F-15 Eagle / F-15E Strike Eagle / F-15EX Eagle II

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Product Type:
Twin-Engine Fighter Aircraft

Using Service (US):
Air Force (USAF)

Program Status:
F-15C/D/E: Sustainment.
F-15EX: Procurement.

Prime Contractor:
The Boeing Company

The F-15E Strike Eagle

About the F-15 Program:



By Forecast International /// The following is a snapshot of the F-15 program. For complete data and a forecast outlook, please view our Military Aircraft Forecast

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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-15C/D/E 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. Radar-upgraded USAF F-15Es are equipped with the Raytheon AN/APG-82(V)1 AESA radar.

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.

The F-15EX Eagle II is a new twin-seat variant, which will replace the oldest F-15C/Ds in the U.S. Air Force inventory. The F-15EX will be based on the F-15QA (Qatar) configuration upgraded with US-only capabilities, including Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) from BAE Systems and the Suite 9.1 Operational Flight Program (OFP) software. The F-15EX is powered by two General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engines and equipped with the AN/APG-82(V)1 AESA radar. The expected procurement quantity is 144 aircraft and eight fighters were purchased in FY 2020 (Lot 1). The first F-15EX was delivered to the Air Force on March 10, 2021.

Currently, the Air Force is developing the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) fighter, which will be a 6th generation air superiority fighter. In September 2020, the Air Force announced it had secretly designed, built and flown at least one prototype of its new fighter. The NGAD fighter will replace USAF F-15C/D/E models and the F-22 Raptor.

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



Armament/Weapons:

The F-15C/D is equipped with an M61A1 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 M61A1 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.



F-15 Production Forecast:

A 15-year F-15 production forecast is available through Forecast International's Platinum Forecast System, which includes a breakout of total market unit and value statistics by manufacturer and end-user. This real-time service also includes information on all prime and subcontractors, contract awards, worldwide inventories, a complete program history, and a rationale detailing the outlook of the program. A 10-year F-15 production forecast is also available in report format through Forecast International's Military Aircraft Forecast service.



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 2021 & FY 2022 - F-15 DoD Program:

This data is available in Forecast International's U.S. Defense Budget Forecast, a comprehensive analytical database containing historical and forecast budget figures, year-to-year funding comparisons, congressional budget markups, program justification documents, and much more.




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

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