In the age of stealth aircraft, the F-15 continues to prove its worth. It was the F-15QA.

Introduce

In the United States, full-scale tests of the promising F-15QA fighter, intended for the Qatar Air Force, continue.

In April 2020, Boeing announced that the F-15QA, the most advanced version of the F-15 Eagle, successfully performed its first flight from the company’s plant at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis.

The flight, which lasted 90 minutes, was conducted by the Chief Test Pilot Matt Giese and implemented a precise mission checklist to test the multirole aircraft’s capabilities and to check radar and avionics. According to the company the aircraft performed as planned.

F-15QA Strike Eagle
F-15QA Strike Eagle

Design

During the upgrade, Boeing completely redesigned the F-15, in other words created a new fighter platform.

The fuselage of its predecessor has been redesigned, applying the latest technologies to help overcome the problems of chassis cracking and extend service life.

The F-15QAs also feature a new structural design for the wing, a major improvement that makes it stronger without compromising its aerodynamics. The entire design process of the F-15QA applies Boeing’s Full-size Determinate Assembly (FSDA) process. This new process reduces assembly time, as well as simplifies maintenance in the future.

Armament

Due to the preservation of the main components of the airframe and the power plant, the performance characteristics of the new F-15QA remain at the level of the basic F-15E / SA fighter. The complex of weapons remains the same. Qatar Air Force fighters will be able to use all missiles and bombs compatible with the F-15E, as well as new weapons being developed in the near future.

Basically, the F-15QA has transformed from its predecessor. In terms of many features, except for stealth it is a new line of fighters, approaching 5th generation.

F-15X

The recent appearance of the F-15X with many striking similarities with the F-15QA, has created skepticism among many military experts that the United States used the platform of the Qatar fighter to create a new version of the F-15 fighter jet.

Usually, it takes years to develop upgraded versions of fighters, but the arrival of the F-15X was very short, as well as very close to the time the F-15QA was introduced. It raises the question of whether both aircraft are using a common platform. In other words, Qatar spent money helping the United States create an entirely new F-15 platform.

Specifications

(Source: Wikipedia)

General characteristics

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 1,434 kn (1,650 mph, 2,656 km/h) / M2.5+ at high altitude

782 kn (900 mph; 1,448 km/h) / M1.2 at low altitude

  • Combat range: 687 nmi (791 mi, 1,272 km)
  • Ferry range: 2,100 nmi (2,400 mi, 3,900 km) with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks
  • Service ceiling: 60,000 ft (18,000 m)
  • g limits: +9
  • Rate of climb: 50,000 ft/min (250 m/s) +
  • Thrust/weight: 0.93

Armament

Avionics

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