The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield, while the F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace. Its weapons and flight control systems are designed so one person can safely and effectively perform air-to-air combat. It can penetrate enemy defense and outperform and outfight current or projected enemy aircraft.
The F-15E Strike Eagle is a two seat, two engine dual role fighter. It performs day and night all weather air-to-air and air-to-ground missions including strategic strike, interdiction, OCA (offensive counter air) and DCA (defensive counter air). Although primarily a deep interdiction platform, the F-15E can also perform CAS (close air support) and Escort missions. Strike Eagles are equipped with LANTIRN, enhancing night PGM (Precision Guided Munition) delivery capability. The F-15E is especially configured for the deep strike mission, venturing far behind enemy lines to attack high value targets with a variety of munitions. The Strike Eagle accomplishes this mission by expanding on the capabilities of the air superiority F-15, adding a rear seat WSO (Weapon Systems Operator) crewmember and incorporating an entirely new suite of air-to-ground avionics.