Skip to comments.Boeing unveils upgraded F-15 Silent Eagle with fifth-generation features
Posted on 03/17/2009 1:43:19 PM PDT by Freeport
Boeing today unveiled a new F-15 prototype aimed at the international market with such "fifth-generation" add-ons as radar absorbent coatings, internal weapons carriage and integrated digital avionics, plus featuring a distinctive V-tail.
Improving the fourth generation fighters profile on air-to-air radar is Boeings key goal for the F-15SE, which the company plans to offer to five foreign countries with an estimated market for 190 orders.
Radar absorbent materials added to leading edges are designed to soften the F-15SEs head-on radar signature. Canting both horizontal stabilizers by 15 degrees is intended to reduce radar returns to the side.
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Isn’t 0bama cutting out the F-22?
Obama does not want to spend money on military aircraft manufacturing.
” with fifth-generation features”
Including an iPod dock!
Building something like this is provocative. It will make other countries think we intend to attack or intimidate them and lead them to develop more and better weapons themselves. It would be ever so much better to stand down and don’t present such a threatening posture in the world. After all, the best and brightest always gravitate towards positions of power, and they can talk and reason through any disagreements.
Have to admit though, this thing is not so bad looking itself...
Weird, seeing an F-15 with angled vertical stabilizers. Helps with stealth, I imagine.
That’s an F-22 in your pic with the shuttle launch
I figured they always ran CAP on Shuttle launches after 9/11. Great photo.
I know, I was just commenting that both are a thing of beauty.
Ex-AF hubby will slobber over this.
Thanks for posting it!
My Dad was in the USAF, and always called those “Fork-Tailed Doctor Killers.”
All except for the hybrid version.
Pretty... They made it look like a stretch limo version of an F/A-18.
“Weird, seeing an F-15 with angled vertical stabilizers. Helps with stealth, I imagine.”
Helps a lot. the vertical stabilizer combined with the horizontal stabilizer form a perfect corner reflector - which reflects energy exactly back towards it’s source.
I like it.....
Even if it really “Fifth geberation”
What would it require in RDT&E $$?
Is it ready for production, or is it a one-off prototype?
How much has it been tested in realistic operational conditions?
You realize, of course, that that speech would be more effective if delivered whilst wearing a neon pink tutu and waving a white flag, don’t you?.....:)
You can fully imagine/fantasize about the adornment of the lib speaking that speech all you want... :)
I live on an airpark west about 90 miles south of the Cape.
A couple of shuttle launches ago I took off with my son in my RV6Aand flew to Sebastian, about 60 miles north of here while climbing to 10,000 feet and we watched as it toook off, came up and flew by like an angel.
How close could you have gotten before the CAP intercepted you?
Yeah, better hold onto this one for us!
Spent my summers on Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach, got to see two of them launch.
My friend who works at the Cape sent me that photo, he got it in an email from the pilot who took it.
I would love to be airborne and see the launch, that would be great.
Hey, the Forked-Tailed Doctor Killer! Haven’t seen one of those in awhile!
Yeah, better hold onto this one for us!
I haven’t heard anything final on cutting the F-22. Have you?
Nice piece of art work... And I’ve read the books too!
That’s just plane ugly.
Looks like that Spy vs. Spy character.
Good looking plane. I was really scared they would pick the Hideous Boeing plane for the F-35.
Flight testing starts first quarter 2010.
I’d expect to see production in late 2011 or early 2012.
Since ZERO is bent on wasting the investment to date in the F-22
and since our pilots are flying F-15s that have been used harder and longer than intended
and since our pilots sometimes worry more about the integrity of their aircraft than the enemy
forget export and let’s build them for US.
Oh, I forgot...no money for things we really need...just for glory roads, bailouts of millionaires, trinkets for the natives and PORK for POLITICIANS...AND CUTTING MEDICAL BENEFITS FOR TROOPS INJURED IN BATTLE!!!!
I Love both The Eagle and The Raptor but my all time Fav is:
One could do the same kind of things with this aircraft as well.
Why would he do such. The Raptor is miles ahead of the Competition.
This is madness!
LOL - Good one.
Incline Village at North Shore Lake Tahoe? I used to live there briefly in 1988 then I moved on down to South Shore, I wonder, if thats the case I too may have met him, many years ago I vaguely remember talking about modifying or upgrading old aircraft with someone, but then again I still do that.
Not trying to get any attention here you know.
Big difference between a ruddervator and a slightly canted vertical stabilizer.
I tried to match that shot exactly with gogle earth.
I have it being taken at around 7300 feet with no zoom.
I wonder if that sounds right.
Gates is intimating it’ll happen. Certainly it’s been a big target for the last 4 years.
If this is a modified Mud Hen, then it is basically a bomber.
It has the fast packs, which would indicate that its not intended to dogfight. That said, the reduced RCS would still make it a very lethal BVR shooter.
My bad. The article indicates that this bird is intended for an air defense role primarily. It’s also aimed at the export market (Japan? Australia?) It lacks all aspect stealth so the deep interdiction role is probably not in the cards until enemy air defenses are beat down. Still has an impressive bomb load, however.
AKA The Viper. Apparently there are lots of BSG fans in the USAF.
Viper: the unofficial nickname
The F-16 is often referred to as the "Viper", a nickname especially popular with people involved with the F-16. Before "Fighting Falcon" was selected as official name, pilots at Hill AFB, the first F-16 base, came up with a number of proposals, including "Viper". Lt. Col. Pat "Gums" McAdoo, USAF Ret., one of the first F-16 pilots at Hill AFB, recalls the origin of the name "F-16 Viper":
At end of runway, the F-16 did resemble a cobra or something as it approached you. However, I think Northrop had already taken that name for the YF-17.
We all voted, and Viper came in really high. Seems there was a series on TV that had 'colonial Vipers' flying off of Battlestar Galactica (a term later used for the Eagle).
In any case, the Generals didn't want a plane 'named after some snake'!
Falcon was a good name, and it fit in with the motif that the Eagle had created. Sort of a little brother, but still a 'Bird of Prey'. In fact, GD had a great promo out in late 70's called "Bird of Prey", and it used the Falcon as the real world model.
Even when F-16 Fighting Falcon became the official name, Viper stuck around and became the unofficial nickname for the F-16. The name "Viper" is even officially used for the Joe Bill Dreyden "Semper Viper" award, which is awarded for excellent airmanship by F-16 pilots.
Pinging you to something sweet.
Cool picture. Is there a larger version; it would make a great desktop wallpaper.