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A pair of US Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets are depicted across the English channel
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The F-15 Eagle is an American twin-engine all-weather tactical fighter aircraft designed by McDonnell Douglas, now Boeing, in 1972.

It was commissioned in 1976 and is one of the most successful fighter jets in production today, with no losses in aerial combat.

The F-15 has a laser indicator that can lock a target 10 miles away, while it also has LANTIRN (Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night), which is beneficial for ground attacks.

It has room for a pilot and weapon system administrator. In the rear cockpit there are four screens with information from the radar, infrared sensors and weapon status, along with others.

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The aircraft is mainly used by the US Air Force and the air forces of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Japan.

Each model costs around £ 21 million ($ 28 million) and the aircraft has been modified and improved over the years with different variants now used around the world, including the faster F-15E Strike Eagle.

A pair of US Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets are depicted across the English channel

A pair of US Air Force F-15 Strike Eagle fighter jets are depicted across the English channel

From 2018 the aircraft will be produced in various variants, the production of which will end in 2022.

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At a glance:

Crew: One pilot

Length: 63ft 9ins (19.43 m)

Span: 42ft 10ins (13.05m)

Height: 18ft 6ins (5.63m)

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Max starting weight: 68,000 pounds (30,845 kg)

Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100 or −220 after burning turbo fans

Max speed: Mach 2.5+ (1,650 mph)

Max height: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)

Armament: One 20 mm (0.787in) M61A1 Vulcan rotating cannon with 6 cylinders, four AIM-7 Sparrow rockets, four AIM-9 Sidewinder rockets, eight AIM-120 AMRAAM rockets

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