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Comparison of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II and Boeing (McDonnell Douglas) F-15E Strike Eagle


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SUBJECTS
Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
Advanced Multi-Role Strike Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft
Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle
Strike Fighter Aircraft
BASICS
CREW
1
CREW
2
PRODUCTION
491 units [Diff.+71]
PRODUCTION
420 units [Diff.-71]
DIMENSIONS
LENGTH
50.43 ft (15.37 m) [Diff.-13.22 ft]
LENGTH
63.65 ft (19.40 m) [Diff.+13.22 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
34.94 ft (10.65 m) [Diff.-7.87 ft]
WIDTH/SPAN
42.81 ft (13.05 m) [Diff.+7.87 ft]
HEIGHT
17.32 ft (5.28 m) [Diff.-1.15 ft]
HEIGHT
18.47 ft (5.63 m) [Diff.+1.15 ft]
SIZE COMPARISON
NOTES: Shapes below depict aircraft from wingtip-to-wingtip / nose-to-tail assuming aircraft are being viewed from overhead perspective (the nose pointing towards the top of the screen). Helicopter widths include main rotor diameter. If any dimensional values are "NA" in the database then the presented shapes may appear skewed.
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Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II
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Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle
WEIGHTS
EMPTY WT
29,002 lb (13,155 kg) [Diff.-2,524 lb]
EMPTY WT
31,526 lb (14,300 kg) [Diff.+2,524 lb]
MTOW
70,107 lb (31,800 kg) [Diff.-10,803 lb]
MTOW
80,910 lb (36,700 kg) [Diff.+10,803 lb]
INSTALLED POWER
1 x Pratt & Whitney F135 F119-PW-100 turbofan developing 40,000 lb thrust with afterburner with General Electric GE F120 alternate core engine.
2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-229 turbofan engines with afterburner developing 29,000 lb of thrust each.
PERFORMANCE
SPEED
1,199 mph (1,930 kph) [Diff.-454 mph]
SPEED
1,653 mph (2,660 kph) [Diff.+454 mph]
RANGE
1,379 miles (2,220 km) [Diff.-1,044 miles]
RANGE
2,423 miles (3,900 km) [Diff.+1,044 miles]
CEILING
50,000 ft (15,240 m) [Diff.-9,711 feet]
CEILING
59,711 ft (18,200 m) [Diff.+9,711 feet]
ARMAMENT
STANDARD (F-35A):
1 x 25mm GAU-12/U internal four-barreled automatic cannon.

OPTIONAL (F-35B and F-35C):
1 x 25mm GAU-12/U cannon in an external pod ("missionized gun").

OPTIONAL:
The F-35 series will house all primary armament in an internal weapons bay. However, six optional external pylons will be made available (two of these reserved for AIM-9X Sidewinder support). Mission-specific ordnance can include a combination of the following:

AIM-9X "Sidewinder" short-range, air-to-air missiles.
AIM-120B/C AMRAAM medium-range, air-to-air missiles.
AIM-132 ASRAAM short-range, air-to-air missiles.
2,000lb GBU-10 "Paveway II" guided bombs.
2,000lb GBU-24A/B "Paveway III" guided bombs.
2,000lb GBU-31 JDAM bombs.
2,000lb MK-84 general purpose bombs.
2,000lb MK-84 BSU-50 "Ballute" general purpose bombs.
2,000lb GBU-31 JDAM bombs.
1,000lb GNU-16 "Paveway II" guided bombs.
1,000lb MK-83 BLU-110 general purpose bombs.
1,000lb GBU-32 JDAM bombs.
500lb CBU-38 JDAM bombs.
500lb GBU-12 "Paveway II" laser-guided bombs.
500lb MK-82 general purpose bombs.
MK-83 BSU-85 general purpose bombs.
CBU-99/100 "Rockeye II" cluster bombs.
CBU-103/105 munitions dispenser.
AGM-154 A/C JSOW glide bombs.
"Brimstone" / Joint Common Missiles.
Phase I SDB (under development).
"Stormshadow" cruise missiles.
AGM-158 JASSM missiles.
MXU-648/CNU-88 Baggage Pod.
BDU-57/58/60 laser-guided training round.
MK-76/MK-58/BDU-48.
426-gallon external / jettisonable fuel tanks.
STANDARD:
1 x 20mm M61A1 20mm internal Gatling-style cannon

Mission-specific armament can include a combination of any of the following munitions:

4 x AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles
4 x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder missiles
8 x AIM-120 AMRAAM missiles

Any air-to-surface weapon in the Air Force inventory (nuclear and conventional) including Maverick missiles, laser-guided bombs, guided munitions and unguided bombs.
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