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McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Air superiority fighter

F-15 Eagle fighter

The F-15 Eagle remains a formidable warplane despite its age

Entered service 1976
Crew 1 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 19.43 m
Wing span 13.05 m
Height 5.63 m
Weight (empty) 12.79 t
Weight (maximum take off) ?
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-P-220 turbofans
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x 65.26 / 106.0 kN
Maximum speed 2 655 km/h
Service ceiling 18.3 km
Combat radius 1 967 km
Cannon 1 x M61 20-mm cannon with 940 rounds
Missiles AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-7 Sparrow, AIM-9M
Bombs carried by its attack versions


   The F-15 Eagle remains the world's premier air-to-air fighter. Although now in service for over 30 years, it remains a formidable warplane, as attested by its claim to 36 of the 39 USAF aerial victories in Desert Storm, without a single combat loss.

   The USAF has around 500 F-15s; active-duty units operate F-15C/Ds while the Air National Guard squadrons are equipped largely with older F-15A/Bs.

   The Multi-Stage Improvement II upgrade for F-15C/Ds added APG-70 radar, AIM-120 AMRAAM capability, improved electronic counter measures equipment and the joint tactical information datalink system. The F-15A/Bs gained elements of the Multi-Stage Improvement II, as well as improved Dash 220E engines. Their radars were upgraded to APG-63(V)1 standard that incorporates features of the APG-70.

   Due to its capabilities the F-15 has only been exported to its most trusted allies. Israel has three units that are all based at Tel Nof; one unit operates the 13 ex-USAF F-15A/Bs delivered to Israel after Desert Storm. Saudi Arabia received 96 F-15C/Ds and equip five squadrons. It is likely that F-15s serving with Israel and Saudi Arabia were upgraded and received all or elements of the Multi-Stage Improvement II upgrade.

   Delivered from 1979 to 1996, the Japan Air Self-Defence Force procured a total of 163 F-15Js and 50 F-15DJs, all but 16 of which were manufactured under licence by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The F-15J/DJs are almost identical to USAF's F-15C/Ds, but lack the US tactical electronic warfare system and are therefore fitted with indigenous electronic warfare equipment. Japanese F-15 improvements include a radar and central computer upgrade, to a standard comparable to the USAF's Multi-Stage Improveent II F-15s. Other elements include upgraded electronic counter measures systems along with new forward-looking infra-red and infra-red search and track systems. With these modifications, the F-15J has the capability to carry fire-and-forget beyond visible range air-to-air missiles and possess much more resistance to any future electronic warfare threat. Production modifications were targeted for FY04, and about 100 F-15Js were planned to be covered by the upgrade. The F-15J/DJs primarily equip eight fighter intercept squadrons - a seven F-15DJs also serve with an aggressor unit.


F-15 Eagle

F-15 Eagle fighter

F-15 Eagle fighter

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