The US Air Force (USAF) has announced that the F/A-22A Raptor Air Dominance
Fighter has passed the initial operational test and evaluation demonstrating to
be overwhelmingly effective in simulated combat scenarios. The report was
released by the US Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) at
Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Testing for the Raptor began in late April 2004 and was conducted at the Nevada
Test and Training Range. With additional tests carried out in simulators at
Lockheed-Martin's facility in Marietta, Georgia. The Operational Test and
Evaluation Center performs testing on every new system acquired by the US Air
Force. During the initial tests the F/A-22 demonstrated its operational
effectiveness and the suitability of its weapons system.
operational test and evaluation assess four issues: lethality, survivability,
deployability and maintainability. Up to four Raptors were involved in this
testing flying in a variety of airborne simulated combat scenarios. During the
test, it met or exceeded performance expectations in altitude, speed,
maneuverability and survivability. The F/A-22 Raptor performed more than two
times better than the F-15C in the same scenarios. Due to its stealthy airframe,
the Raptor was not engaged by the simulated ground-based air defenses while
shoot down all the adversaries aircraft using its 'first look, first shoot'
capability strongly related to its stealthy, advanced sensors and weapons
Finally, AFOTEC identified some deficiencies/concerns tied to Raptor's
deployability and maintainability, but the US Air Force expects to solve that
issue before this December when the F/A-22 is scheduled to achieve initial
operational capability (IOC). IOC means the aircraft is ready to deploy
worldwide in a combat mission. Meanwhile, Raptor flight training is on-going at
Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, and flight operations have begun at Langley Air
Force Base, Virginia, which will be the home of the first Raptor fighter
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