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  • Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor Air Dominance Fighter


    Some technological issues have plagued early operational use of the Lockheed F-22 Raptor but she remains a potent fighter mount nonetheless.

     Updated: 6/20/2017; Authored By Dan Alex; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The Lockheed F-22 "Raptor" represents a culmination of decades-worth of data collection, testing and evaluation for the United States Air Force (USAF). She is the newest fighter design in the Air Force stable and the most cutting-edge fighter mount currently in existence. The F-22 was added to the USAF inventory to replace the aging McDonnell Douglas / Boeing F-15 Eagle series of air superiority / multi-role fighters in an effort to meet the then-current and any proposed future threats as part of the Global Strike Task Force.

    Coupled with the upcoming Lockheed F-35 Lightning II multirole aircraft, the USAF will field a potent "one-two" punch for generations to come. As the world's only operational "Fifth Generation" fighter platform, the F-22s only true "enemy" at this time appears to be the growing pains involved with her complex and highly technical internal systems. Both Russia and China are currently development 5th Generation Fighters all their own - challenging the F-22's claim to the next-gen skies.


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    Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 2005
    Type: Air Dominance Fighter
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Lockheed Martin Corporation / The Boeing Company - USA
    Production Total: 195



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 62.07 feet (18.92 meters)
    Width: 44.49 feet (13.56 meters)
    Height: 16.47 feet (5.02 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 31,998 lb (14,514 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 54,999 lb (24,947 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 2 x Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 afterburning turbofans developing 35,000 lb of thrust each.

    Maximum Speed: 1,599 mph (2,574 kph; 1,390 knots)
    Maximum Range: 2,000 miles (3,218 km)
    Service Ceiling: 50,000 feet (15,240 meters; 9.47 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    STANDARD:
    1 x 20mm internal cannon

    AIR-TO-AIR, STEALTH:
    2 x AIM-9 Sidewinders short-ranged air-to-air missiles (internal side weapons bays).
    6 x AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-ranged air-to-air missiles (Internal ventral weapons bay).

    AIR-TO-AIR, NON-STEALTH:
    4 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-ranged, air-to-air missiles (External, underwing, outboard)
    2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-ranged air-to-air missiles (Internal side weapons bays).
    6 x AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-ranged, air-to-air missiles (Internal ventral weapons bay).

    AIR-TO-GROUND, STEALTH:
    2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder short-ranged air-to-air missiles (Internal side weapons bays).
    2 x AIM-120 AMRAAM medium-ranged, air-to-air missiles (Internal ventral weapons bay).
    2 x 1,000lb GBU-32 Joint Direct Munitions (JDAM) (Internal ventral weapons bay).

    OPTIONAL, AIR-TO-GROUND, STEALTH:
    8 x 250lb GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs (SDBs) (Internal ventral weapons bay) in place of JDAM.

    OPTIONAL, MISCELLANEOUS:
    2 x 600 US Gallon external fuel drop tanks underwing, inboard.

    Global Operators / Customers


    United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    YF-22 "Lightning II" - Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) competition aircraft designation fitting YF119 and YF120 engines; two produced.

    F-22A "Raptor" - Single-Seat Production Model

    F/A-22 - Alternate Prototype Designation to coincide with addition of ground-attack functionality; designation since dropped.

    FB-22 - Proposed Two-Seat Fighter-Bomber derivative based on the single-seat F-22A; cancelled.

    F-22 "Navy" - Porposed navalized fighter with swing-wings; cancelled.