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McDonnell Douglas F-15I Ra'am No.241, The Hammer Squadron, Israeli Air Force, 2010s
HA4527
General Background
In 1967 the U.S. became aware of the Soviet MiG-25 Foxbat. This made it necessary to develop a new aircraft to counter the MiG-25. The USAF rejected the USN F-14 Tomcat and issued its own requirements. The solution came in the form of the McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle. The F-15A made its inaugural flight in July 1972 and in January 1976 the first Eagle entered service. The "E" entered service in 1989. The F-15 was the first dedicated USAF air superiority fighter since the F-86 Sabre".
The Aircraft
The Israeli Air Force had 24 F-15I Ra’am (Thunder) delivered to the 69 “The Hammer” Squadron between January 1998 and June 1999. No. 69 Squadron is based at Hatzerim AB. Aircraft # 241 was manufactured as c/n 1308/1014 (former USAF 94-0299). The F-15I is a variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle with some modifications specified by the IDFAF such as some electronics that were designed and installed. The F-15Is have Sharpshooter targeting pods and LANTIRN pods for night vision. In 2016 upgrades for the F-15I structure and electronics were approved.
Specifications :
Role: C – Single-seat, all-weather, air-superiority fighter - 483 built
D – Dual-seat variant of the C – 92 built
E – Dual-seat, all-weather, multi-role strike fighter - 237 built
Dimensions
Length: C/D/E 63 ft 9 in (19.43 m)
Wingspan: C/D – 42 ft 10 in (13.06 m)
E – 42 ft 9.75 in (13.05 m)
Height: C/D – 18 ft 8 in (5.69 m)
E – 63 ft 9 in (5.63 m)
Weight:
Empty: C/D - 28,600 lb (12793 kg)
E – 31,700 lb (14,379 kg)
Maximum Take-off: C/D – 68,000 lb (30,844 kg)
E – 81,000 lb (36,741 kg)
Engines: C/D – 2 X P&W F100-PW turbofans with afterburners, each engine rated @ 25,000 thrust (11,250 kg)
E/F – Prior to August 1991 - 2 X P&W F100-P-220 turbofans, each rated @ 14,670 ls st (65.26kN) dry and 23,830 lb st (106.0 kN) with afterburners
After August 1991 – 2 X P&W F100-PW-229 turbofans, each rated @ 17,800 lb st (79.18 kN) dry and 29,100 lb st (129.45 kN) with afterburners
Range:
C/D: Ferry - 3,450 miles (3,000 nm) with CFTs + 3 X external fuel tanks
E: Ferry – 3,570 miles (3,100 nm) with CFTs + drop tanks
With Drop Tanks only: 2,765 miles (2,400 nm)
Normal Combat Radius: 790 miles (685 nm)
Maximum Combat Radius: 1,150 miles (1,000 nm)
Speeds: C/D – 1,875 mph (Mach 2.5 +)
E - Maximum Level Flight Clean @ High Altitude – 1,650 mph (2,655 km/h)
Cruise @ Optimum Altitude – 570 mph (917 km/h)
Ceiling: C/D – 65,000 ft (19,697 m)
E – 60,000 ft (18,290 m)
Armament:
C: 1 X M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel internal gun, 940 rounds of ammunition
4 X AIM-9L/M Sidewinders And
4 X AIM-7F/M Sparrow missiles Or
Missile Combination - AIM-9L/M, AIM-7-F/M and AIM-120
E: 1 X M-61A1 20mm multi-barrel internal gun, 512 rounds of ammunition
4 X AIM-9L/M Sidewinder on the under-wing stations And
12 X CBU-52 (6 with wing tanks)
12 X CBU-59 (6 with wing tanks)
12 X CBU-71 (6 with wing tanks)
12 X CBU-87 (6 with wing tanks)
12 X CBU-89 (6 with wing tanks)
20 X MK-20 (6 with wing tanks)