The F-15E Strike Eagle took to the air for the first time in 1986. It is equipped with air-to-air missiles that can be launched from beyond visual range and air-to-ground missiles that can penetrate enemy air and ground defenses and deliver up to 24,000 pounds of precise ordnance.
Since 2001, F-15E aircraft have been virtually exclusively deployed for close-air support by the US Air Force.
The Eagle achieves air supremacy through a combination of unrivaled maneuverability and acceleration, range, weaponry, and avionics. It has the ability to breach enemy defenses and outperform and outfight any modern adversary aircraft.
While operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace, the F-15 possesses electronic systems and armaments to identify, acquire, track, and strike hostile aircraft. The weaponry and flight control systems are designed to let a single person engage in air-to-air combat safely and effectively.
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With everything that this plane can do, here are some of the most important features. The F-15 can carry a wide range of air-to-air weapons. Using the head-up display and the avionics and weapons controls on the engine throttles or control stick, an automated weapon system allows the pilot to engage in aerial combat safely and efficiently. When the pilot switches from one weapon system to another, the appropriate weapon's visual guidance shows on the head-up display automatically.
The Eagle may be equipped with a variety of air-to-air armaments, including AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles on the lower fuselage corners, AIM-9L/M Sidewinder, or AIM-120 missiles on two pylons beneath the wings, and a 20mm Gatling cannon in the right-wing root.
The F-15E is a two-seat, dual-role fighter with complete integration for all-weather, air-to-air, and deep interdiction operations. Four multi-purpose CRT monitors for aircraft systems and weapons control have been added to the rear cockpit. The digital, triple-redundant Lear Siegler flight control system, which is improved by a ring-laser gyro inertial navigation system, allows for linked autonomous terrain following. We can see now how much the F-15 can do.
Now tell us, is the F-15 Eagle your new favorite aircraft?