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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.