F-15EX fighter jet launches rocket for the first time

(ORDO NEWS) — A deeply modernized F-15 fighter launched an AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missile. The car made its first flight a year ago. Shortly thereafter, the first F-15EX was handed over to the US Air Force.

The US Air Force tested the F-15EX Eagle II fighter for the first time with a missile launch. The tests are considered as an important step in testing the entire weapon system of the new aircraft.

The tests were carried out on January 25 over the Gulf of Mexico. Eagle II launched an AIM-120D AMRAAM missile at a BQM-167 target drone. The aircraft is assigned to the 40th Flight Test Squadron (40th Flight Test Squadron).

During testing, the F-15EX deployed on-board sensors, including the extremely powerful AN/APG-83 Active Phased Array (AFAR) radar. The missile flew towards the drone, but did not hit it: when the shot was considered successful, the AMRAAM flight was stopped.

Tests have shown that the aircraft can play its main role, namely, to gain air supremacy. In addition, it can be used to strike the ground.

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The first F-15EX was handed over to the US Air Force last year.

The Air Force expects it to replace the aging F-15C / D, providing fundamentally new capabilities, such as control of UAVs and the use of new hypersonic weapons.

The Americans said the F-15EX is capable of carrying up to 22 air-to-air guided missiles or “hypersonic weapons up to 22 feet long and weighing up to 7,000 pounds.” If we talk about mini-bombs of the Small Diameter Bomb type, then their fighter is capable of taking up to 28 units. Consequently, the F-15EX will be among the most powerful fighter-bombers. In total, the US military expects to receive about two hundred such vehicles.

The basic F-15 fighter made its first flight in 1972, and began to operate it four years later. The aircraft was used in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf and Yugoslavia. In total, more than 1500 such machines of different versions were built.

The F-15EX is sometimes seen as an alternative to fifth-generation fighters, but this is not true: the Americans do not abandon either the F-22 or the F-35 – the latter should last for decades.

Recall that recently posted on the Network photos of deck-based F-35C, the radar-absorbing coating of which was seriously damaged after several months of operation in marine conditions.

These aircraft are based aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. The pictures were taken during his stay in the Philippine Sea in January.


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