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Loadout #1 - Kick Ass A
Loadout #2 - Kick Ass B
Loadout #3 - Kick Ass C
Loadout #4 - Offensive Counter Air
Loadout #5 - Full GBU-12
Loadout #6 - Basic GBU-12
Loadout #7 - Light GBU-12
Loadout #8 - Heavy GBU-12
Loadout #9 - Asymmetric Standoff
Loadout #10 - Pipeline Recce
Loadout #11 - Penetrator C.A.S.
Loadout #12 - Mixed C.A.S.
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In this article we present 12 typical F-15E Strike Eagle loadout configurations used in Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' (OIF).

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Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) started after the finish of the long Operations of Northern Watch (ONW) and Southern Watch (OSW). Under the umbrella of the war on terror, United States and its allies started a war to remove Saddam Hussein from power and put and end to his regime.

OIF started on 19th March 2002 with F-15E Strike Eagles attacking key military command and control targets with AGM-130's. After the beginning of the ground offensive (called Shock and Awe) CAS missions were flown as well. CAS missions were often flown in a manner that Strike Eagles patrolled a pre-planned zone (called 'killbox') and supported the fight of ground troops in that zone. These kind of missions were called Killbox Interdiction ( KI), which - coupled with CAS - soon took the name of KI/ CAS, or 'kick-ass' as aircrew simply called it.

Another typical mission profile was SCAR (strike coordination attack and reconnaisance) during which Strike Eagles utilized their long range and advanced sensors to find and pinpoint targets for other types of jets, like F-14 Tomcats or F/A-18 Hornets.

It was not only this FAC role, which was new to the Strike Eagle community, but they often used laser guided bombs (LGB's) to attack and strike moving targets. This required honed skills and great experience from WSO's.

OIF is a currently ongoing operation with Strike Eagles flying combat sorties over Iraq as we speak. Being a long lasting conflict itself as well, jets and crew from almost all fighting F-15E squadrons got their opportunity to fly combat. 492nd FS (Madhatters) from RAF Lakenheath (UK), the 335th FS (Chiefs) and 336th FS (Rocketeers) from Seymour-Johnson AFB (NC) - they all made their appearence in OIF. This latter two squadrons were seen swapping tail stripes: although normally Rocketeers have yellow and Chiefs have green tail stripes, quite a few photos were taken of Rocketeers jets with green and Chiefs jets with yellow tail stripes - just to make things more confusing.

Loadout #1 - Kick Ass A

This loadout contains 5 GBU-12's and 6 Mk-82's, which allow the jet to strike a multitude of targets. The usual A/A payload (that is 2 Sidewinders and 2 AMRAAM's on the wing launchers) is used. Note that the drop tanks are light green, because they are War Reserve Material ( WRM), a cheaper and more 'expandable' version of the standard 610 gal drop tanks.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
5x GBU-12 Paveway II
STA-5
RCT-1
RCT-3
RCT-4
RCT-5
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
6x Mk-82 LDGP Bomb
LCT-1
LCT-2
LCT-3
LCT-4
LCT-5
LCT-6
500 lbs
500 lbs
500 lbs
500 lbs
500 lbs
500 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
48.0 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
39.6%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
7,000 lbs
9.1 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
1.9 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 77,088 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

No photos are available for this loadout configuration.

 

Loadout #2 - Kick Ass B

This loadout uses LGB's only, and two types of them: GBU-12's for smaller or mobile targets and big GBU-10's for bigger and harder targets. A standard A/A weaponry is used, plus light grey WRM drop tanks. A LANTIRN targeting pod is required to guide the LGB's.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
4x GBU-12 Paveway II RCT-1
RCT-3
RCT-4
RCT-6

800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs

2x GBU-10 Paveway II LCT-1
LCT-3

2,562 lbs
2,562 lbs

Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
47.2 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
38.9%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
8,324 lbs
10.6 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
1.9 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 78,412 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

No photos are available for this loadout configuration.

Loadout #3 - Kick Ass C

This loadout is a combination of OIF KI/ CAS loadouts #1 and #2. It uses both the 'small' GBU-12's and the 'big' GBU-10, plus 3 Mk-82 'dumb' bombs are added. A/A load is standard and light gray WRM drop tanks are used.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
1x GBU-10 Paveway II STA-5 2,562 lbs
3x Mk-82 LDGP Bomb RCT-1
RCT-2
RCT-3
500 lbs
500 lbs
500 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
48.8 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
40.3%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
5,662 lbs
7.5 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 75,750 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #4 - Offensive Counter Air

This is a pure A/A loadout configuration - being very rare with the Strike Eagle, which is utilized most of the time as a strike aircraft. The load of 6 AMRAAM's is quite impressive for anyone wanting an A/A clash with the F-15E. The two external WRM tanks and the LANTIRN pods are standard loads.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
6x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-3C
STA-4C
STA-6C
STA-7C
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
345 lbs
345 lbs
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
51.8 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
42.7%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
0 lbs
0.0 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
2,452 lbs 3.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.1 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 71,468 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

No photos are available for this loadout configuration.

