F-15I Ra’am

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service
Number: 25
Cost: $1.76-2 billion
Acquired: 1998-1999
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: Boeing
Introduced: April 1988
Power plant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229
Thrust: 29,000 lbs per engine
Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13 m)
Length: 63.8 ft (19.44 m)
Height: 18.5 ft (5.6 m)
Weight (empty): 37,500 lbs (17,010 kg)
Maximum takeoff weight: 81,000 lbs (36,750 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 35,550 lbs (3 external tanks plus conformal fuel tanks)
Speed: 1,875 mph (Mach 2.5+)
Ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,288 m)
Range: 2765 miles
Crew: 2
Armament: 11 Hardpoints or 11 tons
Guns 1 x Internally mounted M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel 20 mm cannon with 500 rounds
Air-to-air AIM-7 Sparrow
AIM-9 Sidewinder
Python 4
Python 5
Air-to-ground AGM-65 Maverick
AGM-84 Harpoon
AGM-142 Popeye
MK82 bomb
MK84 bomb
CBU-87 cluster bomb
CBU-89 mine dispenser
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-24 Paveway III
GBU-27 Paveway III
GBU-28 Bunker Buster
GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb
Radar/Sensors: Upgrading to APG-81(V)1 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) from APG-70I
LANTIRN navigation and targeting pod system
Domestically produced electronic warfare (EW) system
Countermeasures/Defenses: Elisra SPS-2110
Misc Systems: DASH helmet mounted sight

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