Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the F-15K the best solution for the Republic of Korea?
A: The ROK wants an advanced, highly maneuverable multi-role fighter that performs air-to-ground attacks and air-to-air combat missions, day or night, in any weather. The ROK also needs an aircraft with the long range and payload capacity to meet its omni-directional defense needs. Of the aircraft the ROK is considering, only the F-15 has all these characteristics, and has proven them in combat. In Kosovo and the Persian Gulf, the F-15E showed its ability to actually do what others can only promise. And the ROK's F-15K will be even better than the F-15E. By selecting the F-15K, the Republic of Korea will get the aircraft that provides all it needs.
Q: Describe how the F-15K is the most modern fighter.
A: The starting point for the F-15K is the F-15E, which entered service in 1989 and is the most capable, advanced, all-weather, multi-mission aircraft ever built. F-15Es are still being ordered by and delivered to the U.S. Air Force. The F-15K will be more capable than the F-15E. As the U.S. Air Force upgrades its F-15 fleets during the next 30 years, the Republic of Korea will be able to select new technologies for its F-15K. Not only will the first F-15K be the most modern long-range, multi-role fighter in the world, but Korea can be assured that its F-15Ks will be combat relevant and supportable well into the 21st century.
Q: What are current plans for F-15 production?
A: Boeing is producing F-15s for the U.S. Air Force at its St. Louis facility, and expects to do so at least through mid-2004. Work for the Republic would complement this production.
Q: How important is the concept of "stealth" in the FX competition and how does the F-15K compare in this area?
A: Stealth refers to an aircraft's ability to evade detection and depends on a number of fighter features and technologies. Not only is the F-15E is better able to evade detection than any other fighter, but its combat record proves that the F-15E is more survivable than any fighter. Advanced radar, electronic warfare and self-protection systems, along with extreme maneuverability, ability to exceed twice the speed of sound and excellent weapons provide the F-15E with first-look, first-hit capability. The F-15K will be even better. It is important to note that none of the FX aircraft have the very low radar, infrared, acoustic and visual signatures to qualify technically as "stealth" aircraft. For example, carrying weapons or fuel tanks under the wings, as each FX aircraft does, reduces the ability to avoid radar detection. With such external carriage, an aircraft must be able to detect and attack before being detected. The F-15E is extremely capable in this area.
Q: What advanced cockpit systems are in the F-15K?
A: The F-15K will have seven full-color, digital, programmable displays that can show the information that is needed in the most useful format. A helmet-mounted cueing system will allow the crew to aim weapons and sensors simply by looking at the target and pressing a button, so crewmembers never have to divert their eyes from what is happening around them. Those systems will be augmented by one of the largest heads-up displays and, through a data link, access to information gathered by other aircraft. With these highly advanced systems, the F-15K crew will have unrivaled awareness of its situation and unequalled ability to successfully respond to virtually any mission, day or night, in almost any weather conditions.
Q: Is the U.S. Air Force replacing the F-15 with the F-22?
A: The F-22 replaces only the F-15C air-combat aircraft, and many F-15Cs will remain in the Air Force to complement the F-22. The U.S. Air Force has no planned replacement for the multi-role F-15E that Boeing continues to produce, and which serves as the baseline for the F-15K. In fact, the Air Force has a defined upgrade program to modernize the F-15E and sustain it as a frontline combat aircraft through 2030 and beyond. The Republic of Korea would have access to U.S. Air Force-developed upgrades for its F-15Ks.