Boeing company has announced that the first F-15K Strike Eagle ordered by the
Republic of Korea Air Force (RoKAF) took off for the first time in Saint Louis.
The F-15K is an extremely improved derivate of proven US Air Force F-15E Strike
Fighter. In actual fact, the long range F-15K outperforms current F-15Es and
existing fourth generation aircraft.
Flown by two Boeing test pilots the aircraft surpassed Mach 2, accomplished both
engine shut-downs and restarts,
and breezed through instrument and avionics checks of primary backup
systems. This first flight was completed flawless paving the way for follow-on
flight test to validate the aircraft type and its systems.
The RoKAF selected the F-15K Strike Eagle in 2002 for its FX program after
intense competition with other fourth and fifth generation aircraft bidders.
Boeing was awarded a $3.6 billion contract to deliver 40 F-15K multi-role
fighters from 2005 through August 2008. The rollout ceremony has been
anticipated on March 16, 2005, in Saint Louis.
The F-15K agreement also included an important weapons package that will put the
lethality of the F-15K ahead of current and planned combat aircraft. The F-15K
weapons package includes Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs), Harpoon Block
II, SLAM-ER, AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9X missiles. In addition, the APG-63(V)1
radar, a helmet mounted cueing system, infrared search and track, third
generation navigation and targeting systems, and the infrastructure to support
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