F-15




F-15

F-15 Specifications
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Year Deployed:
fighter/bomber
US$85 million
US$41,921 per hour
one or two
Pratt & Whitney
2 x 29,000 lbs. ea.
31,634 lbs.
81,000 lbs.
24,000 lbs.
1- 20 mm
63 ft. 9 in.
42 ft. 10 in.
570 mph
1,875 mph
50,000 fpm
65,000 feet
3,450 miles
1988 (model E)





F-15

F-15

Although the F-15, called the Eagle and now produced by Boeing, first flew in 1972, it remains among the highest speed, fastest accelerating, most maneuverable aircraft in the world today.  It can fly missions day and night, and in virtually all weather conditions.

The F-15 can perform both as a fighter and bomber. It has the range, performance, and avionics to achieve penetration of enemy systems and overcome threats from the ground or air.

A high power to weight ratio and a computerized engine control system enable the F-15 to achieve a long range, excellent acceleration, plus a high top speed. The aircraft has a relatively low wing loading, enabling excellent maneuverability and slow speed performance.

The twin seat version of the F-15 has enhanced all-weather and deep interdiction mission capabilities. Avionics include four display screens that include radar, electronic warfare, infrared sensing, all around ground to air threat assessment, target selection, and a moving navigation map.

The model E “Strike Eagle” is crewed by the pilot and a WSO (Weapons Systems Officer) in the back seat. It can carry some 24,000 lbs. of ordnance. Its missions may include strategic strike and interdiction.

The radar and navigation systems provide the crew information for ground hugging to high altitude missions. The radar provides information on the range, altitude, and airspeed of aircraft at ranges exceeding 100 miles.

The latest F-15 aircraft can process 87 billion instructions per second of computing throughput.  They are equipped with high speed radar communications, long range Infra-Red Search and Track (IRST) capability and the Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS).  The systems allow the F-15 to “detect and identify air and ground threats, employ counter-measures, and jam enemy radar signals” using fully integrated radar warning, geo-location, situational awareness, and self-protection solutions.

The F-15 pilot and WSO are able to monitor numerous displays which are accessible while enabling the pilot to keep his hands on the controls of the aircraft during demanding flying conditions.

The F-15 model E has acceleration that is 40% better than prior models due to updated digital engine systems. Its engines can go from idle to maximum afterburner in less than four seconds, yet their fuel use has decreased by about six percent.

The airframe of the model E is capable of maneuvering at plus or minus nine times the force of gravity. This can be of lifesaving value during maneuvers such as evading incoming missiles.

The flight control system of the F-15 allows it to fly at speeds ranging from just above stall to supersonic maximums while providing complete control.

The F-15 is exported throughout the world. Its first action in combat came with the Israeli Air Force when F-15 aircraft downed Syrian jet fighters in 1977.   Israeli aircraft had additional victories over Syrian jets in 1982.

U.S. F-15 aircraft first saw action when they downed some 36 Iraqi aircraft during the Gulf War, and four Serbian jets in 1999 during the Balkans conflict.

Sales Contracts

On Dec. 22, 2017:  It was announced that Boeing will sell 36 F-15 aircraft to Qatar for some US$12 billion with deliveries to be completed by 2022.

Oct. 4, 2018:  It was announced that Qatar has contracted with Boeing for US$30 million for F-15 pilot training.

Aug. 30, 2019:  Qatar has contracted with Boeing in the amount of US$500 million for  F-15 aircrew and maintenance training to be completed by Aug. of 2020.

April 6, 2020:  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Boeing US$68 million for the F-15 Qatar program for “the Foreign Military Sales requirement for the Qatar Emiri Air Force and provides maintenance and logistics support for aircraft and training devices conducting pre-delivery training”.  Work should be finished by Dec. 21, 2021.

June 16, 2020:  The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center has awarded Boeing US$22,665,000 firm-fixed-price modification to contract FA8621-17-C-6398 for F-15 model SA aircrew training devices (ATD).  “The contract modification provides for the purchase and installation of a full mission trainer (FMT), a visual database for the area of King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia, and five years of contractor logistics support for existing ATDs.  Work will be performed in St. Louis, Missouri; King Faisal Air Base, Saudi Arabia; and King Khalid Air Base, Saudi Arabia.  This modification involves Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Saudi Arabia, and work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2024.  FMS funds in the amount of US$27,040,000 are being obligated at the time of award.  Total cumulative face value of the contract is US$93,740,000.” 

Upgrades

Feb. 23, 2018: It was announced today that the sale of 36 F-15 aircraft to Qatar will include “an advanced cockpit system with a large format display” and a new stronger internal wing structure. Boeing said that the upgrade is available to the U.S. Air Force and international customers if they wish to extend the service life of their existing F-15 fleets.

April 9, 2019: F-15 aircraft will be receiving upgrades to its ADCP II, Suite 9, electronic warfare computer from Boeing in the amount of US$91.3 million. The computer is said to be able to execute over 87 billion instructions in a second, and, according to Boeing, “is the world’s fastest flight mission computer”. Work is to be completed by December 28, 2021.

June 6, 2019: The F-15 fleet will be receiving upgraded Mode 5 capable IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) units with upgraded anti-jam interrogation and reply encryption. All upgrades should be finished by December of 2021.

