Boeing F‑15 Silent Eagle Demonstrator Completes 1st Weapon Launch

ST. LOUIS, July 20, 2010 — The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny [NYSE: BA] suc­cess­ful­ly launched a mis­sile from the F‑15 Silent Eagle’s new­ly designed Con­for­mal Weapons Bay (CWB) on July 14. Demon­stra­tion air­craft F‑15E1 depart­ed from Point Mugu Naval Air Weapon Sta­tion, Calif., at 5:59 p.m Pacif­ic time, launched an inert AIM-120 Advanced Medi­um Range Air to Air Mis­sile (AMRAAM) from its left-side CWB, and returned to base at 6:52 p.m.

F-15 Silent Eagle demonstrator

F‑15 Silent Eagle demon­stra­tor
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The test demon­strat­ed the CWB’s flight­wor­thi­ness and abil­i­ty to deploy an AMRAAM in flight with no adverse effect on the per­for­mance of the air­craft or the CWB itself.

“I’ve been fly­ing F‑15s for more than 20 years, but this flight was dif­fer­ent from all oth­ers,” said Boe­ing F‑15 Chief Test Pilot Dan Draeger. “This first launch of an AMRAAM from the F‑15’s inter­nal weapons bay opens a new era for the F‑15 and for strike fight­er capa­bil­i­ty in the dom­i­nance of the F‑15 Eagle.

“The F‑15, CWB and mis­sile per­formed exact­ly as we pre­dict­ed,” Draeger con­tin­ued. “The Silent Eagle con­tin­ues the F‑15’s role as the most ver­sa­tile strike fight­er air­craft ever built.”

F‑15E1 made its first flight with a CWB from Lam­bert St. Louis Inter­na­tion­al Air­port on July 8. The CWB, which car­ried an AIM-120 Instru­ment­ed Test Vehi­cle (ITV), was suc­cess­ful­ly opened and closed dur­ing that 80-minute flight, val­i­dat­ing Boeing’s design approach.

“The F‑15SE’s inter­nal car­riage CWBs will sig­nif­i­cant­ly increase tac­ti­cal options for inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers while retain­ing all the cost-cer­tain, bat­tle-proven capa­bil­i­ty of the Strike Eagle,” said Roger Besancenez, F‑15 Pro­gram vice pres­i­dent for Boe­ing.

The Silent Eagle is an inno­v­a­tive design solu­tion devel­oped in response to inter­na­tion­al cus­tomer require­ments for a cost-effec­tive, high-per­for­mance fight­er air­craft to defend against future threats. Using a mod­u­lar design approach, the F‑15SE offers unique aero­dy­nam­ic, avion­ic and Radar Cross Sec­tion (RCS)-reduction fea­tures that pro­vide the user with max­i­mum flex­i­bil­i­ty to dom­i­nate the ever-chang­ing advanced threat envi­ron­ment. RCS reduc­tions include treat­ments to the air­craft (based on U.S. gov­ern­ment pol­i­cy). The F‑15SE CWBs can car­ry a vari­ety of air-to-air mis­siles, such as the AIM‑9 and AIM-120, and air-to-ground weapons such as the Joint Direct Attack Muni­tion and Small Diam­e­ter Bomb. The Silent Eagle’s CWBs can be eas­i­ly removed, and the air­craft can be rapid­ly recon­fig­ured into the com­bat-proven exter­nal carriage/conformal fuel tank load­out based on mis­sion require­ments.

A unit of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is one of the world’s largest defense, space and secu­ri­ty busi­ness­es spe­cial­iz­ing in inno­v­a­tive and capa­bil­i­ties-dri­ven cus­tomer solu­tions, and the world’s largest and most ver­sa­tile man­u­fac­tur­er of mil­i­tary air­craft. Head­quar­tered in St. Louis, Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty is a $34 bil­lion busi­ness with 68,000 employ­ees world­wide.

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B‑roll video of this event is avail­able to news media through the con­tacts below.

Con­tact:

Philip Carder
F/A‑18 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty
+1 314–234-6516
philip.b.carder@boeing.com

Mary Ann Brett
Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Boe­ing Defense, Space & Secu­ri­ty
+1 314–234-7111
mary.a.brett@boeing.com

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