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Continued From Previous Page F-15C, D and E models were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1991 in support of Operation Desert Storm where they proved their superior combat capability. F- 15C fighters accounted for 34 of the 37 Air Force air-to-air victories. F-15E's were operated mainly at night, hunting SCUD missile launchers and artillery sites using the LANTIRN system. They have since been deployed for air expeditionary force deployments and operations Southern Watch (no-fly zone in Southern Iraq), Provide Comfort in Turkey, Allied Force in Bosnia, Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. General Characteristics Primary function: Tactical fighter Contractor: McDonnell Douglas Corp. Power plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-100, 220 or 229 turbofan engines with afterburners Thrust: (C/D models) 23,450 pounds each engine Wingspan: 42.8 feet (13 meters) Length: 63.8 feet (19.44 meters) Height: 18.5 feet (5.6 meters) Weight: 31,700 pounds Maximum takeoff weight: (C/D models) 68,000 pounds (30,844 kilograms) Fuel  Capacity: 36,200 pounds (three external plus conformal fuel tanks) Payload: depends on mission Speed: 1,875 mph (Mach 2 class) Ceiling: 65,000 feet (19,812 meters) Range: 3,450 miles (3,000 nautical miles) ferry range with conformal fuel tanks and three external fuel tanks Crew: F-15A/C: one. F-15B/D/E: two Armament: One internally mounted M-61A1 20mm 20-mm, six-barrel cannon with 940 rounds of ammunition; four AIM-9 Sidewinder and four AIM-120 AMRAAMs or eight AIM-120 AMRAAMs, carried externally. Unit Cost: A/B models - $27.9 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars);C/D models - $29.9 million (fiscal 98 constant dollars) Initial operating capability: September 1975 Inventory: Total force, 249