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McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

Role: air superiority fighter, dual-role fighter
Builder: McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing
Variants: F-15A, F-15B (two seat aka TF-15A), F-15C, F-15D (two seat), F-15E (two seat, strike), F-15I (Israel), F-15J (Japan), F-15DJ (Japan), F-15K (Korea), F-15S (Saudi Arabia), F-15SG (Singapore)
Operators: USAF, Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Singapore

The F-15 Eagle is a true air superiority fighter with great speed and climb rate. Equipped with the APG-63 radar and later the APG-70 and its avionics make it an excellent platform for the AIM-7F Sparrow III and the more advanced AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air-to-air missiles. However the F-15 soon proved itself as a multi-role fighter also being capable for the air-to-ground role. The TF-15A was a combat capable tandem two-seater also designated F-15B.

The F-15C and the two seat variant F-15D are improved versions of the F-15 with the AGP-70 radar (a programmable digital signal processor, synthetic-aperture ground mapping and track-while-scan air-to-air capability), an uprated powerplant, and provision for low-drag conformal packs carrying fuel and fitted with tangential attachments for weapons.

The dual-role F-15E Strike Eagle is basically a converted F-15B/D trainer for the ground-attack role. It has a total of 18 external hardpoints and is capable of carrying a wide range of guided or unguided air-ground weapons and up to eight Air-to-Air missiles. And is also capable of delevering nuclear weapons.

The F-15I, F-15K and F-15S are designations for the export versions of the F-15E for Israel, Korea and Saudi Arabie respectively. Licensed built F-15C/D aircraft by Japan for designated F-15J/DJ. Korea has ordered the Boeing F-15K to replace its F-4 Phantom II fleet, deliveries have recently started.The F-15K is more advanced than the original F-15E, it has better radar and improved systems and a helmet-mounted cueing system.Singapore recently ordered the F-15SG (previously known as F-15T), another customized advanced derivative of the F-15E Strike Eagle, to replace the A-4 Skyhawk in the ground-attack role. In the near future, the order is expected to be followed up by an additional order for a second batch to replace the F-5s as well. The F-15SG will be equipped with the APG-63(V)3 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, which has become the baseline option for further potential export customers.

picture courtesy of USAF

picture courtesy of USAF

picture courtesy of USAF

picture courtesy of USAF

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