F-15C/D Baz

Operator: Israel
Status: In Service
Number: 42 (originally 31; including 8 D models; some converted A/B models)
Cost: $775 million (part of ‘Peace Fox-3 & 4’ deals)
Acquired: 1982-1993
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Air Superiority*
Manufacturer: McDonnell Douglas
Introduced: February 1979
Power plant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220
Thrust: 23451 lbs per engine
Wingspan: 42.8 ft (13.05 m)
Length: 63.7 ft (19.43 m)
Height: 18.5 ft (5.63 m)
Weight (empty): 31700 lbs
Maximum takeoff weight: 81088 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 36,200 pounds (three external plus conformal fuel tanks)
Speed: 1903 mph (Mach 2.5)
Ceiling: 65,000 feet (19,812 meters)
Range: 3,450 miles (ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks)
Crew: 1 (C model); 2 (D model)
Armament: 11 x hardpoints or 16,000 lbs
Guns 970 x Internally mounted M61A1 Vulcan 6-barrel 20 mm cannon
Air-to-air AIM-7 Sparrow
AIM-9 Sidewinder
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Air-to-ground GBU-15 2,000 lb optically-guided glide-bombs*
GBU-31 2,000 lb JDAM bomb*
Radar/Sensors: AN/APG-63
Notes: *Israel modified their F-15C/Ds to carry air-to-ground guided munitions.

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