The F-15 is one of the greatest jet fighters ever made. It has been unsurpassed in combat by any other aircraft, and we tend to forget that the F-15 is actually old. This came to mind as Saudi Arabia is currently revamping and modernizing its air force, and especially the fleet of F-15. They are getting fly by wire technology. Fly-by-wire is a system that replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface.
The movements of flight controls are converted to electronic signals transmitted by wires (hence the fly-by-wire term), and flight control computers determine how to move the actuators at each control surface to provide the ordered response. The fly-by-wire system also allows automatic signals sent by the aircraft’s computers to perform functions without the pilot’s input, as in systems that automatically help stabilize the aircraft. This is amazing that such an aircraft as the F-15 still did not have fly by wire technology, and this demonstrates two things: 1/ the F-15 is old and built on old tech, and 2/ the F-15 is awesome as it has been the best, with simple controls. The McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) F-15 Eagle is a twin-engine, all-weather tactical fighter designed by McDonnell Douglas to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. It is considered among the most successful modern fighters, with over 100 aerial combat victories with no losses in dogfights. Following reviews of proposals, the United States Air Force selected McDonnell Douglas’ design in 1967 to meet the service’s need for a dedicated air superiority fighter. The Eagle first flew in July 1972, and entered service in 1976.
Since the 1970s, the Eagle has been exported to Israel, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and other nations. The F-15 was originally envisioned as a pure air superiority aircraft. Its design included a secondary ground-attack capability that was largely unused. The design proved flexible enough that an all-weather strike derivative, the F-15E Strike Eagle, was later developed, and entered service in 1989. The F-15 Eagle is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force past 2025 and much longer with other air forces around the world.