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F-117A Nighthawk  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 60
Unitary Cost: USD$45 million
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: F-117A Nighthawk
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1982
Total Production: 60
Total Cost: USD$2.7 billion
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Description: The F-117A Nighthawk is a twin-engine, subsonic, single-seat, low-observable (stealth) attack fighter aircraft. It was designed and produced in secrecy for the United States Air Force. It performs attack missions against targets protected by sophisticated air defenses.

The F-117A uses laser guided bombs to attack heavily defended targets using an internally mounted FLIR, as it did during the Gulf War in 1991. The availability of more sophisticated, fire and forget weapons such as the JDAM bombs will benefit the F-117 fighter aircraft. Due to stealth airframe design, the two weapons transported by the F-117 are stored in an internal bay in the aircraft belly. This aircraft has no external hard points.

The F-117A was employed for the first time against Panama during operation Just Cause and against Iraq during the Gulf War. It was during the Gulf War that the F-117A demonstrated its real value bombing Baghdad.

At the end of the 1990s it was said that the F-117A was going to remain in service until 2015 when it would be replaced, along with the F-15E, by an attack variant of the F-22 Raptor called the FB-22 or F-22X. After 2000 the US Air Force plans called for the F-117 fleet retirement by 2011. Following QDR 2006 the F-117 retirement date was accelerated to fiscal year 2008.

The US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.4 billion contract on 28 September 2006 to provide sustainment support for the F-117 aircraft under Total System Support Partnership (TSSP) II effort. The contract also included aircraft modifications and other services. The contract was set to expire in September 2012.

F-117A Nighthawk Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Area
Radar Cross Section (RCS): 30 square cm (0.00 square meter)
Dimensions
Height: 3.78 meter (12.4 foot)
Length: 20.1 meter (66 foot)
Wingspan: 13.2 meter (43 foot)
Weight
Max Takeoff Thrust: 21,000 pound (9,526 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 23,815 kilogram (52,502 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F-117A Nighthawk News

There are 4 news between
19 May 2005 and 23 Jun 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006Air Force General Sees Room for 381 F-22s
Monday, February 6, 2006US Air Force QDR and FY2007 Budget Highlights
Friday, August 19, 2005B-1B Demonstrates Upgraded Strike Capability
Thursday, May 19, 2005Lockheed-Martin Awarded WCMD and WCMD-ER Production Contract

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems

Grand Total 601
Defensive Weapons
GBU-27 Paveway IIIx2
GBU-31 JDAMx2
GBU-32 JDAMx2
WCMDx2
Offensive Weapons
AGM-158A JASSMx2
Propulsion Systems
F404-GE-F1D2x2
Sensor Systems
IRADSx1
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