F-15E Strike Eagle

F-15E Strike Eagle

The F-15E Strike Eagle was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic warfare aircraft. It is an all-weather multirole fighter, derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.

Role : Multirole fighter, strike fighter
Manufacturer : McDonnell Douglas, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight : 11 December 1986
Introduced : April 1988
Status : Active
Primary users : United States Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, Israeli Air Force, Republic of Korea Air Force
Number built : 334+
Unit cost : F-15E: US$31.1 million (flyaway cost, 1998), F-15K: US$100 million (2006)
Developed from : McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle
Variants : Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle

F-15E Strike Eagle Specifications

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 63.8 ft (19.43 m)
  • Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13.05 m)
  • Height: 18.5 ft (5.63 m)
  • Wing area: 608 ft² (56.5 m²)
  • Airfoil: NACA 64A006.6 root, NACA 64A203 tip
  • Empty weight: 31,700 lb (14,300 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 81,000 lb (36,700 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F100-229 afterburning turbofans, 29,000 lbf (129 kN) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: Mach 2.5+ (1,650+ mph, 2,660+ km/h)
  • Ferry range: 2,400 mi (2,100 nmi, 3,900 km) with conformal fuel tank and three external fuel tanks
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 50,000+ ft/min (254+ m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon, 510 rounds of either M-56 or PGU-28 ammunition
  • Hardpoints: 2 wing pylons, fuselage pylons, bomb racks on CFTs with a capacity of 23,000 lb (10,400 kg) of external fuel and ordnance
  • Missiles:
    • Air-to-air missiles:
      • 4× AIM-9M Sidewinder or 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM, and
      • 4× AIM-7M Sparrow or additional 4× AIM-120 AMRAAM
    • Air-to-surface missiles:
      • 6× AGM-65 Maverick
      • AGM-130
      • AGM-84 Harpoon
      • AGM-84K SLAM-ER
      • AGM-154 JSOW
      • AGM-158 JASSM
  • Bombs:
    • B61 nuclear bomb
    • Mark 82 bomb
    • Mark 84 bomb
    • CBU-87 Combined Effects Munition
    • CBU-89 Gator
    • CBU-97 Sensor Fuzed Weapon
    • CBU-103 CEM
    • CBU-104 Gator
    • CBU-105 SFW
    • CBU-107 Passive Attack Weapon
    • GBU-10 Paveway II
    • GBU-12 Paveway II
    • GBU-15
    • GBU-24 Paveway III
    • GBU-27 Paveway III
    • GBU-28
    • GBU-31 JDAM
    • GBU-38 JDAM
    • GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
    • GBU-51 Paveway II
    • GBU-54 Laser JDAM
  • Others:
    • up to 3× 600 US gallons (2,300 L) external drop tanks for ferry flight or extended range/loitering time.

Avionics

  • Radar:
    • Raytheon AN/APG-70
  • Targeting pods:
    • LANTIRN or Lockheed Martin Sniper XR or LITENING targeting pods
  • Countermeasures:
    • Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems AN/ALQ-131 electronic countermeasures pod
    • Hazeltine AN/APX-76 or Raytheon AN/APX-119 Identify Friend/Foe (IFF) interrogator
    • Magnavox AN/ALQ-128 Electronic Warfare Warning Set (EWWS) – part of Tactical Electronic Warfare Systems (TEWS)
    • Loral AN/ALR-56 Radar warning receivers (RWR) – part of TEWS
    • Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems ALQ-135 Internal Countermeasures System (ICS) – part of TEWS
    • Marconi AN/ALE-45 Chaff/Flares dispenser system – part of TEWS
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