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F-15 Advanced Eagle

Multi-role fighter

F-15 Advanced Eagle

The Advanced Eagle is a proposed upgrade of the older F-15 air superiority fighters

 
 
Country of origin United States
Entered service ?
Crew 1 or 2 men
Dimensions and weight
Length 63.8 m
Wing span 13.05 m
Height 5.65 m
Weight (empty) 20.41 t
Weight (maximum take off) 36.7 t
Engines and performance
Engines 2 x General Electric F110-GE-129 turbofan engines
Traction (dry / with afterburning) 2 x ? / 131 kN
Maximum speed 3 017 km/h
Service ceiling ~ 18 km
Ferry range ?
Combat radius ~ 2 000 km
Armament
Cannon 1 x M61 20 mm cannon
Missiles up to 16 AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, 4 x AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles, 2 x AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles.
Bombs GBU-31/32 JDAM, small free-fall bombs

 

   The Advanced Eagle is not an entirely new fighter, but rather an upgrade of the older F-15 Eagle variants. It is also referred as F-15 2040C. By 2018 there were just over 200 older F-15 fighters in service with the US Air Force. Even though the original F-15 Eagle entered service back in 1976, and now in service for over 40 years, it remains a formidable warplane. This fighter was advanced at the time and was exported only to trusted US allies, including Israel, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Korea. It is an air-superiority fighter, designed to gain and maintain air supremacy. The Advanced Eagle also has a secondary air-to-ground capability. Upgraded Advcanced Eagles could complement F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II fighters. Though unlike these two fighters, the F-15 is not stealthy.

   The Advanced Eagle has 2 additional underwing hardpoints increasing the number from 9 to 11. This upgraded warplane can carry more missiles. There are new quad hardpoints on each wing for AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-range air-to-air missiles. So for a typical escort mission the Advanced Eagle can carry up to 16 of these air-to-air missiles, as well as four AIM-9X Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles and two AFM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles. Interestingly the F-22 Raptor can carry only up to 6 AMRAAMs in its internal weapon bay. The F-35 Lightning II can carry up to 4 of these missiles internally. Even though these advanced warplanes could carry some additional missiles externally, this would compromise their stealthiness and flight performance.

   For precision strikes the Advanced Eagle can carry up to 24 small diameter bombs, a single GBU-31 or GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM), or two AGM-88 HARM anti-radiation missiles.

   The Advanced Eagle can be fitted with external fuel tanks for extended range.

   There is an M61 20 mm cannon for close-range combat.

   Raytheon AN/AGP-82(V)1 or AN/AGP-63(V)3 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars are proposed as options.

   Another important upgrade is a Talon HATE sensors and communications pod. It allows the F-15 to receive sensor data from the F-22 Raptor. The Talon HATE is also an infra-red search and track sensor. Also this fighter can be equipped with digital Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing Systems for both cockpits. Other enhancements include a digital electronic warfare system.

   This warplane is fitted with two General Electric F110-129 turbofan engines.

 

Variants

 

   F-15X is a proposed newly-built aircraft, which incorporates technology of the Advanced Eagle. This multi-role fighter is being proposed as the F-15C replacement.

 

 

 
 
F-15 Advanced Eagle

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