Lockheed Martin F 22 Raptor

F 22 Raptor  Lockheed Martin

F22 Raptor is a single pilot 5th generation Fighter jet aircraft which uses the stealth technology developed by USA in 15th December 2005. Total project cost was 66 Billion US$ for the F 22 Raptor and a single F22 raptor cost US$ 150 million.

F22 Raptor can be used for Air to Air attacks, Ground attacks, Electronic warfare, and  signal intelligence missions. Max speed is greater than 1,317 mph, 2,120 km/h. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor  Radar cross section is  0.0001 square meters.

F 22 Raptor replaces the F 15 Eagle and F 16 Fighting falcon.  F-35 is cheaper and  will not be as agile as the F-22 or fly as high or as fast, but its radar and avionics  more advanced. F22 Raptor is not in export market but the f 35 is available for the export. So we think F22 is in a Higher Position than the F 35. The Raptor's very high sustained cruise speed and operational altitude add significantly to the effective range of both air-to-air and air-to-surface munitions. This gives it a 40% greater employment range for air to air missiles than the F-35.

On 6 April 2009, Secretary of Defense Gates called for the phasing out of F-22 production in fiscal year 2011. The F-22 has the highest accident rate of any USAF fighter aircraft in service. This rate is expected to go down as the Air Force gains more experience in operating the aircraft. This may be because of the platform's relative immaturity due to its early operational status and low number of flight hours

F 22 Raptor
F 22 Raptor

Weapons of F 22 Raptor
Six compressed-carriage medium range missiles.

One short range missile in each of the two side bays.

Four of the medium range missiles can be replaced with two bomb racks that can each carry one medium-size bomb or four small diameter bombs. The missiles are pushed clear of the airframe by hydraulic arms. This reduces the Raptor's chance of detection by enemy radar systems due to launched ordnance.

F-22 can carry air-to-surface weapons such as bombs with Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) guidance and the Small-Diameter Bomb, but cannot self-designate for laser-guided weapons.

M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm cannon in the right wing root carries 480 rounds   ammunition for five seconds of sustained fire.

Air to air weapons in F22
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder
Air to Ground weapons in F 22
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder for self-protection
2× 1,000 lb (450 kg) JDAM or 8× 250 lb (110 kg) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs
4× under-wing pylon stations can be fitted to carry 600 US gallon drop tanks or weapons, each with a capacity of 5,000 lb
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