F-15A

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This page is about the American jet fighter F-15A. For other versions, see F-15 (Family).
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F-15A
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Description

Towards the end of the Vietnam War, the United States saw their major shortcoming in dogfighting performance, as the heavy F-4 Phantom operated by most branches at the time was garnering an unsatisfactory kill-death ratio. Meanwhile, the far more manoeuvrable "gunfighter" F-8 Crusader II was achieving a far better track record. As a result, not long after the end of the conflict, two new development projects were started by the USAF, one of which was the F-X program to develop a "next generation" fighter that favoured manoeuvrability over top speed. However, the F-X program would take a sharp turn not long after, as multiple radar reports from Turkey and Israel observed an unknown Soviet aircraft flying overhead at speeds above Mach 3. Quick investigation through spy satellites and high altitude reconnaissance aircraft brought the discovery of the Soviet's latest MiG-25 aircraft, which at the time was assumed by the West as a high tech, next generation fighter made of the latest composite materials. What scared the United States the most, was that the design of this MiG-25 was dangerously similar to the initial prototypes of the F-X program, which had not even flown yet. Eventually, development of the F-X program was accelerated into its latter phases, resulting in the venerable F-15 Eagle, an absolute best of all worlds, no compromises held, air superiority fighter to combat this new Soviet threat. However, the defection of Viktor Belenko to Japan with his MiG-25 shortly after showed the world that the MiG-25 was overestimated, being in reality constructed out of heavy metals and armed with weaker avionics suited for long range combat, making the MiG-25 merely a heavy interceptor, and not the "next generation super-fighter" that was feared before. The same cannot be said about the indomitable Eagle however, as the F-15 and its later variants would go on to establish the most widely regarded air-to-air combat kill-death ratio of any modern jet fighter: at least 103 aircraft kills without a single confirmed loss.

Introduced in Update "Air Superiority", the F-15A Eagle succeeds the equally famous F-4E Phantom II in the tech tree. The F-15A is represented as a mid-life variant, being outfitted with 240 countermeasures, but lacking its upgraded radar or AIM-120 missiles. Even without such upgrades, the Eagle is still a very fearsome monster in top tier jet battles, utilizing its great avionics and incredible missile selection, including the lethal AIM-9M with IRCCM flare-rejection, to prey on enemy aircraft at a safe distance. More importantly, unlike the earlier Phantoms, when push comes to shove, the Eagle can reliably dogfight most enemies it may face thanks to its stable airframe design and absurd engine power giving it incredible acceleration and TWR. One must still be wary however that the Eagle is not completely undefeatable, and proper usage of this aircraft requires training and discipline just like its real life counterpart. Some enemies to be aware of are the Mirage 4000 and early F-16As for their ability to win an extended dogfight over the Eagle, but moreso cautious when engaging players flying the JAS 39, J-11, and Su-27, as these aircraft not only possess an unstable airframe allowing them to perform impressive manoeuvres (and defeat the Eagle) at low speeds, but they also carry lethal close range missiles with IRCCM, which when coupled with their helmet-mounted targeting systems, can prove to be very dangerous for any enemy, Eagle or not, which gets close and slow in a dogfight.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Air brakes
Allows you to dramatically reduce the flight speed by releasing special flaps
Max speed
at 10 668 m2 592 km/h
Turn time20 s
Max altitude16 764 m
Engine2 х Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100
Type
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight46 t

The Eagle on full fuel can be a very sluggish fighter, and this is especially noticeable with a full weapons load. On low fuel however, the F-15A is no slouch and can easily contend with anything in its BR range. The high speed pull is quite good for a jet of its size, and it can sustain up to 20 degrees per second at lower speeds (450 km/h). At speeds above Mach 1, the jet can sustain up to 13G, and won't experience wing overload until 15-16G. The Eagle is best described as rocket-like, as its high thrust-to-weight ratio give it an excellent climb rate, and allows it to stay in prolonged dogfights. In terms of speed, the aircraft reaches its top speed fairly quickly, but is slower than contemporaries like the F-16C or Mirage 2000 at lower altitudes.

