The Boeing corporation has announced that the Standoff Land Attack Missile
Expanded Response (SLAM-ER) successfully conducted the first flight on an F-15E
Strike Eagle aircraft.
This is a major step towards fully integration of SLAM-ER missile into Republic
of Korea's F-15K weapon system. In June 2002, the Republic of Korea selected the
F-15K aircraft for its F-X program along with a weapons package which included the SLAM-ER attack missile.
During this test, the F-15E aircraft carried the SLAM-ER missile and the AWW-13K
data link pod. Once in-flight Boeing gathered aerodynamic performance data. The
data will be useful for SLAM-ER integration on the F-15K aircraft.
The SLAM-ER will allow the Republic of Korea Air Force to attack targets from
safe distances up to 150nm (280 km) away. Flex-targeting capability enables
F-15K to aim a single SLAM-ER against multiple potential targets, re-directing
the missile to the highest priority target.
The SLAM-ER avionic integration testing on a fully instrumented F-15K aircraft
is planned for 2005, with the first live F-15K SLAM-ER launch against a ground
target in early 2006.
The SLAM ER was developed for the US Navy. It can fly a pre-planned route to the
target area utilizing GPS data and real-time Infrared imagery from missile's
seeker. Its data link enables pilots to select the target in the final stage of
In June 2002, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) placed an order for 40
advanced F-15K multi-role aircraft including 47 SLAM-ER attack missiles as well
as bombs and other missile types.
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