Boeing had a very small presence at the Air ForceAssociation’s Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando. But the company did bring thismodel of an upgraded F-15E Strike Eagle to the show.
Most immediately noticeable is that the aircraft has its twoouter-wing weapons stations activated (which the F-15 always had, but aren’tnormally used)–something that’ll be featured in Saudi Arabia’s advanced F-15SAaircraft. A Boeing representative at the show said that the USAF’s StrikeEagles would also eventually have those weapons stations activated.
Other features noticeable on the model are the aircraft’sactive electronically scanned array radar and what appear to be GeneralElectric F110 engines, which would seem to indicate it’s supposed to berepresentative of a Saudi Arabian F-15SA. Boeing, however, says it’s just ageneric representation of any upgraded Strike Eagle. Whatever the case, it’sstill pretty damn cool.