Characteristics Max speed
(km/h at 10,668 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 2,563 2,531 16764 20.9 20.9 288.1 273.6 750
Upgraded 2,657 2,592 19.9 20.5 383.4 330.0

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear Drogue chute
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
1,629 700 - 548 481 ~__ ~__
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 680 < 750 < 700 -

Engine performance

Engine Aircraft mass
Engine name Number Basic mass Wing loading (full fuel)
Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 2 12,500 kg 314 kg/m2
Engine characteristics Mass with fuel (no weapons load) Max Gross
Weight
Weight (each) Type 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel
1,470 kg Afterburning low-bypass turbofan 14,065 kg 15,528 kg 17,042 kg 17,715 kg 27,571 kg
Maximum engine thrust @ 0 m (RB/SB) Thrust to weight ratio @ 0 m (WEP)
Condition 100% WEP 10m fuel 20m fuel 30m fuel 34m fuel MGW
Stationary 6,140 kgf 8,510 kgf 1.21 1.10 1.00 0.96 0.62
Optimal 7,061 kgf
(1,629 km/h)
13,939 kgf
(1,200 km/h)
1.98 1.80 1.64 1.57 1.01

Survivability and armour

Flares/Chaff
Aircraft countermeasures to distract IR and radar-guided missiles and also AA radar
Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural0 km/h
Gear700 km/h

Even though the aircraft possesses no armour, the Eagle is very durable, even tanking missiles at times, and can continue to fly in a severely crippled state. Minor structural damage is in some cases negligible to stability or performance. This doesn't mean you should brush off damage however, and like several other jets in this BR range, the F-15A can easily destabilize if missing even a wing tip. If badly hurt, you should almost never stay aggressive and attempt to repair at your nearby airfield.

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 940 → 4 430 Sl icon.png
RB8 485 → 12 786 Sl icon.png
SB9 991 → 15 056 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications314 000 Rp icon.png
479 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost3 200 Ge icon.png
Crew training310 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 100 000 Sl icon.png
Aces3 600 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 350 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 320 / 500 % Sl icon.png
256 / 256 / 256 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Compressor
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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New boosters
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Wings repair
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
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Engine
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
840 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Cover
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
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Flares/Chaff
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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M60_belt_pack
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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BLU-27/B
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
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AIM-9L
Research:
10 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
15 000 Sl icon.png
320 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
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G-suit
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk82
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods air to air midrange missile.png
AIM-7M
Research:
14 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
21 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 1.png
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M60_new_gun
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Mk84
Research:
20 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
640 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods jet engine extinguisher.png
EFS
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
840 Ge icon.png
Mods optical guided bomb.png
GBU-8
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
840 Ge icon.png
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AIM-9M
Research:
26 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
40 000 Sl icon.png
840 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Ballistic Computer
CCIP (Guns) CCIP (Rockets) CCIP (Bombs) CCRP (Bombs) Lead indicator
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Offensive armament

Main article: M61A1 (20 mm)

The F-15A is armed with:

  • 1 x 20 mm M61A1 cannon, wing root-mounted (940 rpg)
  • 240 x countermeasures

Suspended armament

The F-15A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6
500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs 1, 6 1, 6 1, 6
2,000 lb GBU-8 bombs 1 1 1
2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs 1 1 1
BLU-27/B incendiary bombs 3 3 3
AIM-7M Sparrow missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles 1 1 1 1
AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles 1 1 1 1
610 gal drop tanks 1* 1 1*
Maximum permissible loadout weight: 5,448 kg
Maximum permissible weight imbalance: 1,000 kg
* Wing-mounted drop tanks must be equipped together
Default weapon presets
  • 3 x 610 gal drop tanks
  • 2 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles
  • 4 x AIM-7M Sparrow missiles
  • 18 x 500 lb LDGP Mk 82 bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 18 x 500 lb Mk 82 Snakeye bombs (9,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb LDGP Mk 84 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 3 x 2,000 lb GBU-8 bombs (6,000 lb total)
  • 9 x BLU-27/B incendiary bombs

