The US Air Force announced that the F/A-22 Raptor Operational Test and
Evaluation phase began April 29 when the first two-ship sortie was flown and
tested by members of the combined test force at Edwards Air Force Base,
the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) phase is complete, a report
will provide senior US Air Force leaders the information needed to approve the
Raptor for full-rate production. To date, 25 F/A-22 air dominance fighters have
been delivered to the US Air Force operating at Edwards, Nellis, and Tyndall air
The IOT&E phase started at Edwards will demonstrate Raptor's key elements such
as agility, stealthy, speed and integrated avionics. These attributes will allow
Raptor to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground combat missions with impunity
amid large numbers of sophisticated ground and airborne threats such as S-300
SAM systems and Su-27/30/35 fighters.
The F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter should achieve initial operational
capability (IOC) at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, by December 2005. It will
replace the proven F-15C/D Eagle fleet. Potentially, a Raptor's intended
derivative, called the FB-22, could be the replacement for US Air Force F-15Es
The US Air Force requirement for at least 381 aircraft remains unchanged, but
funds availability could drop this figure to less than 300 aircraft. Several
weeks ago, Republican Senator McCain suggested that the F/A-22 program could be
cancelled following RAH-66's fate to fund the military campaign in Iraq.
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