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A Brief History of the F22 Raptor

The Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine fifth-generation supermaneuverable fighter aircraft that utilizes stealth technology. It was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but possesses additional capabilities, including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.

On December 15, 2005 the USAF announced that the Raptor had reached what it termed "Initial Operational Capability" (IOC). During air exercises in Alaska in June of 2006, 12 F-22s downed 108 adversaries with no losses in simulated combat exercises.

On December 12, 2007, USAF General John D.W. Corley officially declared F-22s of the integrated active duty 1st Fighter Wing and Virginia Air National Guard 192d Fighter Wing fully operational – three years after the first Raptor was delivered to Langley AFB in Virginia.

The US Air Force is currently the only operator of the F-22. It has ordered 187 aircraft, with the last to be delivered by early Q2 2012.

The F22's high cost, a lack of well-defined air-to-air combat missions resulting from delays in Russian and Chinese fifth-generation fighter programs, a US ban on Raptor exports, and ongoing development of the planned cheaper and more versatile F-35, led to calls for cancellation of F-22 production. In April 2009, the US Department of Defense proposed the cessation of new orders, subject to Congressional approval, resulting in a final procurement total of 187 aircraft. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 contained no funding for additional F-22s. Consequently, the last Raptor rolled off the assembly line in December, 2011.

Because of the Raptor's relative lack of maturity due to its early operational status and low number of flight hours, it has the highest accident rate of any USAF fighter aircraft in service. This rate is expected to decline as the Air Force gains more experience in operating the aircraft.

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Specifications

Role

Stealth air superiority fighter

Manufacturer

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Boeing Defense, Space & Security

First flight

September 7, 1997

Propulsion

Twin-engine

Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 Pitch Thrust vectoring turbofans

Performance

Max speed

1,500 m/h (mach 2.25)

Max cruising speed

1,220 m/h (mach 1.82)

Service ceiling

65,000 ft

Max range (no reserves)

> 1,600 nm

Weight (empty)

43,430 lbs

Max takeoff

83,500 lbs

Dimensions

Wing span

44' 6"

Length

62' 1"

Height

16' 8"

Wing area

840 sq ft

Seating Capacity

1

Armament

  • Guns: 1× 20 mm (0.787 in) M61A2 Vulcan 6-barreled gatling cannon in starboard wing root, 480 rounds

  • Air to air loadout:

     • 6× AIM-120 AMRAAM

     • 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder

  • Air to ground loadout:

     • 2× AIM-120 AMRAAM and

     • 2× AIM-9 Sidewinder for self-protection, and one of the following:

         • 2× 1,000 lb (450 kg) JDAM or

         • 8× 250 lb (110 kg) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs

  • Hardpoints: 4× under-wing pylon stations can be fitted to carry 600 US gallon drop tanks or weapons, each with a capacity of 5,000 lb (2,268 kg)

Avionics

  • RWR (Radar warning receiver): 250 nmi (463 km) or more

  • Radar: 125–150 miles (200–240 km) against 1m (11 sq ft) targets (estimated range)

  • Chemring MJU-39/40 flares for protection against IR missiles

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