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F/A-22A Raptor  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2005
Maiden Flight: 1997
Total Production: 195
Unitary Cost: USD$412 million
Also Known As: ATF, F-22 Raptor and F-22A Raptor
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Boeing and Lockheed Martin*   (*) lead contractor
Parent System: F/A-22 Raptor
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2005
Maiden Flight: 1997
Total Production: 195
Total Cost: USD$67 billion
Family Members: FB-22
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Description: The F/A-22 Raptor is a stealth, long-range, supersonic, multi-role fighter designed to replace the F-15 Eagle ensuring the Us Air Force Air Dominance in the first quarter of the 21st century. It will be able to fight against the most sophisticated integrated air defense networks, as well as to gain and to keep air dominance against sophisticated enemy fighter aircraft fielded or under development. The F/A-22 features two internal side bays and one center bay for weaponry. The side bays will accommodate one AIM-9X Sidewinder each. The center bay will carry up to six AMRAAM missiles or two AMRAAM and two GBU-32 JDAM bombs. A built-in 20mm M61A2 cannon will be provided for close-in air-to-air engagements. In addition, the F/A-22 would load external weaponry and fuel tanks when assured air superiority. The external loads represent to increase radar cross section and drag, as well as lower survivability and aerodynamic performance.

The F/A-22 Raptor will be the first aircraft around capable of a first-look, first-shot and first-kill. According the US Air Force, this capability will the key of air-to-air engagements in the 21st century as did the maneuverability during the past century. A sustained speed of Mach 1.5, also known as supercruise capability, will provide unprecedented combat performance than previous fighter aircraft. The life cycle costs of the F/A-22 are 40% lower than F-15. Reliability and availability have been increased compared to F-15, and maintainability will be easier. The first F/A-22 multi-role fighter wing will be placed at Langley achieving initial operational capability by December 2005. The US Air Force plans to purchase up to 381 (276 estimated to funds availability) F/A-22s through 2013 when the last aircraft will be delivered.

In early July 2004, the total Raptors ordered by the US Air Force raised to 74 aircraft through 2006 with 27 already delivered. During 2005 the US Air Force is expected to take a decision on lot 6 aircraft which includes 26 F/A-22s and to whether the Raptor is ready for high-rate production (3 aircraft/month) beginning with lot 6 during 2006. Following a Raptor crash at Nellis Air Force Base on December 20, 2004, the entire fleet was called for a safety stand down. The Raptor was taking off and exploded, thank God!, the pilot was ejected safely and suffered no serious injuries. The aircraft was assigned to 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron at Nellis AFB, Nevada. As of December 2004, the F/A-22 program had logged more than 7,000 flight hours and the US Air Force plans were to purchase up to 277 airplanes. The Raptor fleet resumed flight testing on 6 January 2005.

The US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) at Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico, released that the F/A-22A Raptor passed initial operational test and evaluation on February 1, 2005. Four key issues were assessed by AFOTEC: lethality, survivability, deployability and maintainability. The aircraft was labeled 'overwhelmingly effective' in simulated combat scenarios, but AFOTEC raised some concerns on deployability and maintainability. Four Raptors were involved during the testing conducted primarily at Nevada Test and Training Range. Nevertheless, Raptor was expected to reach initial operational capability (IOC) in December 2005.

Lockheed-Martin was awarded a $414 million contract funding F/A-22 Lot 6 production advanced buy for 24 aircraft and associated equipment on February 18, 2005. In April 2005, the F/A-22 Raptor fighter aircraft was given the green light by Department of Defense acquisition officials to enter into full-rate production. On 29 August 2005, F/A-22 entered into Operational Test and Evaluation focusing on many areas including air-to-ground strike capability and suitability for deployment by C-17 aircraft. On 7 September 2005, Lockheed-Martin was awarded a $395 million contract modification in support of F/A-22 Lot 5 production aircraft. The contract modification issued to Lockheed-Martin covered logistics support related topics and was scheduled to complete by December 2007.

