Skip to comments.Boeing's upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle model at AFA
Posted on 02/25/2013 10:26:57 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Boeing's upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle model at AFA
Boeing had a very small presence at the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. But the company did bring this model of an upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle to the show.
Most immediately noticeable is that the aircraft has its two outer-wing weapons stations activated (which the F-15 always had, but aren't normally used)--something that'll be featured in Saudi Arabia's advanced F-15SA aircraft. A Boeing representative at the show said that the USAF's Strike Eagles would also eventually have those weapons stations activated.
Other features noticeable on the model are the aircraft's active electronically scanned array radar and what appear to be General Electric F110 engines, which would seem to indicate it's supposed to be representative of a Saudi Arabian F-15SA. Boeing, however, says it's just a generic representation of any upgraded Strike Eagle. Whatever the case, it's still pretty damn cool.
Now if only there was some way I could get a hold of that model, I think it would look awesome in my living room.
Thanks for posting that. It IS very cool.
Just jerkin' yer chain........
Good info on the wing pylon use. How that affects maneuverability would be nice to know, but prolly unknowable.
Those plastic engines would catch fire immediately. /s
The ultimate G.I. Joe accessory!
Kinda sucks that there may be Saudi Eagles chasing Israeli Eagles one of these days.
Not to mention Egyptian Vipers.
If some guy walks into "Pawn Stars", or it shows up in a barn on "Pickers" and tries to sell it, they have sum splayin' to do :-)...
Seriously, given Boeing's battery problems and maybe a need for another income stream, their are probably is a market to get in this high-end model business and maybe get a revenue stream.
There is a way: http://www.boeingstore.com/Models/b/4642237011?ie=UTF8&title=Models or http://www.boeingstore.com/Defense-Models/b/4642244011 for defense aircraft.
Someone say “vertical launch?”
External hard-points were activated during flight testing so we have a pretty good idea how it will perform. However, the weapons strapped on the jet during testing are not the ones we have today so additional in-flight separation testing and handling characteristic evaluations will be required.
FMS security deletions. . .
The military side does not affect the commercial side in the classic way you are thinking.
Military side of Boeing is the “stable” income provider for mother Boeing, meaning it is a reliable income stream to the corporation and the military side, not to the commercial side of things.
The military side, with a sale like the one to Saudi, tells the Wall Street types “Boeing” will make money and will do so for years and years and years, so investment in Boeing is a good thing.
Essentially, revenue generated by the military side is not shared with the commercial side but affects Boeing stock prices and investors. . .which in turn, does affect Boeing Commercial as they are part of the Boeing stock portfolio.
Yep, and in the right hands the F-15S is a better airplane than some of our own. Better engines and lots newer.
What a shame.