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Boeing and South Korea expected to enter deal for F-15SE Silent Eagle

If Boeing is able to secure an export license for the F-15SE "Silent Eagle" jet, the company plans to offer it to South Korea and other interested clients.

Boeing and South Korean officials have communicated about a possible deal over the past 12 months, but Boeing has had to wait until the F-15SE's low-observable jet stealth technology is evaluated.

The U.S. contractor believes its fighter jet is ideal because it's customizable and can support larger digital cockpit displays, AESA radar, newer radar absorbent coatings, and other features unavailable in older aircraft.

The expected price tag of the F-15SE is about $100 million, but can changed depending on the technology and hardware installed.

The country reportedly "has asked for information on Silent Eagle so now we've applied for the [license] and we hope to get that before the end of the month," said Brad Jones, Boeing F-15SE program manager, in an interview.  "As soon as the export license is provided, then I can provide [marketing] information to a country."

The aircraft was publicly introduced in 2009, and some military analysts believe it could help fill a possible fighter gap.  Boeing was unsure if it would offer the F-15SE to other nations, but South Korea first asked in late 2009 -- Boeing filed the necessary paperwork in early 2010, and expects to receive approval to sell the aircraft.

It's not uncommon for South Korea, Japan, Britain, and other U.S. allies to receive U.S. fighter jets in exchange for money and other forms of compensation -- but the U.S. government must approve of any deals before they're completed.

The aircraft is a technological step ahead of U.S. jets in use today (save for the F-22 Raptor), but still doesn't compare to the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from Lockheed Martin.

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Hard Data
By Reclaimer77 on 7/9/2010 3:29:44 PM , Rating: 4
I would really like to see some hard data on this aircraft. It might be slightly more radar resistant than the current F-15's but it's certainly FAR from anything that could be called "stealth" or even "stealthy".

The two biggest areas of concern are the vertical stabilizers being slanted in the wrong direction and the canopy. You will certainly get HUGE radar returns from the stabilizers no matter what they are coated with. The canopy itself is also far too high and visible. You will get radar returns off the ejection seat and even the pilots helmet.

When you read about the massive R&D that went into the B-2 and F-117 and later the F-22, and how much testing and retesting back to the drawing board it took to get it right; you realize that the only way to develop a stealth aircraft is from the ground up. With every design decision being made with that goal in mind. You can't simply "retrofit" an aircraft to be stealth.

RE: Hard Data
By skyyspam on 7/10/2010 5:28:45 AM , Rating: 2
My biggest complaint is that extra seat in the back. I'd rather have another thousand pounds of gas.

RE: Hard Data
By EJ257 on 7/12/2010 8:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
The two biggest areas of concern are the vertical stabilizers being slanted in the wrong direction and the canopy.

The vertical stabilizers are slanted in the same direction as the F-22 and F-35, its not at the same angle (only 15 degrees on the F-15SE) but its definitely the same direction. No comment on the canopy.

As for the rest, the new stealth coating and internal weapons bay certainly helps but even Boeing admits its no F-22 in terms of stealth and only a match for F-35 in terms of frontal stealth (to meet US Govt. export conditions). I think the bigger improvements are in the electronics (avionics) and engines (supercruise).

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