F-15S Strike Eagle

Operator: Saudi Arabia
Status: In Service (Modernizing to F-15SA)
Number: 65 (70 originally but 2 lost during training; 1 during Operation Decisive Storm; & 2 upgraded to F-15SA)
Cost: $9 billion
Acquired: 1995-1999
General Specs
Country of origin: United States
Role: Multirole fighter
Manufacturer: Boeing
Introduced: Apr-88
Power plant: 2 x General Electric F110-GE-129C
Thrust: 29,400 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: 2400 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-7M Sparrow
AIM-120C AMRAAM
AIM-9X Sidewinder
Air-to-ground AGM-65G Maverick
MK82 unguided bomb
MK84 unguided bomb
GBU-10 Paveway II laser guided bomb
GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided bomb
GBU-24 Paveway III laser guided bomb
GBU-31 JDAM guided bomb
GBU-38 JDAM guided bomb
CBU-105D/B cluster bomb
Radar/Sensors: AN/APG-70 pulse doppler multi-mode radar
LANTIRN navigation and targeting pod system
Countermeasures/ Defenses: AN/ALR-56C radar warning receiver
AN/ALQ-128 electronic warfare warner
AN/ALQ-135(V) radar jammer
AN/ALE-45 chaff dispenser
Misc Systems:

State Department Approves $1.29 Billion Sale of Air-to-Ground Munitions to Saudi Arabia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Saudi Arabia for air-to-ground munitions and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.29 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 13, 2015. […]

BAE Systems Wins $81 Million for Missile Warning System Spares for Saudi F-15s

BAE Systems Electronics and Information Systems Inc., Nashua, New Hampshire, has been awarded an $81,389,729 firm-fixed-price contract for Digital Electronic Warfare System Countermeasures Missile Warning System spares. Contractor will provide classified and unclassified spares line replacement units and line replaceable modules required for supporting the F-15 modernization program. Work will be performed at Nashua, New […]

Lockheed Martin Awarded $263 Million to Sustain U.S. and Saudi Sniper Targeting Pods

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $262,844,909 firm fixed-price contract with minimal cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for sustainment. Contractor will provide sniper advanced targeting, low-altitude navigation and targeting infrared for night navigation pod, and infrared search and track. Sustainment includes repair and return activities for line replaceable units. This requirement […]

Goodrich Corp. Awarded $25 Million for F-15 Reconnaissance Pod Training to the Royal Saudi Air Force

Goodrich Corp. – IRS Systems, UTC Aerospace Systems Co., Westford, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $24,500,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Royal Saudi Air Force F-15S/SA DB-110. Contractor will provide courseware development and training services. Work will be performed at Westford, Massachusetts; Birmingham, United Kingdom; and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is expected to be complete […]

Raytheon Awarded $227 Million to Produce AIM-9X Block II Missiles for the U.S., Israel, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Others

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $227,047,688 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-15-C-0092) for procurement of 447 AIM-9X Block II all up round tactical full-rate production Lot 15 missiles for the Navy (102), Air Force (243), and the governments of Japan (9), Korea (76), Romania (12), and Israel (5).  In […]

S&K Aerospace Awarded $7 Million to Support Saudi F-15s

S&K Aerospace LLC, Saint Ignatius, Montana, has been awarded a $7,423,986 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement, no-fee contract for services required for the repair and return of classified items to support the Royal Saudi Air Force F‐15 fleet. Work will be performed at Indianapolis, Indiana; Owega, New York; Talladega, Alabama; Irvine, California; Torrance, California; and Robins Air […]

Raytheon Awarded $47 Million to Provide Sidewinder Missile Support to the U.S. Military, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Others

Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $47,259,408 firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for mission support and sustainment for AIM-9X Sidewinder activities for the Navy, Air Force,  and the governments of Australia, Denmark, Finland, Korea, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Turkey under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work will be performed in Tucson, […]

Raytheon Awarded $180 Million to Provide Joint Stand-Off Weapons (JSOW) to Saudi Arabia

Raytheon Co., Missile Systems Division, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded an $180,360,062 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of 200 full rate production Lot 11 (FRP-11) AGM-154C-1 Unitary Joint Stand-Off Weapon missiles for the Navy and 355 AGM-154 Block III C Unitary Joint Stand-Off Weapon missiles for the government of Saudi Arabia, including associated supplies and […]

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

Is Israel About to Lose Its Edge in the Air?

In a September 2 letter to Congress, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that Washington would ensure Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME) in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal. The letter highlighted items the Obama administration has provided Israel, including the delivery of Jerusalem’s first F-35 stealth fighters slated for next year. But expectations […]

An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]