Advanced Avionics/Cockpit Systems
The F-15K will have some of the world's most advanced avionics, self-protection and cockpit systems, with the capacity to easily add future systems. It has the first-look, first-shoot and first-kill capability that the F-15 is famous for, which means it can detect and destroy any target, in any weather, day or night, and return safely.
The F-15K's new Advanced Display Core Processor, or ADCP, is the heart of an updated avionics suite that significantly improves processing capability and provides growth potential for years to come.
The new central processor provides decreased life-cycle costs, increased reliability and 10 times more processing capability than is available in the F-15E aircraft. It utilizes commercial systems architecture and a commercial operating system for improved affordability and supportability. The U.S. Air Force will retrofit its F-15Es with the ADCP.
The F-15K will use the newest combat radar, the Raytheon AN/APG-63(v)1, which provides substantially better reliability and maintainability than its predecessor, the APG-70. The AN/APG-63(v)1 incorporates all the APG-70's air-to-air and air-to-ground modes while adding new capabilities for ground moving target track, sea surface search/track, and enhanced high-resolution ground mapping.
Upgrades to that radar could include an active electronically scanned array, or AESA, system to reduce pilot workload and enhance radar performance. An AESA is faster, smaller, lighter and more reliable than a traditional mechanically scanned radar antenna. It also can rapidly change frequency to redirect its beam, increasing its detection capabilities as well as its ability to evade detection and countermeasures. The F-15 was the first operational fighter in the world to carry AESA.
The F-15K's electronic-warfare suite will include the Lockheed Martin ALR-56C(v)1 radar-warning receiver, or RWR. That RWR will be significantly more responsive to threats and more reliable and maintainable than earlier systems, including the ALR-56M. Northrop Grumman's improved ALQ-135M self-protection system is an upgraded version of what the U.S. Air Force uses.
The Link-16 Fighter Data Link will allow the F-15K to share target data with other aircraft, vastly increasing situational awareness while supporting coordinated air-to-air operations. With Link-16, command and control information is distributed to every aircraft, reducing the need for radio operation and, therefore, the potential for detection by, and interference from, an enemy.
The F-15K features advanced third-generation targeting and navigation Forward Looking Infrared, or FLIR, Infrared Search and Track, or IRST, and terrain-following systems for maximum flexibility in target attack. It also has Hands-on Throttle and Stick, or HOTAS, controllers that allow pilots to operate weapons, radar, avionics and other functions, without removing his or her hands from the controls.
In the two-person F-15K cockpit there will be seven color, independent, programmable, liquid crystal displays, each of which can simultaneously show many modes of information. A wide field-of-view heads-up display and the Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, or JHMCS, will augment those displays.
The lightweight JHMCS allows its user to aim weapons, radar and sensors by looking at a target and pressing a switch, making it unnecessary to maneuver the aircraft into line with the target. With JHMCS, targeting information and data, such as airspeed and altitude, are projected onto the pilot's visor so they are in view at all times. JHMCS allows the user to remain completely focused on what's happening around the aircraft.
The United States has tested JHMCS on the F-15 and initially plans to deploy the system on F-15, F/A-18 and F-22 aircraft. Boeing is the system's lead developer. The F-15K's advanced avionics and cockpit systems provide maximum situational awareness and survivability. The crew will find its targets first, attack swiftly and precisely under virtually any conditions, and return safely to base with mission accomplished.