McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle

F-15E Strike Eagle
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USAF F-15E of 494th Fighter Squadron stationed at RAF Lakenheath
Role Multirole strike fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer McDonnell Douglas
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight 11 December 1986 (1986-12-11)
Introduction 30 September 1989
Status In service
Primary users United States Air Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
Israeli Air Force
Republic of Korea Air Force
For other users, see Operators
Produced 1985–present
Number built 513[N 1]
Developed from McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle

The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15E Strike Eagle is an American all-weather multirole strike fighter[3] derived from the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle. The F-15E was designed in the 1980s for long-range, high-speed interdiction without relying on escort or electronic-warfare aircraft. United States Air Force (USAF) F-15E Strike Eagles can be generally distinguished from other US Eagle variants by darker aircraft camouflage, conformal fuel tanks (CFTs) mounted along the engine intake ramps (although CFTs can also be mounted on earlier F-15 variants) and a tandem-seat cockpit.

The Strike Eagle has been deployed for military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Libya, among others. During these operations, the strike fighter has carried out deep strikes against high-value targets and combat air patrols, and provided close air support for coalition troops. It has also been exported to several countries.

  1. ^ a b c Davies 2002, p. 90.
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  3. ^ "Boeing: F-15E Strike Eagle". Boeing Defense, Space & Security. The Boeing Company. Retrieved 18 January 2015.

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