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F/A-22A Raptor  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): December 2005
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
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 6 AMRAAM missiles or 2 AMRAAM and 2 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
Area
Radar Cross Section (RCS): 0.01 square meter (100 square cm)
Dimensions
Height: 5.10 meter (16.7 foot)
Length: 18.9 meter (62 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 13.6 meter (45 foot)
G-load
Max Maneuvering Load Factor: 9.50 g
Percent
Availability: 60 %
Performance
Ceiling: 50,000 foot (15,240 meter)
Ferry Range: 1,600 nautical mile (2,963 kilometer)
Speed
Cruise Speed: 1.56 mach (1,865 kph)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 2 mach (2,391 kph)
Weight
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: 83,500 pound (37.9 ton)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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F/A-22A Raptor News

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Thursday, September 28, 2017China Developing Terahertz Radar to Detect Stealth Jets
Tuesday, September 12, 2017Raytheon Projector Selected for New F-22 Digital Head-up Display by BAE Systems
Monday, August 7, 2017US Air Force to Upgrade F-22 Raptors to Keep Them Flying in 2060
Tuesday, July 25, 2017Russian Air Force Izdelie 30 Engine to Provide 42,000-lb of Thurst
Friday, July 21, 2017Russian T-50 Stealth Fighter to Feature Nervous System to Ease Maintenance
Monday, May 8, 2017Talon HATE Pod Demonstrates Network Capabilities Between US Air Force F-15C and F-22 Aircraft
Wednesday, March 29, 2017US Air Force F-22 Gets AIM-9X Shrot-Range Air-to-Air Missile
Monday, November 7, 2016China Showcases Two Anti-Stealth Surveillance Radars
Tuesday, November 1, 2016China Displays its First Production J-20 Stealth Fighters at Airshow
Thursday, September 29, 2016Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter May Match or Surpass F-22 Performance

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
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
YearHoldings
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
Cannons & Gear
M61A2x1
Defensive Weapons
AIM-120C5/C7x6
AIM-120D AMRAAMx6
AIM-9X Sidewinderx2
GBU-32 JDAMx2
GBU-35 JDAMx2
GBU-39/Bx6
Propulsion Systems
F119-PW-100x2
Protection Systems
AN/AAR-56
AN/ALE-52
AN/ALR-94
Sensor Systems
AN/APG-77x1
ICNI
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