F-15 Eagle/F-15E Strike Eagle

Product Type:

Twin-Engine Fighter Aircraft

Using Service (US):

Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:

No more new aircraft will be procured. Focus is on upgrades, modifications and sustainment.

Prime Contractor:

The Boeing Company

The F-15E Strike Eagle

About the F-15 Program:





The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-Engine, supersonic, all-weather, day/night, air superiority fighter. The McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle is a twin-Engine, two seat, supersonic dual-role, day/night, all-weather, deep interdiction fighter with multi-role air-to-air capabilities. All F-15 aircraft in the U.S. inventory are powered by variants of the Pratt & Whitney F100 afterburning turbofan engine (and have two engines).

The F-15's superior maneuverability and acceleration are achieved through high engine thrust-to-weight ratio and low wing loading. A multi-mission avionics system sets the fighter apart from other fighter aircraft. The F-15 is an extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the U.S. Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the field of battle.

The F-15E and newer models of the F-15C/D are equipped with the Raytheon AN/APG-70 high-resolution multi-mode radar. Older F-15C/D models are equipped with the Raytheon AN/APG-63.

The ongoing U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP), will replace the entire AN/APG-70 radar system on the F-15E Strike Eagle with the Raytheon AN/APG-82(V)1 AESA radar. Another DoD program, the AN/APG-63(V)3 radar upgrade, replaces the mechanically scanned antenna on F-15C/D aircraft with an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) antenna that provides improved reliability and performance.

The F-15E's Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN) system from Lockheed Martin allows the aircraft to fly at low altitudes, at night and in any weather conditions, to attack ground targets. The LANTIRN system gives the F-15E extra accuracy for weapons delivery and consists of two pods (AN/AAQ-13 navigation pod + AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod) attached to the exterior of the aircraft. The F-15E can also be equipped with the Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR targeting pod (instead of the AN/AAQ-14). Also, the Strike Eagle can be equipped with the AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING Targeting Pod from Northrop Grumman. Another solution used on the F-15E is the Northrop Grumman AN/ASQ-236 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Pod (optional and externally mounted), which provides detailed maps for surveillance, generation of coordinates, and bomb impact assessment.

The F-15A made its first flight in July 1972 and, in November 1974, the first aircraft was delivered to the 58th Tactical Fighter Training Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, where training began in both A and B model aircraft. In January 1976, the first F-15 destined for a combat squadron was delivered to the 1st Tactical Fighter Wing at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. In 1979, the single-seat F-15C and two-seat F-15D models entered the Air Force inventory. The first production model of the F-15E was delivered to the 405th Tactical Training Wing at Luke AFB in April 1988.

As of May 2013, Boeing has produced more than 1,600 F-15 aircraft. According to Boeing, the Air Force plans to keep the F-15E Strike Eagle operational through 2035. As of September 2013, there are 468 F-15s in the USAF inventory (214 F-15C, 35 F-15D and 219 F-15E).

In addition to the United States, Boeing's F-15 customers include Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Singapore.



Armament/Weapons:

The F-15C/D is equipped with an M61-A1 Vulcan 20mm six-barreled gatling gun and carries a combination of AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles. The F-15E has eleven weapon stations (hardpoints) and is capable of carrying a wide array of ordnance. It is equipped with the M61-A1 Vulcan 20mm six-barreled gatling gun and carries AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles (AIM-9X Sidewinder projected), GBU-10/12 Paveway II laser-guided bombs, General Purpose Bombs, AGM-154 JSOW, AGM-158 JASSM, GBU-31/38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs as well as several other types of ordnance. For more detail, see specifications below.



Mission/Role:

The F-15 performs both air superiority and all-weather, deep penetration, and night/under-the-weather attack with large air-to surface weapon payloads.



FY 2014 DoD F-15 Program:

FY 2014 continues the F-15E APG-82(V)1 radar upgrade, the F-15C/D APG-63(V)3 radar upgrade, the F-15E JHMCS Upgrade, and the F-15C/D BLOS Communications modification. Procurement funds in the amount of $368.9M have been allocated.



