PHOTO: Maiden flight for USAF’s first AESA-equipped F-15E



Photo: US Air Force

The first of about 220 Boeing F-15Es that will be modified with active electronically scanned array (AESA) achieved first flight on 18 January. The test flight at Eglin AFB, Florida, marked a first for a US Air Force Strike Eagle with a Raytheon APG-82(V)1 radar, replacing the mechanically-scanned APG-70.  The F-15E now flies with a radar adapted from the back-end processor of the APG-79 on the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G, as well as the front end of the APG-63(V)3. Note the test aircraft is shown also carrying a Sniper targeting pod and infrared search and track (IRST) pod.

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