Boeing's Newest Strike Eagle Makes First Flight


Released on Thursday, March 3, 2005
South Korea
United States of America
AGM-84H SLAM ER
AIM-120C AMRAAM
AIM-9X Sidewinder
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-15K Slam Eagle
GBU-30 JDAM
Harpoon Block II
AMRAAM - Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
ROKAF - Republic of Korea Air Force
The 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 advanced weaponry.

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