Similar to full stealth fighters, the F-15SE will have different roles and configurations in the opening phase of an air campaign and in the sustainment phase, after air superiority is achieved. Flying with full 'RCS Reduction Package' the F-15SE will be able to carry Air-to-Air (AIM-9 and AIM-120) missiles and air-to-ground munitions to include JDAM and SDB. The aircraft could be configured to F-15SE Multirole Capable aircraft in approximately two hours, providing long range weapon capability, employing missiles such as the SLAM-ER and Harpoon Block II missiles or any other type of weapon qualified for the Strike eagle. In this configuration the aircraft will retain a total fuel capacity of 34,700 lbs at a maximum takeoff gross weight of 81,000 lbs (carrying 29,500 lbs of payload).
According to Boeing estimates, utilizing the twin F110-GE-129 engines the Silent Eagle will be able to reach an approximate mission radius of 800 nautical miles (nm) on air/ground missions and 720 nm on combat air patrols (CAP), employing the RCS reduction kit. Baseline CFT equipped F-15SE can reach 1000 nm on ground attack and 900 nm on CAP. The Silent Eagle will be able to internally carry air-to-air missiles such as the AIM-9 and AIM-120 and air-to-ground weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and Small Diameter Bomb (SDB). The standard, external weapons load used on current versions of the F-15 is available with the traditional CFTs installed.
Boeing has completed a conceptual prototype of the CFT internal-carriage concept, and plans to flight-test a prototype by the first quarter of 2010, including a live missile launch. The design, development, and test of this internal carriage system are available as a collaborative project with an international aerospace partner. Notionally, Boeing estimates the F-15SE’s cost, including airframe, spares and training, at $100 million each.
According to the Korea Times, the Silent Eagle will be Boeing's bid for South Korea's third phase F-X fighter jet acquisition program, to begin by 2012. Earlier, Seoul officials said the third phase program would focus on obtaining the so-called fifth-generation stealth fighters. The F-X aims to procure 120 high-end warplanes by 2020, and Boeing already won the previous two deals with its F-15K fighters.
quote: In the end the navy got what they wanted.
quote: Honestly the only reason I'm replying to your absurd rant is my pizza is taking longer than 30 minutes to get here.
quote: The F-18 augmented the F-14 in the same manner the f-16 augments the F-15. It was never designed to be an equal, it served a different purpose.
quote: They can also still add the external weapons pylons to the F-15SE and that right there give it a hell of a lot more firepower than an F-35. Plus with an upgraded avionics package it would come down to who locks on to who first.
quote: The F-35 is also designed to replace A-10 in close air support (CAS) of troops, and some of the A-6 attack/bomber capability, but this does not put it in the same league as the F-15 or F-22 in terms of strike range or lethality in air-to-air combat.
quote: Though I suppose the A10 may eventually be replaced by UAVs.
quote: Install the UAV control system in an A10 and you have a UAV that can outmaneuver a manned A10 since the unpiloted version does not have to pamper it's pilot.
quote: And the whole point of UAV's is that destruction of the vechicle doesn't endanger the remote pilot; therefore, UAV's are more disposable than piloted aircraft; therefore, combat survivability doesn't matter as much.
quote: Why not just buy an F-35?
quote: If you look at how 'stealth' has evolved from the F-117 to F-22/F-35 to Su-37, you can see how the focus has shifted from angles to stealth coatings.
quote: Funny how they think that covering up the munitions will make it more stealthy.
quote: Yeah, what do those dumb engineers at Boeing know? It's not like they're some of the experts in their field. You tell 'em!
quote: "The F-15 Silent Eagle is designed to meet our international customers' anticipated need for cost-effective stealth technologies, as well as for large and diverse weapons payloads," said Mark Bass, F-15 Program vice president for Boeing. "The innovative Silent Eagle is a balanced, affordable approach designed to meet future survivability needs."
quote: ...is something that really helps fighting sandle wearing guys hiding in caves armed with old RPGs and rusty AK47's. A lot of this stuff really looks at odds with todays battleground.
quote: What about when the new MIGs from Russia are flying over your house dropping bombs on your kid's school because the government decided we didn't need sophisticated aircraft.
quote: OTOH, the "we need to be better than everybody else" brought us the cold war and a nuclear (pronounced "nucular" among you anti-liberals) arsenal that was obviously a huge (and dangerous) game of penis envy.
quote: How much effort does it take to even get a MiG to even reach the borders of US territory? (not to mention drop some payload)
quote: Your assertion that F-22 will beat the next generation MiGs is an interesting one. I would not bet on it.
quote: Brought to you by the same guys who brought you the Vietnam police action and the Iraqi liberation.
quote: Yeees... the threats of MiGs roaring over the houses of american families is very likely... You should all rebuild your bomb shelters and start rehersing the 'duck and cover' thingy again.
quote: China and Russia are selling to whoever is buying, these countries ARE buying what they can afford and get. That includes aircraft designs and the like. So you don't think an F22 is necessary? What about when the new MIGs from Russia are flying over your house dropping bombs on your kid's school because the government decided we didn't need sophisticated aircraft.
quote: ...is something that really helps fighting sandle wearing guys hiding in caves armed with old RPGs and rusty AK47's.
quote: Any nation needing a gen 4.5 fighter would be crazy not to buy this.
quote: Gripen is really no more capable than the latest F-16
quote: Now that the new US administration is pulling the plug on many new weapon systems, it is a logical step for companies in this field to start looking at ways of revamping existing, proven platforms.
quote: Boeing acknowledges the F-15SE’s stealth improvements do not help against ground-based radar systems
quote: It would compete directly with F-22 and F-35 for international sales.
quote: The aircraft will be fitted with a network-enabled integrated sensor system, comprising a targeting pod, infrared search track (IRST) system, navigation pod, the AESA radar and threat warning ECM.
quote: you cannot predict future wars, assuming everything is going to be afganistan is a mistake...we need a few more f22's, not this retread