Nov. 7, 2019:  The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Aviation awarded Aptiv Services 3 US LLC, Irvine, California US$28,370,372 for “F-15 aircraft electrical special purpose cable assemblies”.  Nov. 5, 2024 is the anticipated completion date.

Dec. 31, 2019:  The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Advanced Electronics Co., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, “US$13,704,009 for the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 model SA Cyber Protection System and related facilities program. This provides for Build 2 of the Cyber Protection System”.

“The scope of this contract effort will include the deployment of a Cyber Security Operations Center at Prince Sultan Air Base, the establishment of End Point Security (data-at-rest encryption using MS BitLocker), and additional System Integration Lab Instances.  This is a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) acquisition for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  FMS case SR-D-SAO is for the total package of acquisition and fielding of 84 F-15 model A aircraft; the upgrade of 70 F-15 model SA aircraft to the F-154SA configuration; the procurement of associated equipment, weapons, and spares; and the construction, refurbishment and infrastructure improvements of support facilities for the F-15SA in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” 

“Work will be performed at Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.  The total cumulative face value of the contract is US$133,813,236”

Jan. 10, 2020:  The U. S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Advanced Electronics, Saudi Arabia, US$17,022,427 “for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) F-15 model SA Cyber Protection System (CPS) and Related Facilities program. “This modification provides for three years of in-Kingdom Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) for the CPS. The scope of this contract effort will include the extension of existing CLS support for three additional years, as well as related mobilization, de-mobilization, transportation and housing expenses for CLS personnel”.

“This is a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) acquisition between the U.S. government and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, described in the Letter of Offer and Acceptance SR-D-SAO Amendment 5, dated July 5, 2015. FMS case SR-D-SAO is for the total package of acquisition and fielding of 84 F-15 model A aircraft; the upgrade of 70 F-15 model SA aircraft to the F-15 model SA configuration; the procurement of associated equipment, weapons, and spares; and the construction, refurbishment, and infrastructure improvements of support facilities for the F-15 model SA in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“Work will be performed at RSAF facilities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is expected to be complete by May 31, 2022. Total cumulative face value of the contract (to date) is $150,835,663.”

Jan. 30, 2020:  The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Boeing US$84,108,947 for “the F-15 Advanced Display Core Processor (ADCP) II Low-Rate Initial Production 4”.  This  “provides the production and integration of the ADCP II boxes and related equipment into the F-15 platform”.  Completion should be by July 22, 2022.

Feb. 7, 2020:  The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Honeywell Inc. US$1,635,018 for the first order of Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation Systems for the F-15 aircraft. This represents fiscal 2020 procurement funds from an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with estimated ceiling of US$3.5 billion for “production, sustainment and engineering technical services in support of the Embedded GPS Inertial Navigation System Modernization (EGI/EGI-M) system.  Work should be finished by Dec. 31, 2035”.

Feb. 25, 2020:  Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts awarded Tapestry Solutions Inc., San Diego, California, a US$28,390,620 contract to provide for the “F-15 software development of the v6.1 Mission Planning Environment and supports the F-15 Organizational Flight Program Suite 9.1 through sustainment of the previously-fielded v5.0 Mission Planning Environment for the Air Force and foreign country specific releases for the foreign military sales (FMS) client nations as well as the in-test v6.0 Mission Planning Environment”. 

“The foreign military sales effort allows continued support to incorporate requirements to provide country specific versions of F-15 Air Force Mission Planning Environment updates in accordance with each country specific FMS Letters of Acceptance between the U.S. government and the foreign government.  The Mission Planning Environment updates will be fielded outside the continental U.S. to the foreign military sales costumers with current Letters of Acceptance in place with the U.S. government.  This contract involves foreign military sales to Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Korea and Qatar.  Plans to include Japan and other countries are to be anticipated.”  Work should be finished by July 31, 2023.

July 17, 2020:  The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded Boeing US $22,890 billion “as an undefinitized contract action for the F-15EX system.  This delivery order provides for design, development, integration, manufacturing, test, verification, certification, delivery, sustainment and modification of F-15 model EX aircraft, as well as spares, support equipment, training materials, technical data and technical support.  Work is expected to be completed Dec. 31, 2023”.

To date over 2,000 F-15 aircraft in all versions have been produced.

 

F-15 Skymaster Jet

RC F-15

The RC F-15 from Skymaster Jet has a 56 in. wingspan and an 81 1/2 in. length.  It includes flaps and retracts.  You will need a jet turbine engine with from 15 to 28 lbs. of thrust to power it.

Freewing has a RC F-15 with a 38 in. wingspan that is 57 in long.  Included is a 4608 – 1680 kV motor turning a 90 mm fan unit, retracts and nav lights.  Weight is about 6 3/4 lbs.

EC Hobby’s RC F-15 comes ready to fly including a radio, flight battery and charger.  Its wingspan is 28 in. and length is 37 3/4 in.  Power is by a 2627 – kV 5100 motor with a 64 mm ducted fan.  It weighs around 23 oz. ready to fly.

There is a RC F-15 from FMS with a 28 in. wingspan that is 38 1/2 in. long.  It comes with a 2840 – 3150 kV motor turning a 64 mm EDF unit.  Weight is around 36 oz.

 




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