Dual-seat, multirole, fighter-bomber.
The F-15E "Strike Eagle", or "Mud Hen" as USAF pilots often refer to it, is one of the most capable aircraft serving with any air force today. Able to fight it's way into a target area and place weapons on that target and fight it's way out, the Strike Eagle is one of a small few designs which can make such a claim. The E's conception was to replace the USAF's fleet of F-4E strike aircraft. This along with the F-16, F-15E enabled the USAF to retire their fleets of A-7, F-4, F-105, F-111 bombers. Precision targeting and weapons placement make the F-15E worth several in number of previous generation aircraft.
The F-15E is capable of carrying almost every type of conventional and nuclear munition in the USAF inventory. Despite being a bomber in it's primary role, the E retains the air-to-air prowess of it's A and C-model progenitors. Being well-armed and capable is not enough on the modern battlefield. The F-15E can reach targets thousands of miles away, out of the range for most competing designs. USAF F-15E's deployed, can strike Iraqi targets in the morning, and hit targets in Afghanistan for the evening sortie from the same bases in Qatar.
The F-15E has seen action over the Gulf, in Desert Storm, the Former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and recently over Yemen. Two F-15E's have been lost in combat to this date. The USAF, Israel and Saudi Arabia have take their respective aircraft into combat. The USAF plans to keep operating the F-15E until 2035. Recent upgrades focus around replacing the original APG-70 RADAR with the AN/APG-82.
- Country of Origin: United States
- First Flight: 12/11/86
- Initial Service Date: 4/1/88
- No. Built: 405
- No. In Service: 335 (approx.)
- No. of Hardpoints: 15
- Crew: 2
2× Pratt & Whitney F100-229 afterburning turbofans at 29,000 lbf or 2 x General Electric F110 afterburning turbofans at 29,000 lbf
1 x M61A1 20mm. Vulcan gatling gun.
4 x AIM-7 Sparrow AAM's.
8 x AIM-120 AMRAAM's.
4 x AIM-9L/M/X Sidewinder AAM's, Python 4/5 AAM's (Israel only).
AGM-65 Maverick, AGM-130, AGM-84 Harpoon, AGM-84K SLAM-ER, AGM-154 JSOW, AGM-158 JASSM
B61 nuclear bomb, Mark 82/84 bomb, CBU-87, 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
|Length:||63 ft. 9 in.|
|Wing Span:||42 ft. 10 in.|
|Wing Area:||608 sq.ft|
|Height:||18 ft. 6 in.|
|Empty Weight:||31,700 lbs|
|Max. Weight:||81,000 lbs|
|Max. Ordnance Load:||16,000 lbs|
|Max. Payload:||24,250 lbs|
|Internal Fuel:||13,455 lbs||
|Max. Speed:||1,650 mph|
|Cruise Speed:||570 mph|
|Service Ceiling:||65,000 ft.|
|Normal Range:||2,100 nm|
|Max. Range:||3,450 nm|
Israel (IASF, 25 F-15I), Republic of Korea (RoKAF, 61 F-15K), Saudi Arabia (RSAF, 72 F-15S), Singapore (RSAF, 24 F-15SG), United States of America (USAF, 223 F-15E)
Random great photos of the McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle: