F-15K Slam Eagle
Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
3 March 2005
Also Known As: F-15K Strike Eagle, FX-I and FX-II
Origin: United States of America
Boeing* and KAI Korea Aerospace Industries (*) lead contractor
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Description: The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter aircraft designed to outperform and outfight enemy aircraft obtaining air supremacy for the US Air Force. It replaced the F-4 Phantom II in the US Air Force inventory. During the Balkan conflict the F-15s downed four Serbian MiG-29 Fulcrum and 33 out of the 35 fixed-wing aircraft downed during the Gulf War. The success key of the F-15 Eagle is combination of maneuverability, weaponry, advanced avionics and a pulse-Doppler radar system. The pulse-Doppler radar permits to engage multiple low and high flying targets at long range. The F-15's internal countermeasures system provides both threat warning and automatic delivery of countermeasures against selected threats. The F-15A/B aircraft entered service with the US Air Force in 1975. McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, has produced more than 2,000 aircraft to date for the US Air Force and several customers worldwide.
The F-15 Eagle air defense fighter aircraft is armed with an internal 20mm Gatling gun, four medium range AIM-7 Sparrow or AIM-120A/B/C AMRAAM missiles and up to four short range AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles. The key sensor provided to the Eagle is the APG-63 pulse Doppler radar which allows to engage the most elusive airborne targets flying at low altitudes. The A, B, C and D models of this aircraft were designed to fly exclusively air defense missions with none or near irrelevant attack capabilities.
The F-15K Slam Eagle is an advanced derivative of the US Air Force combat-proven F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft developed to meet the requirements of the Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF). The new aircraft is more survivable, maintainable and lethal than the F-15E models. The aircraft was re-designed to carry 23,000 pounds of payload, reach Mach 2.5 and incorporate the latest military technologies. Its multi-role capabilities will enable F-15K to perform air-to-air, air-to-ground and air-to-sea missions. It retains the long range feature from the F-15E aircraft. As of 2012, the RoKAF had ordered 61 aircraft with the first aircraft declared operational in late 2005.
The F-15K includes the advanced AN/APG-63(V)1 radar, improved ALQ-135 electronic countermeasures called ALQ-135M, a third generation targeting and navigation FLIR, an IRST (infrared search and track) for air-to-air engagements, the ALR-56C(V)1 warning system, and the JHMCS helmet-mounted displays. In addition, the F-15K is able to launch advanced weaponry already fielded or under development. The F-15K Slam Eagle is the first F-15E variant entitled to carry up to 12 JDAM/Mk-82 500 pounds bombs on the aircraft's conformal fuel tanks stations. The armament options of the F-15K also highlights Harpoon Block II, SLAM ER and AIM-9X missiles. The first batch of 40 F-15K aircraft are powered by F110-STW-129 (F110-GE-129) engines and the second batch of 21 aircraft are powered by F100-STW-229 (F100-PW-229) engines.
In 2002, the Republic of Korea ordered 40 F-15K worth $4.2 billion including a weapons package for its F-X program with deliveries beginning in 2005 and ending in August 2008. The F-15K Strike Eagle maiden flight occurred on March 3, 2005, in Saint Louis. Subsequently, the first F-15K for the Republic of Korea rolled out at Boeing's facility in Saint Louis, Missouri, on March 16, 2005. In April 2005, Boeing accepted the first fighter jet wing and forward fuselage made by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) in Sachon, South Korea. KAI will produce components for 32 of the 40 aircraft ordered by the RoKAF with the final assembly conducted in Saint Louis. The first two aircraft were delivered to the Republic of Korea Air Force during the Seoul Air Show in October 2005. On April 28, 2008, the RoKAF placed an order for another 21 F-15Ks powered by F100-PW-229 engines to be delivered beginning in 2012.
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