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Boeing F-15X Eagle


Air Superiority Fighter Proposal


United States | 2020



"The Boeing F-15X Eagle is being promoted to the USAF as an enhanced Eagle air superiority form with advanced radar, avionics, and weapons capabilities."



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/08/2021 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com | The following text is exclusive to this site; No A.I. was used in the generation of this content.
Flag of Image from official Boeing marketing material.
Firepower
Performance
Survivability
Versatility
Impact
The Boeing F-15X is a proposed life-extension variant of the base F-15 "Eagle" air superiority fighter line (detailed in full elsewhere on this site) of the United States Air Force (USAF). The X-model, a direct offshoot of the F-15E production form, is being offered by Boeing as a "bridge" design between an aging USAF fleet of F-15C and F-15D models in service and the incoming/growing stock of Lockheed F-35 "Lightning II" strike fighter fleet. Changes to the aircraft are centered on enhanced capability, enhanced performance, and increased survivability over that of existing C- and D-models - extending the series' service life by some estimated 20,000 flight hours.

Sources indicate that the F-15X will be formally announced by the United States Department of Defense (US DoD) in the Fiscal Year 2020 defense budget.

The 4th Generation F-15 "Eagle" remains the backbone of American air superiority capabilities with 432 C/E and 26 F-15D models currently available in the 2019 USAF inventory. The acquisition of advanced F-15s is seen as insurance against the troubled development of the F-35 which has since revealed additional deficiencies in several areas (namely service life, general reliability, and weapons accuracy). The choice at hand for both the service and American lawmakers is in securing a fleet of fighters based in an aging, 40+ year-old design or advancing the troublesome F-35 to completion.

The F-15X is set to feature an Active, Electronically-Scanned Array (AESA) radar fit in the nose, updated avionics in the cockpit, a modernized internal structure, an enhanced Electronics Warfare (EW) suite, active InfraRed (IR) Search-and-Track weapons/radar functionality, and the capability to carry no fewer than 22 x Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs). The overall form-and-function of the aircraft will remain largely intact.

The initial ask by the USAF is for eight F-15X fighters to begin the move to acquire a complete fleet of eighty X-model types before 2025.

Specifications on this page are based in the F-15E Eagle production fighter until finalized numbers are made publicly available.

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April 2021 - This entry has been superseded by the F-15EX "Eagle II" now taken on by the USAF.

Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Boeing F-15X Eagle Air Superiority Fighter Proposal.
2 x Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 / PW-229 afterburning turbofan engines developing 15,000lb thrust dry and up to 30,000lb thrust with reheat.
Propulsion
1,873 mph
3,015 kph | 1,628 kts
Max Speed
59,711 ft
18,200 m | 11 miles
Service Ceiling
2,485 miles
4,000 km | 2,160 nm
Operational Range
50,000 ft/min
15,240 m/min
Rate-of-Climb
City-to-City Ranges
Operational range when compared to distances between major cities (in KM).
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Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Boeing F-15X Eagle Air Superiority Fighter Proposal.
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(MANNED)
Crew
63.8 ft
19.45 m
O/A Length
42.8 ft
(13.05 m)
O/A Width
18.5 ft
(5.65 m)
O/A Height
31,526 lb
(14,300 kg)
Empty Weight
80,910 lb
(36,700 kg)
MTOW
Design Balance
The three qualities reflected below are altitude, speed, and range. The more full the box, the more balanced the design.
RANGE
ALT
SPEED
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Boeing F-15X Eagle Air Superiority Fighter Proposal provided across 11 (including some inline) hardpoints.
STANDARD (FIXED, FORWARD-FIRING):
1 x 20mm M61A1 Vulcan internal Gatling gun / cannon.

Up to 22 x Air-to-Air Missiles (AAMs) most likely to support a mix of AIM-9 "Sidewinder" short-ranged AAM and the AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-ranged AAM.

Also jettisonable fuel tanks for increased operational ranges.


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Hardpoints Key:


Centerline
Wingroot(L)
Wingroot(R)
Wing
Wingtip
Internal
Not Used
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Boeing F-15X Eagle family line.
F-15X "Eagle" - Base Series Designation.
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Boeing F-15X Eagle. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 0 Units

Contractor(s): Boeing Company - USA


[ Untied States (possible) ]
Relative Max Speed
Hi: 1900mph
Lo: 950mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (1,873mph).

Graph Average of 1,425 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Max Alt Visualization
Small airplane graphic
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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Image of the Boeing F-15X Eagle
Image from official Boeing marketing material.

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