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:

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