 STRIKE EAGLE GALLERY

Role: Air superiority fighter, dual-role fighter
Builder: McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing
Variants: F-15A, F-15B (two seat aka TF-15A), F-15C, F-15D (two seat), F-15E (two seat, strike), F-15I (Israel), F-15J (Japan), F-15DJ (Japan), F-15K (Korea), F-15S (Saudi Arabia), F-15SG (Singapore)
Operators:
USAF, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, (Singapore)

The F-15 Eagle is a true air superiority fighter with great speed and climb rate. Equipped with the APG-63 radar and later the APG-70 and its avionics make it an excellent platform for the AIM-7F Sparrow III and the more advanced AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air-to-air missiles. However the F-15 soon proved itself as a multi-role fighter also being capable for the air-to-ground role. The TF-15A was a combat capable tandem two-seater also designated F-15B.

The F-15C and the two seat variant F-15D are improved versions of the F-15 with the AGP-70 radar (a programmable digital signal processor, synthetic-aperture ground mapping and track-while-scan air-to-air capability), an up-rated powerplant, and provision for low-drag conformal packs carrying fuel and fitted with tangential attachments for weapons.

The dual-role F-15E Strike Eagle is basically a converted F-15B/D trainer for the ground-attack role. It has a total of 18 external hardpoints and is capable of carrying a wide range of guided or unguided air-ground weapons and up to eight Air-to-Air missiles. And is also capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

The F-15I, F-15K and F-15S are designations for the export versions of the F-15E for Israel, Korea and Saudi Arabia respectively. Licensed built F-15C/D aircraft by Japan for designated F-15J/DJ. Korea has ordered the Boeing F-15K to replace its F-4 Phantom II fleet, deliveries have recently started.The F-15K is more advanced than the original F-15E, it has better radar and improved systems and a helmet-mounted cueing system. Singapore recently ordered the F-15SG (previously known as F-15T), another customized advanced derivative of the F-15E Strike Eagle, to replace the A-4 Skyhawk in the ground-attack role. In the near future, the order is expected to be followed up by an additional order for a second batch to replace the F-5s as well. The F-15SG will be equipped with the APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which has become the baseline option for further potential export customers.

 

Technical Specifications F-15C

 

Powerplant:

two 105.73 kN (23,770 lb st) Pratt & Whitney F100-P-220 turbofans

 

Dimensions:

length 19.43m (63 ft 9 in); height 5.63m (18 ft 5½ in); wing span 13.05m (42 ft 9½ in)

 

Weights:

take-off ('clean') 20.244 kg (44,630 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 30.845 kg (68,000 lb)

 

Performance:

max level speed at 10.975m (36,000 ft) more than Mach 2.5 or 2.655 km/h (1,665 mph); service ceiling more than 18,290m (60,000 ft)

 

Armament:

one 20mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds; 10.705 kg (23,600 lb) of disposable stores, including nuclear weapons, ASMs, AAMs, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, dispenser weapons, rocket launchers, napalm tanks, drop tanks and ECM pods, carried on nine external hardpoints.


 

Technical Specifications F-15E

 

 

Powerplant:

two 129.45 kN (29,100 lb st) Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofans

 

Dimensions:

length 19.43m (63 ft 9 in); height 5.63m (18 ft 6 in); wing span (over tip launchers) 13.05m (42ft 10 in)

 

Weights:

take-off ('clean') 14.515 kg (32,000 lb); Max Take-Off Weight 36.741 kg (81,000 lb)

 

Performance:

max level speed at high altitude ('clean') more than 2.655 km/h (1,650 mph); max rate of climb at sea level +15.240m (50,000 ft)/min; max range 4.455 km (2,762 miles)

 

Armament:

one 20mm M61A1 Vulcan six-barrel cannon with 512 rounds; 11.000 kg (24,250 lb) of ordnance , including nuclear weapons, ASMs, AAMs, anti-radar missiles, anti-ship missiles, free-fall or guided bombs, cluster bombs, dispenser weapons, rocket launchers, napalm tanks, ECM pods, and three auxiliary fuel tanks, carried on up to eighteen external hardpoints.