FY 2015 DoD F-15 Program:

FY 2015 continues the F-15E APG-82(V)1 radar upgrade, the F-15C/D APG-63(V)3 radar upgrade, the F-15E JHMCS Upgrade, and the F-15C/D BLOS Communications modification. Procurement funds in the amount of $409.3M have been allocated.

The F-15E Radar Modernization Program (RMP), designated the APG-82(V)1, replaces the legacy radar on 394 F-15s (219 F-15E and 175 F-15 C/D) using existing technology from other DoD platforms. It solves parts obsolescence problems and provides improved reliability and performance (increased synthetic aperture radar range and resolution), including air-to-air and air-to-ground modes. Also provides for future growth.

The APG-63(V)3 radar upgrade replaces the mechanically-scanned antenna (MSA) on F-15C/D aircraft with an active electronically-scanned array (AESA) antenna that provides improved reliability and performance. The baseline for the (V)3 program is the APG-63(V)1 configured aircraft. The modification requires replacement of the antenna, power supply and upgrading the environmental control system. Other avionics which support radar functionality may also be upgraded.

The F-15E JHMCS Upgrade procures and installs the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) on the F-15E. This system adds high off-boresight cueing of weapons and sensors in the air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. For the air-to-ground mission, JHMCS improves an aircrew's ability to rapidly employ sensors and weapons against time sensitive off-boresight targets, minimizes F-15E aircrew exposure to ground threats, and enhances situational awareness. For the air-to-air mission, JHMCS increases F-15E situational awareness, survivablilty and lethality in engagements. Without this system, F-15E sensors limit an aircrew's ability to rapidly employ air-to-ground munitions and expose F-15 aircrew to "nose-on" ground threats. In addition, the F-15E cannot effectively employ high off-boresight weapons in the air-to-air environment, severely affecting F-15E survivablility against the current threat.

For more information, click to see the Complete FY 2015 F-15 Budget.




Sources: U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), The Boeing Company,
Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon Co.

Specifications Armament DoD Spending FY2015 Budget

Last Update: June 1, 2014.

By Joakim Kasper Oestergaard /// (jkasper@bga-aeroweb.com)

External Resources:



Boeing's F-15 Site: F-15E Strike Eagle
Raytheon: AN/APG-63 radar
Raytheon: AN/APG-70 Radar System
Raytheon: AN/APG-82 AESA Radar

YouTube: F-15 Strike Eagle | YouTube Videos

Fact Sheet: F-15E Strike Eagle | Fact Sheet

F-15 U.S. Defense Budget Charts:

DoD Spending on the F-15 Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
DoD Purchases of F-15 Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft in FY 2011, FY 2012, FY 2013, FY 2014 and FY 2015
Defense Budget Data

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DoD Spending, Procurement and RDT&E: FY 2011/12/13 + Budget for FYs 2014 + 2015

DoD Defense Spending, Procurement, Modifications, Spares, and RDT&E for the F-16 Fighting Falcon Defense Program

Download Official U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Budget Data:

Modification of F-15 Aircraft (USAF) Spares and Repair Parts (USAF)
Specifications

Aircraft Specifications: F-15 Eagle and F-15E Strike Eagle

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Aircraft Specifications | F-15E Strike Eagle

Primary Function: Air-to-ground attack fighter
Prime Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Corp. (The Boeing Co.)
Power Plant: 2x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220/229 afterburning turbofan engines
Thrust: F100-PW-220: 14,700 pounds dry thrust or 23,800 pounds with afterburning (each);
F100-PW-229: 17,800 pounds dry thrust or 29,100 pounds with afterburning (each)
Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13.0 m)
Length: 63.8 ft (19.4 m)
Height: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Weight (Empty): 31,700 lbs (14,379 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): 81,000 lbs (36,450 kg)
Payload: Up to 23,000 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 35,550 lbs (15,218 kg) - three external 610 gallon drop tanks plus internal fuel tanks
Speed: Mach 2.5+/1,629 kts/1,875 mph (3,019 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,288 m)
Range: Ferry: 2,086 nm/2,400 miles (3,840 km) ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
Combat Radius: 1,000 nm/1,150 miles (1,580 km)
Crew: Two (pilot and weapon systems officer)
Price/Unit cost: $31.1 million (FY1998 constant dollars)
First Flight: December 11, 1986
Deployed: Initial Operational Capability: September 1989
Inventory:
Total: 219 /// Active: 219, ANG: 0; Reserve: 0 (as of September 2013)