The US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Lot 5 production contract on November 9, 2005. Lot 5 contract was valued at $2.99 billion and covered production of 24 F/A-22 Raptor multi-role combat aircraft. Production work on lot 5 aircraft was scheduled to be complete November 2007. Thus far the US Air Force has contracted 107 F/A-22s, including lot 5 contract aircraft, of which 53 were already delivered by Lockheed-Martin as of November 2005. The United States Air Force officially declared the F-22A Raptor weapon system operational December 15, 2005 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Following Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Raptor may be deployed anywhere in the world and conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. As of December 2005, Lockheed Martin had assembled 67 F-22s and the US Air Force was holding 56 aircraft.

In March 2006 the Us Air Force made public that the third and fourth F/A-22 operational bases were going to be Holloman Air Force Base (AFB) in New Mexico and Hickam AFB in Hawaii. The USAF already selected Langley AFB, Virginia, as the first Raptor operational base and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, as the preferred location for the second operational beddown. As of March 2006, the USAF plans for the F-22A Raptor called for procurement of 183 aircraft through to 2012. On November 1st, 2006, the US Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.23 billion modification contract supporting the F-22 lot 7 long lead procurement. Lot 7 procurement was expected to complete October 2009. The F-22A Raptor saw combat for the first time on September 23, 2014, as part of bombing operations against ISIL group in Syria.

F/A-22A Raptor Specifications

Crew: 1
Number of Engines: 2
Service Life Flight Hours: 8,000
Radar Cross Section (RCS): 0.01 square meter (100 square cm)
Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 19 meter (62 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.6 meter (45 foot)
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 9.50 g
Availability: 60 %
Ceiling: 50,000 foot (15,240 meter)
Ferry Range: 1,600 nautical mile (2,963 kilometer)
Max Range at Supercruise: 100 nautical mile
Radius of Operation: 800 kilometer (432 nautical mile)
Cruise Speed: 0.95 mach (1,136 kph)
Supercruise Speed: 1.56 mach
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2,470 kph (1,334 KTAS)
Empty Weight: 43,340 pound (19.7 ton)
Fuel Load: 18,000 pound (8.16 ton)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 70,000 pound (31,752 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 38,000 kilogram (83,774 pound)
Operational Weight: 29,000 kilogram (63,933 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F/A-22A Raptor News

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Friday, May 1, 2020US Air Force to Get Net-centric Gateway for F-22 and F-35 Aircraft
Thursday, February 20, 2020Japan Unveils Future F-X Godzilla Stealth Fighter
Friday, December 20, 2019US Air Force F-22 Fleet Get Logistics Support Through 2032
Monday, September 16, 2019US Air Force NGAD Program Aiming at F/A-22 and F-35A Replacement
Tuesday, February 12, 2019China to Get its Sixth Generation Fighter by 2035
Tuesday, January 22, 2019US Intelligence Claims China Buildng JH-XX Stealth Medium Bomber
Thursday, January 17, 2019China Might Develop a Twin-Seat J-20 Stealth Aircraft
Wednesday, December 19, 2018US Air Force Penetrating Counter Air to Replace F-15C/D and F-22 Aircraft
Sunday, November 18, 2018J-20 Stealth Fighter Equipped with Retractable Refuelling Probe
Thursday, November 8, 2018United States Seeks to Increase Combat Availability Rate of its Fither Jets in 2019

Operators & Related Equipment

United States of America195
The US Air Force received 10 test aircraft plus 185 production aircraft. Three aircraft lost at Nellis Air Force Base in December 2004, during a test flight near Edwards Air Force Base in March 2009 and during a night training mission near Elmendorf-Richardson airbase in Alaska on November 16, 2010
Sep 2018183
Jul 2015167
Jan 2014183
May 2012185
Aug 2011165USAF F-22 operations halted since May 3 due to aircraft malfunction and were resumed in September 2011
Oct 2010168
Dec 2009153
Jun 2008119
Aug 2007100

Grand Total 1951
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