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Loadout #1 - Bunker Busting
Loadout #2 - Close Air Support
Loadout #3 - Remote Strike
Loadout #4 - Load of Justice
Loadout #5 - Asymmetric Standoff
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In this article we list 5 typical F-15E Strike Eagle loadout configurations used in Operation 'Allied Force' (OAF).

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Operation Allied Force (OAF) was launched in early 1999, following the displacement of some 300,000 refugees from Kosovo. Serbians denied removing their forces from Kosovo, thus NATO decided to use force against them to prevent further violence. Air operations in OAF had two major goals: one was interdiction to keep the Serbian Army out of Kosovo, the other is close air support ( CAS).

To reach the first goal, roads, bridges and routes along with strategic military objects and installations were targeted with weaponry most appropriate for these purposes. For the second goal, usual CAS weaponry were used - note that CAS was a quite new kind of operations for the Strike Eagles at that time (however common it is today).

GBU-28A/B 'Bunker Buster' bombs were used against hardened targets. Although the Strike Eagle is able to carry the GBU-28 only on the centerline pylon (STA-5, see External Stores), layouts with GBU-28 are not depicted here, since we do not have exact info on the use of other weapons within the same GBU-28 loadout.

F-15E units involved in the conflict were the 492nd FS (Madhatters) and the 494th FS (Panthers) from RAF Lakenheath, England. Sorties were flown either from Aviano AB, Italy or directly from RAF Lakenheath.

Loadout #1 - Bunker Busting

This loadout is used exclusively against hardened targets by utilizing the penetration power of the heavy GBU-24 guided bomb. The usual A/A missile load is used, plus drop tanks for longer range.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-24 Paveway III LCT-2
RCT-2
2,350 lbs
2,350 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
49.5 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
40.8%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
4,700 lbs
6.3 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 74,788 lbs
100.0 %

 

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Loadout #2 - Close Air Support

Due to the pinpoint accuracy and relatively little collateral damage caused, GBU-12 is an ideal bomb for CAS purposes, especially when moving vehicles are required to hit. This loadout uses 4 GBU-12's, plus the usual A/A missile load. Drop tanks were standard during OAF to give the jets extended range and patrol time.

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
2x 610 gal drop tank STA-2
STA-8
250 lbs
250 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
50.5 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
41.6%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
3,200 lbs
4.4 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.5 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 73,288 lbs
100.0 %

 

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Loadout #3 - Remote Strike

This loadout is built around the AGM-130, which is a long-range, electro-optically guided, powered glide bomb with a huge warhead. The AGM-130 requires the use of the AN/AXQ-14 Data Link Pod. The DLP can be attached only to the centerline pylon, so only the wing pylons remain for the AGM-130's, because due to its huge wingspan, the weapon cannot be fitted to any of the CFT bomb racks. The same huge winspan prevents the AIM-120 AMRAAM from being carried in this loadout (the Sidewinder is small enough to be fitted on the same wing pylon). Because both the centerline pylon and the two wing pylons are already occupied, drop tanks have no place in this configuration either.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x AGM-130 STA-2
STA-8
2,350 lbs
2,350 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
4x AIM-9M Sidewinder STA-2A
STA-2B
STA-8A
STA-8B
191 lbs
191 lbs
191 lbs
191 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/AXQ-14 Data Link Pod STA-5 1,323 lbs

 

Weight distribution:

Item Weight % of total
Aircraft 37,000 lbs
54.0 %
Fuel
22,587 lbs
33.0%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
5,834 lbs
8.5 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
764 lbs 1.1 %
Miscellaneous load
2,322 lbs
3.4 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 68,507 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

No photos are available for this loadout configuration.

 

Loadout #4 - Load of Justice

This loadout is a very flexible one in the Close Air Support role. GBU-12's are for individual pinpointed targets (either moving or stationary), while CBU-87's are for area type (soft) targets - that is mostly unarmored vehicles and exposed troops. The usual A/A missile load is used, plus drop tanks for longer range and extended patrol time. Note that despite almost all external hardpoints are occupied, the F-15E carries this enormous payload with relative ease - there is still capacity for almost 5,000 lbs of excess weight.

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
3x CBU-87 Cluster Bomb LCT-1
LCT-2
LCT-3
950 lbs
950 lbs
950 lbs
Pcs Air-to-Air Weapons Station Weight
2x AIM-9M 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
48.6 %
Fuel
30,517 lbs
40.1%
Air-to-Ground weaponry
6,050 lbs
7.9 %
Air-to-Air weaponry
1,072 lbs 1.4 %
Miscellaneous load
1,499 lbs
2.0 %
Total weight (max. 81,000 lbs) 76,138 lbs
100.0 %

 

Photos:

No photos are available for this loadout configuration.

 

Loadout #5 - 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. Note that this loadout is the mirror image of OIF Loadout #9.

Loadout details:

Pcs Air-to-Ground Weapons Station Weight
2x GBU-12 Paveway II LCT-3
LCT-6
800 lbs
800 lbs
1x AGM-130 STA-8 558 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-2A 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 %

 

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Disclaimer

Please note that this list is by no means complete. If you have any solid information (or better yet: photos) of other loadouts used in this conflict, do not hesitate, please feel free to drop us an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We at F-15E.info always do our best to comply with OPSEC/COMSEC rules. All information presented here is based on public domain information and/or material previously cleared for official release by USAF.

Sources


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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Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 May 2011
 


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