 

Loadout #5 - Full GBU-12

This loadout uses no other A/G ordnance than GBU-12 - the maximum number of them that can be hung under the belly of the Strike Eagle. 9 GBU-12's give the F-15E the ability to strike lots of targets (either moving or stationary) during one single sortie. Besides this, a standard A/A load is used, plus WRM drop tanks and the LANTIRN pods.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
9x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-1
LCT-3
LCT-4
LCT-6
STA-5
RCT-1
RCT-3
RCT-4
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
47.9 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
39.5%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
7,200 lbs
9.3 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
1.9 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 77,288 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

Loadout #6 - Basic GBU-12

This loadout is the typical GBU-12 configuration - only 4 of them is used. That still means four targets during one sortie, but with too much negative effects on total aircraft weight. A/A load is the usual, just like the two WRM drop tanks and the LANTIRN pods.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
4x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
RCT-3
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
1x AN/ZSW-1 IDLP STA-5 1,323 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
49.6 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
40.9%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
3,200 lbs
4.3 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
2,822 lbs
3.8 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 74,611 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #7 - Light GBU-12

This is a very light loadout, with almost the minimal A/G ordnance available - only two GBU-12's. A/A load is standard, just like the two LANTIRN pods and the two light gray WRM drop tanks.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
51.6 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
42.6%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
1,600 lbs
2.2 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.5 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.1 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 71,688 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #8 - Heavy GBU-12

This loadout is practically the same as OIF loadout #8, but one GBU-12 less. Everything else ( A/A weaponry, WRM drop tanks, LANTIRN pods) is quite standard.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
8x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-1
LCT-3
LCT-4
LCT-6
RCT-1
RCT-3
RCT-4
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
48.4 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
39.9%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
6,400 lbs
8.4 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 76,488 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #9 - Asymmetric Standoff

The core of this loadout configuration is the huge AGM-130 A/G missile. It is so big that it can be hung only on the wing pylons, while it requires a data link pod for guidance on the centerline pylon. This loadout uses only one AGM-130 and a drop tank on the other side which is a rather asymmetric loadout. Two GBU-12's give some LGB capability to the jet, while only 1 AMRAAM is carried, because AMRAAM and AGM-130 cannot be fit together on the same wing pylon.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-12 Paveway II RCT-3
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
1x AGM-130 STA-2 558 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
1x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-8B 345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 397 lbs
1x AN/ZSW-1 IDLP STA-5
1,323 lbs
1x 610 gal drop tank STA-8 250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
51.8 %
Fuel
26,552 lbs
37.2%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
4,517 lbs
6.3 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
727 lbs 1.0 %
Miscellaneous load
2,572 lbs
3.6 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 71,368 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #10 - Pipeline Recce

This is another GBU-12 loadout - this time 5 of the 200 lbs laser guided bombs are hung under the belly of the Strike Eagle. A/A weaponry is the usual, just like the LANTIRN pods and the two light grey WRM drop tanks.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
5x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
STA-5
RCT-3
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-28 Litening Targeting Pod left intake 440 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
50.0 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
41.3%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
4,000 lbs
5.4 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,390 lbs
1.9 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 73,979 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #11 - Penetrator C.A.S.

This configuration contains the 'usual' 4 GBU-12's, plus a serious looking 2,000 lbs GBU-31 JDAM with penetrator warhead in the centerline station. Other elements of the loadout are just the usual: A/A load, WRM tanks and LANTIRN pods.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
4x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
RCT-3
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
800 lbs
3x GBU-31(v)3/B JDAM, 2,000 lbs with BLU-109 Penetrator Warhead
STA-5 2,162 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9L/M Sidewinder STA-2B
STA-8A
191 lbs
191 lbs
2x AIM-120B/C AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN Targeting Pod left intake 549 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
49.0 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
40.4%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
5,362 lbs
7.1 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 75,450 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Loadout #12 - Mixed C.A.S.

This is a typical loadout configuration that is often being used today (as of June 2010). A relatively low weight, but flexible mixture of LGB's and JDAM's with Sniper XR pod: this is the most modern A/G ordnance in service today (not mentioning SDB's). A/A loadout uses 3 AMRAAM's instead of the usual two. The 2 external drop tanks are standard.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-12 Paveway II RCT-3
RCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
2x GBU-38 JDAM, 500 lbs LCT-2
STA-5
558 lbs
558 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
1x AIM-9M Sidewinder STA-8A 191 lbs
3x AIM-120B AMRAAM STA-2A
STA-2B
STA-8B
345 lbs
345 lbs
345 lbs
Pcs Miscellaneous Station Weight
1x AN/AAQ-13 LANTIRN Navigation Pod right intake 450 lbs
1x AN/AAQ-33 Sniper XR Targeting Pod left intake 397 lbs
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
50.8 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
41.9%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
2,716 lbs
3.7 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,226 lbs 1.7 %
Miscellaneous load
1,347 lbs
1.9 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 72,806 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

 

Disclaimer

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Steve Davies:

F-15E Strike Eagle Units in Combat 1990-2005

2005, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 978-1841769097

Paperback, 7,2" x 9,7" (18.3 cm x 24.6 cm), 96 pages, 140 images

The F-15E has been at the center of every single conflict in which the US has been involved since 1990, strucking targets where no other Coalition, NATO or US fighter has been able to go, breaking records for combat endurance and effectiveness. This book provides a thorough study of this aircraft, as well as exploring its role in Operation Desert Storm and, more recently, the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq.

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