Official name: F-15K Slam Eagle.
Manufactured: Boeing (USA and South Korea).
Type: Strike Fighter.
Propulsion: First delivery: Twin GE F110-GE-129 engines (29,400 lbs of thrust).
Second Delivery: P&W F100-PW-229 turbofans.
Maximum speed: Mach 2.5+
Service ceiling: 60,000 feet.
Range: 2,400 miles w/ three additional fuel tanks.
Empty weight: 31,700 lbs.
Loaded weight: 45,000 lbs.
Maximum takeoff weight: 81,000 lbs.
Wingspan: 42.8 ft.
Length: 63.8 ft.
Height: 18.5 ft.
Wing area: 608 ftÂ².
Weaponry: 20mm cannon with 510 rounds and 24,250 pound of ordinance (compatible with nearly all American missiles and bombs including JDAM, Harpoon, Patriot, SLAM ER, SDB, and B61 nuclear bomb along with chaff / flare, ECM pod, laser targeting pod, and extra fuel tank adaptability).
Development Status: Winner of South Korea’s F-X competition in 2002, selected over Dassault Rafale, Eurofighter, and SU-35. 61 aircraft are on order to be delivered in two batches.
Analysis: The f-15K is a more advanced model of the F-15E. It has a nearly identical body to the F-15E, but has updated electronics and avionics. It is equipped with new infrared tracking systems, the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, AESA radar, AN/APG-63 radar, Lockheed Martin ALR-56C(v)1 early warning system, Northrop Grumman ALQ-135M self-protection system, Link 16 data link to seamlessly share battle info, the latest FLIR system, HOTAS to allow the pilot to control all aspects of the aircraft without moving his hand from the stick, and a new all glass cockpit with seven LCDs. The F-15K also has more advanced engines that its F-15E predecessor.
Miscellaneous: The US could update its F-15 stock similarly to the F-15K and other recent foreign export F-15s to accommodate the Air Force’s plan to keep the F-15 in service beyond 2030.