F-15E is an upgraded, two-seat, all-weather F-15 capable of deep interdiction/attack, tactical nuclear delivery, and air-to-air combat. Strike Eagle is capable of sustaining nine Gs throughout the flight envelope. It first saw combat in Desert Storm in 1991.
F-15E’s large, varied load of precision weapons and 20 mm cannon gives it potent ground-attack capability. Radar-guided and IR-homing missiles give it an additional air-to-air capability. Its advanced cockpit controls and displays include a wide-field-of-view HUD and helmet mounted cockpit-cueing, and its avionics permit all-weather day/night engagement.
The F-15E carries LANTIRN, Sniper, and Litening ATPs on dedicated pylons. The “Dragon’s Eye” SAR pod fielded in 2009 provides all-weather surveillance/reconnaissance capability. F-15Es are equipped with Link 16 and BLOS SATCOM.
The Strike Eagle is undergoing major avionics modernization, centered on the new APG-82(V)1 AESA radar slated for fleetwide install by FY24. Eagle Passive/Active Warning Survivability System (EPAWSS) is a second major effort to replace its obsolete self-defense suite. Software is continuously updated on a two-to-three-year cycle integrating new mission capabilities as part of the Operational Flight Program in tandem with the F-15C/D.
Ongoing avionics upgrades include Suite 9 software, AESA electronic countermeasure protection, standardizing APG-82 radar configurations, MIDS/ JTRS to enable higher capacity, jam-resistant Link 16, and anti-jam UHF satcom. Future enhancements include AESA-compatible large-area digital displays for improved targeting and fratricide prevention, mountable IRST to discreetly engage air targets, and Data Transfer Module replacement to improve flight planning and debrief.
F-15E became the first type certified to deliver the future B61-12 guided nuclear freefall bomb on June 8, 2020, as well as the GBU-53/B SDB II StormBreaker on Sept. 23, 2020.
Contractors: Boeing (previously McDonnell Douglas); BAE Systems (EPAWSS); Raytheon (AESA).
First Flight: Dec. 11, 1986.
Delivered: April 1988-2004.
IOC: September 1989.
Operator: ACC, AFMC, USAFE.
Aircraft Location: Eglin AFB, Fla.; Mountain Home AFB, Idaho; Nellis AFB, Nev.; RAF Lakenheath, U.K.; Seymour-Johnson AFB, N.C.
Active Variant: •F-15E. All-weather strike aircraft derived from the F-15C/D.
Dimensions: Span 42.8 ft, length 63.8 ft, height 18.5 ft.
Weight: Max T-O 81,000 lb.
Power Plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220, each 23,450 lb thrust; or two F100-PW-229 turbofans with afterburners, each 29,000 lb thrust.
Performance: Speed Mach 2.5, range 2,762 miles with CFTs and three external tanks (further with air refueling).
Ceiling: 50,000 ft.
Armament: One internally mounted M61A1 20 mm six-barrel cannon (500 rd); four AIM-9 Sidewinders and four AIM-120 AMRAAMs or eight AIM-120s; most air-to-surface weapons in USAF inventory (nuclear and conventional) and ECM pods.
Accommodation: Pilot and WSO on ACES II zero/zero ejection seats.