Armament/Weapons:
Main Gun: 1x M61-A1 Vulcan 20mm six-barreled gatling gun with 500 rounds of ammunition.
Typical Configurations: 4x AIM-120 AMRAAM + 4x AIM-9 Sidewinder (AIM-9X projected);
or 6x AIM-120 AMRAAM + 2x AIM-9 Sidewinder (AIM-9X projected);
or 1-4x AIM-120 AMRAAM + 1-4x AIM-9 Sidewinder AIM-9X projected) + many different combinations of other missiles and bombs.
These combinations can include up to: 4x AGM-65 Maverick; or 4x GBU-10 2,000-pound Paveway II;
or 9x GBU-12 500-pound Paveway II; or 2x GBU-15 2000-pound Glide Bomb; or 2x AGM-130 Air-to-Surface Missile;
or 3x GBU-24 2,000-pound Paveway III; or 2x 2,000-pound GBU-27 Paveway III; or 1x GBU-28 5,000-pound Bunker Buster;
or 12x CBU-87 1,000-pound Combined Effects Munition; or 12x CBU-89 GATOR Mine System;
or 12x CBU-97 1,000-pound Sensor Fuzed Weapon; or 12x CBU-103/104/105 Wind Corrected Munitions Dispensers (WCMD).
or 12x Mk 82 500-pound General Purpose Bombs; or 5x Mk 84 2,000-pound General Purpose Bombs;
or 12x GBU-38 500-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM); or 5x GBU-31 2,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).
Other Weapons Carried: AGM-154 JSOW (# carried unknown); AGM-158 JASSM (# carried unknown);
250-pound GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (# carried unknown).

Systems & Sensors:
Raytheon AN/APG-70 radar or AN/APG-82 radar
Lockheed Martin LANTIRN (AN/AAQ-13 navigation pod + AN/AAQ-14 targeting pod)
Lockheed Martin AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR targeting pod
Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V) LITENING targeting pod
Northrop Grumman AN/ASQ-236 Radar Pod (optional)

Aircraft Specifications | F-15 Eagle

Primary Function: Air dominance fighter
Prime Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Corp. (The Boeing Co.)
Power Plant: 2x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100/220 afterburning turbofan engines
Thrust: F100-PW-220: 14,700 pounds dry thrust or 23,800 pounds with afterburning (each)
Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13.0 m)
Length: 63.8 ft (19.4 m)
Height: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Weight (Empty): 28,000 lbs (12,701 kg)
Maximum Takeoff Weight (MTOW): (C/D models) 68,000 lbs (30,844 kg)
Payload: Depends upon mission
Fuel Capacity: Internal: 13,455 lbs (6,103 kg); Total: 36,200 lbs (16,420 kg) with three external 610 gallon drop tanks
Speed: 1,430 kts/1,650 mph (2,650 km/h)
Service Ceiling: 65,000 ft (19,812 meters)
Range: Ferry: 3,000 nm/3,452 miles (5,559 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external 610 gallon drop tanks
Combat Radius: 1,060 nm/1,220 miles (1,963 km)
Armament/Weapons:
Main Gun: 1x M61-A1 Vulcan 20mm six-barreled gatling gun with 940 rounds of ammunition.
Typical Configurations: 4x AIM-120 AMRAAM + 4x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder; or 6-7x AIM-120 AMRAAM + 1-2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder
Crew: F-15A/C: One; F-15B/D: Two
Price/Unit Cost: A/B models: $27.9 million (FY1998 constant dollars); C/D models: $29.9 million (FY1998 constant dollars)
First Flight: F-15A: July 27, 1972
Deployed: Initial Operational Capability: September 1975
Inventory (U.S. Air Force):
F-15C: Total: 214 /// Active: 106, ANG: 108; Reserve: 0 (as of September 2013)
F-15D: Total: 35 /// Active: 13, ANG: 22; Reserve: 0 (as of September 2013)

Systems:
Raytheon AN/APG-63 or AN/APG-70 radar


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