Usage in battles

Air Realistic Battles

The F-15A is very capable as a frontline fighter, and has a large number of countermeasures at its disposal in case of any threats. The AIM-9M is likely going to be your primary armament, as the AIM-7M is limited in use. The combination of a very capable platform and IRCCM make the Eagle a deadly fighter. However, you should avoid engaging a group of enemies, as this is where the jet struggles. Even though it retains speed very well, it can easily slow down when backed into a corner. As always, stay with your team and don't head into furballs blindly. Avoid drawn-out dogfights as this can easily lead to a third-party situation, and the off-boresight capability of enemies like the Su-27, JAS-39, J-11, and later MiG-29 variants can best the Eagle even if in the disadvantageous position. The F-14 Tomcat can also be a formidable opponent in BVR combat due to its long-range Phoenix air-to-air missiles that utilizes active-radar homing. The F-15A is no slouch, however, as it can hold its own in a BVR fight. Be sure to pay attention to your RWR and defend accordingly.

Air Simulator Battles

In simulator battles, the F-15 is very formidable due to its smokeless AIM-9M air-to-air missiles, but is limited by the seeker range and speed of the AIM-7M. The cockpit allows for excellent visibility and provides great situational awareness to the pilot, but the jet does lack HMD, so you must point your nose at targets. The biggest advantage the F-15A has in a simulator battle is its high speed manoeuvrability and smokeless missiles, allowing for stealthy kills.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Quite manoeuvrable at all speeds
  • Incredible engine output at all altitudes
  • High TWR and amazing acceleration
  • Lethal AIM-9M missiles with IRCCM capabilities

Cons:

  • Large and easy-to-hit target
  • Prone to wing overload until "Airframe" modification
  • No TWS mode hinders BVR capabilities
  • Sparrows are inconsistent and unreliable

History

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See also

Related development

External links

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McDonnell Aircraft Corporation
Jet Fighters  F2H-2 · F3H-2
  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II · F-4J Phantom II · F-4S Phantom II
  F-15A · F-15C MSIP II
Strike Aircraft  AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  AH-6M
Export/Licensed 
Aircraft  ◄F-4F Early · ◄F-4F · ◄F-4F KWS LV · Phantom FG.1 · Phantom FGR.2 · F-4J(UK) Phantom II · F-4EJ Phantom II · F-4EJ ADTW · Kurnass · Kurnass 2000
  F-15J · F-15J(M) · Baz · Baz Meshupar
  ▄AV-8B Plus
Helicopters  Lahatut
  The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation merged with Douglas Aircraft Company in 1967 to form McDonnell Douglas Corporation. Later it was merged with The Boeing Company in 1997.
See Also  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

USA jet aircraft
  Fighters
F-4  F-4C Phantom II · F-4E Phantom II · F-4J Phantom II · F-4S Phantom II
F-5  F-5A · F-5C · F-5E · F-20A
F-8  F8U-2 · F-8E
F-80  F-80A-5 · F-80C-10
F-84  F-84B-26 · F-84F · F-84G-21-RE
F-86  F-86A-5 · F-86F-25 · F-86F-2 · F-86F-35
F-89  F-89B · F-89D
F-100  F-100D
F-104  F-104A · F-104C
F-14  F-14A Early · F-14B
F-15  F-15A · F-15C MSIP II
F-16  F-16A · F-16A ADF · F-16C
F9F  F9F-2 · F9F-5 · F9F-8
Other  P-59A · F2H-2 · F3D-1 · F3H-2 · F4D-1 · F11F-1
  Strike Aircraft
FJ-4  FJ-4B · FJ-4B VMF-232
A-4  A-4B · A-4E Early
A-6  A-6E TRAM
A-7  A-7D · A-7E · A-7K
AV-8  AV-8A · AV-8C · AV-8B Plus
A-10  A-10A · A-10A Late
B-57  B-57A · B-57B
F-105  F-105D
F-111  F-111A