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The F-22 Raptor is a new breed
of super-fighter for the 21st century. With its stealth, supersonic
cruise, agility and advanced integrated avionics, it will dominate the
skies over any future battlefield and bring unequaled capability into
the hands of America’s Air Force fighter pilots.
Lockheed Martin, Boeing and
Pratt & Whitney have joined with the U.S. Air Force to develop and
produce the revolutionary F-22. The world’s first stealth air-to-air
fighter, the F-22 will be unseen and deadly at long range and unmatched
at close-in dog fighting. As a true multi mission fighter, it will also
have superb, precision-strike ground attack capability. A multimode
electronically scanned radar, internal weapons carriage, vectored thrust
and a sophisticated fully integrated sensor array are only some of the
revolutionary advantages that Raptor brings to the air combat arena.
Slated to be operational early in the next century, F-22 will replace
the U.S. Air Force’s aging fleet of F-15 Eagle fighters.
The F-22 is the first
production aircraft with the ability to super cruise – flying at
supersonic speeds without the use of afterburners. The Raptor achieves
this by combining efficient aerodynamic design with two Pratt &
Whitney F119-PW-100 engines, rated in the 35,000-lb thrust category.
Designed and built with
reliability and maintainability in mind, the F-22 offers new capability
to deploy and fight on day one. Twice as reliable and capable as its
predecessors, it will allow the Air Force to get to the fight faster,
stay longer and fly more missions than any conventional fighter
The F-22 is proving itself
today through a rigorous flight test program in the skies above Edwards
Air Force Base, California, and the results have been outstanding. Air
Force and F-22 Contractor Team test pilots are putting the Raptor
through its paces, and the aircraft, engines and avionics will be
thoroughly tested before the F-22 enters active duty.
The Raptor will carry existing
and planned air-to-air weapons, including a full complement of AIM-120
advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM) and AIM-9 Sidewinder
short-range missiles, along with an internal M61A2 Vulcan 20mm cannon.
Multi mission air-to-surface weaponry includes the new GBU-32, 1,000-lb
joint direct attack munition (JDAM) for precision, all-weather attack
Above info from Lockheed Martin