The F-15EX version is equipped with the most advanced active electronically scanned array radar, the AN/APG-82 X
In 2010, Saudi Arabia spent nearly $30 billion to buy 80 new F-15SA fighters and a large number of weapons from the United States. At the same time, the country also upgraded about 70 F-15S to F-15SA standard. Boeing later acquired McDonnell Douglas; then invested in upgrading the F-15SA with a digital flight control system. Increase total weapon hard points to 15, maximum payload up to 13,275 tons.
The F-15EX version is equipped with the most advanced active electronically scanned array radar, the AN/APG-82 X, which can detect targets with a cross-section of 1 square meter in the front hemisphere of 125 km. Regarding the flight control system, the F-15EX is supported with the Suite-9 software. In terms of electronic warfare, the F-15EX is equipped with an active warning system EPAWSS, integrated early warning radar and advanced electronic countermeasures.
The F-15EX’s cockpit is equipped with a head-up display (HUD) and large-sized integrated tactical screens. The F-15EX uses two General Electric F110-129 engines, for afterburner thrust of 130 kN each. The service ceiling has increased from 15,240 meters previously to 18,288 meters.
The F-15EX fighter has extremely powerful air-to-air capabilities. With the addition of new launcher-racks called the Advanced Missile and Bomb Ejection Rack (AMBER), the F-15EX can carry up to 22 air-to-air missiles, and the AIM-120D active radar-guided long-range missile.
When performing ground attack missions, the F-15EX can use cruise missiles or glide bombs, or under-development HAWC supersonic cruise missiles, with a total payload of 13.8 tons. The F-15EX is known as the “bomb carrier”.
According to the plan of the US Air Force in the 1990s, it was to replace the F-15 and F-16 with the F-22 and F-35, in order to have complete advantage over potential opponents. These two types of aircraft can keep the US Air Force on top for three to four decades.