New Boeing F-15EX Eagle II Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer – The 144 Boeing F-15EXs are planned to extend the life of the U.S. Air Force’s air superiority fighter, the F-15 Eagle.
New Boeing F-15EX Eagle II Review, Top Speed, Unit Cost, Manufacturer
|Type||F-15EX Eagle II|
|Unit Cost||$ 87.7 million|
|Year of development||2021|
|Development Status||Active and limited services|
|Engine||The two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220/PW-229 turbocharged engines provide 15,000 pounds of thrust and up to 30,000 pounds of heated thrust|
|Top Speed||1875 mph (3.017 km/h)|
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – The modern U.S. Air Force needs to fill a gap of 144 fighters, and Boeing’s most advanced development, the F-15EX, has been chosen to fill the requirement.
The gap arose after the initial production stoppage of Lockheed’s fifth-generation F-22 Raptor fighter and the delay of Lockheed’s F-35 Lightning II strike fighter program, necessitating a modern fighter with manageable costs.
Since the F-15 was still under strict maintenance by the US Air Force, a development of the same platform was chosen as the interface option.
This single-seat, twin-engine fighter is the workhorse of the U.S. inventory (along with the lightly equipped Lockheed F-16 Fighting Falcon) and has a long history of unmatched combat success.
The EX model is a further development of the original A model that began in the 1970s. The series was then expanded to include the two-seater B model, and then the improved F-15C (single-seater) and D models (two-seater).
The F-15E Strike Eagle, as its name implies, was designed for precision ground attack (starting with a two-seater).
The F-15EX is marketed by Boeing as a cost-effective search platform for the next generation of hypersonic weapons.
The product itself is an evolution of the earlier F-15X model (see this website for details), and is an improved single-seat version of the two-seat F-15QA model (36 of which are currently in service with the Qatar Air Force), the successor to the current F-15C and F-15D models.
The EX model will be equipped with the latest onboard systems, components, and technologies to meet current and future threats on the global battlefield.
As the aircraft builds on the maturity of the existing F-15, it will soon enter an accelerated development phase in 2021, with the first models sent to the U.S. Air Force for formal evaluation.
The EX model takes all of the Eagle’s inherent advantages of agility, versatility, and supersonic speed and adds new features that will further expand the battlefield for this outstanding fighter.
Externally, it has the same form and features as its predecessor, including a single manned cabin located behind the nose of the radar fuselage, side-suction engine mounts, a shoulder-mounted mainframe, and two vertical tail fins.
In addition, a tricycle (retractable) landing gear is used for ground operations. Up to 80 percent of the original F-15 will be retained and up to 90 percent of the same support equipment will be reused in the new design to reduce acquisition and maintenance costs.
The cockpit will be equipped with a large color multi-function display (MFD) with a touch screen, an integral part of the aircraft that provides the pilot with mission-relevant information and enhances situational awareness.
In addition, survivability is enhanced by an integrated electronic warfare system that provides enhanced protection for active search, tracking, radar, and missile systems.
In addition, the automation of onboard functions will reduce pilot workload and threat response time. Future development of the internal systems has also been factored into the F-15EX design, allowing for future integration of components.
In terms of offensive capabilities, the F-15EX will support all current and some future U.S. weapons from the outset, including air-to-air (AAM) missiles.
The aircraft is expected to have full removable fuel tanks to extend its range, dedicated combat pods under the wings and fuselage, and up to 22 hardpoints for AAMs in the abdominal air ducts.