The Eagle II has fly-by-wire digital flight controls. (Photo: Airforce Technology)
JAKARTA – The F-15EX Eagle II is a fighter aircraft produced by Boeing for the US Air Force (USAF). This aircraft made its maiden flight in February 2021. Two years after the maiden flight, Boeing again carried out its third F-15EX Eagle II flight.
Eagle II is the first fighter aircraft to be made in final operational form, so it is ready for mass production.
According to The Aviationist page, the plane made a flight with a small serial number, namely 20-0003, which was placed on the tail of the plane.
Before being sent to the United States Air Force (US), Eagle II will be given a symbol. Eagle II itself is said to have just completed the first phase of the Integrated Test & Evaluation (IT&E) process. The aircraft had to participate in 19 force training exercises.
A relatively sophisticated fighter aircraft, the Eagle II has fly-by-wire digital flight controls. In fact, the Eagle is the first fighter aircraft to be equipped with this technology. Air and Space Force Magazine said that Eagle II is also equipped with APG-82 AESA radar, LAD (Large Area Display), and JHMCS (Joint Helm Mounted Cueing System).
Apart from that, there is also an OMS (Open Mission System) which can increase the strength of Eagle II. The weapons that the Eagle II can carry are varied, such as air-to-ground missiles, air-to-air and bombs. There are at least 22 air-to-air missiles that can be carried on this aircraft, including the AIM-9X Sidewinder and AIM-120 AMRAAN with a maximum payload of 28 thousand pounds.
Meanwhile, the F-15EX is the newest variant of the Eagle and is said to be the most sophisticated. This type was created to replace the previous generation, the F-15C/D, which was considered very old. The F-15EX has two seats allowing for expanded crew or future missions. The cockpit also has modern screens and avonics. So, the pilot can see various situations around him to support the mission.
Boeing will deliver 6 F-15EX units to the US military no later than the first quarter of 2024. Later, four aircraft will join the EX-1 and EX-2 at Eglin Air Base, Florida. The remaining two aircraft will join Kingsley Field at Klamath Falls in Oregon.