Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor

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F-22 Raptor
Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor JSOH.jpg
An F-22 flies over Andrews Air Force Base (AFB)
Role Stealth air superiority fighter
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Boeing Defense, Space & Security
First flight 7 September 1997[1]
Introduction 15 December 2005
Status In service
Primary user United States Air Force
Produced F-22: 1996–2011[2]
Number built 195 (8 test and 187 operational aircraft)[2][3]
Program cost US$66.7 billion[4]
Unit cost
US$150 million (flyaway cost for FY2009)[5]
Developed from Lockheed YF-22
Developed into Lockheed Martin X-44 MANTA
Lockheed Martin FB-22

The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles.[6] Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems, and final assembly of the F-22. Program partner Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.

The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 prior to formally entering service in December 2005 as the F-22A. Despite a protracted development and operational issues, the USAF considers the F-22 a critical component of its tactical air power, and claims that the aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter.[7] The Raptor's combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness gives the aircraft unprecedented air-to-air capabilities.[8] Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, former Chief of the Australian Defence Force, said in 2004 that the "F-22 will be the most outstanding fighter plane ever built."[9]

The high cost of the aircraft, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile and lower cost F-35 led to the end of F-22 production.[N 1] A final procurement tally of 187 operational production aircraft was established in 2009 and the last F-22 was delivered to the USAF in 2012.

Development[edit]

Origins[edit]

In 1981 the U.S. Air Force developed a requirement for an Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) as a new air superiority fighter to replace the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon. Code named "Senior Sky",[11] this program was influenced by the emerging worldwide threats, including development and proliferation of Soviet Su-27 "Flanker"- and MiG-29 "Fulcrum"-class fighter aircraft. It would take advantage of the new technologies in fighter design on the horizon, including composite materials, lightweight alloys, advanced flight-control systems, more powerful propulsion systems, and stealth technology. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued in July 1986 and two contractor teams, Lockheed/Boeing/General Dynamics and Northrop/McDonnell Douglas, were selected on 31 October 1986 to undertake a 50-month demonstration phase, culminating in the flight test of two technology demonstrator prototypes, the YF-22 and the YF-23.[12][13][14]

Each design team produced two prototype air vehicles, one for each of the two engine options. The Lockheed-led team employed thrust vectoring nozzles on YF-22 for enhanced maneuverability in dogfights. The ATF's increasing weight and cost drove out some features during development. A dedicated infra-red search and track (IRST) system was downgraded from multi-color to single color and then deleted, the side-looking radars were deleted and the ejection seat requirement was downgraded from a fresh design to the existing McDonnell Douglas ACES II.[15]

After a 90-day flight test validation of the prototypes, on 23 April 1991, Secretary of the USAF Donald Rice announced the YF-22 as the winner of the ATF competition.[16] The YF-23 design was considered stealthier and faster while the YF-22 was more maneuverable.[17] The aviation press speculated that the YF-22 was also more adaptable to the U.S. Navy's Navalized Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF), but by 1992, the Navy had abandoned NATF.[18] In 1991, the USAF planned to buy 650 aircraft.[19]

Production and procurement[edit]

F-22 being painted. Workers wearing white apparel standing on the aircraft's top applying a gray and black coat over the F-22. Temporary construction equipment surrounds its leading edges and nose sections.
F-22 Raptor being painted at the Lockheed Martin assembly plant at Marietta, Georgia

Primary contractor Lockheed Martin Aeronautics manufactures the majority of the airframe and performs final assembly at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia; program partner Boeing Defense, Space & Security provides additional airframe components as well as avionics integration and training systems.[20] F-22 production was split up over many subcontractors across 46 states to increase Congressional support,[21][22] though this production split may have contributed to increased costs and delays.[23] Many capabilities were deferred to post-service upgrades, reducing the initial cost but increasing total program cost.[24] Each aircraft built required "1,000 subcontractors and suppliers and 95,000 workers".[25]

A diagram of the various manufacturers of the F-22

The F-22 had several design changes from the YF-22. The swept-back angle on the wing's leading edge was decreased from 48° to 42°, while the vertical stabilizers were shifted rearward and their area decreased by 20%.[26] To improve pilot visibility, the canopy was moved forward 7 inches (18 cm), and the engine intakes moved rearward 14 inches (36 cm). The shapes of the wing and stabilator trailing edges were refined to improve aerodynamics, strength, and stealth characteristics.[27][28] Due to increasing weight during development, range and aerodynamic performance were slightly reduced.[29]

The first F-22, an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) aircraft named Raptor 4001, was unveiled at Marietta, Georgia on 9 April 1997, and first flew on 7 September 1997.[30] In 2006, the Raptor's development team, composed of over 1,000 contractors and the USAF, won the Collier Trophy, American aviation's most prestigious award.[31] The F-22 was in production for 15 years, at a rate of roughly two per month during peak production.[32]

Two F-22s overflying snow-capped mountains.
Two F-22s during flight testing, the upper one being the first EMD F-22, Raptor 4001

The USAF had originally envisioned ordering 750 ATFs at a cost of $26.2 billion, with production beginning in 1994; however, the 1990 Major Aircraft Review led by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney altered the plan to 648 aircraft beginning in 1996. In 1994, the number was cut to 438 aircraft that would enter service by 2004, and in 1997 the number was further cut to 339.[33] By 2003, the existing funding limited the purchase to 277 fighters, and in 2004, the Department of Defense (DoD) further reduced the number to 183 operational production aircraft.[34] In 2006, a multi-year procurement plan was implemented that would save $15 billion but raise the cost of each aircraft. The total cost of the program by 2006 was $62 billion, at which point the USAF still sought to acquire 381 F-22s divided among seven active duty combat squadrons and three integrated Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard squadrons.[35] In 2007, Lockheed Martin received a $7.3 billion contract that raised the order number of production F-22s to 183 and extended manufacturing through 2011.[36]

In April 2006, the cost of the F-22 was assessed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to be $361 million per aircraft, with $28 billion invested in F-22 development and testing; the Unit Procurement Cost was estimated at $178 million in 2006, based on a production run of 181 aircraft.[37][38] It was estimated by the end of production, $34 billion will have been spent on procurement, resulting in a total program cost of $62 billion, around $339 million per aircraft. The incremental cost for an additional F-22 was estimated at about $138 million in 2009.[35][39] In March 2012, the GAO increased the estimated cost to $412 million per aircraft.[40]

Ban on exports[edit]

The F-22 cannot be exported under American federal law.[41] Customers for U.S. fighters are either acquiring earlier designs such as the F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon or shall acquire the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter, which contains technology from the F-22 but is designed to be cheaper, more flexible, and available for export.[42] In September 2006, Congress upheld the ban on foreign F-22 sales.[43] Despite the ban, the 2010 defense authorization bill included provisions requiring the DoD to prepare a report on the costs and feasibility for an F-22 export variant, and another report on the impact of F-22 export sales on U.S. aerospace industry.[44][45]

The IAF would be happy to equip itself with 24 F-22s, but the problem at this time is the U.S. refusal to sell the aircraft, and its $200 million price tag.

Israeli Air Force (IAF) chief procurement officer Brigadier-General Ze'ev Snir.[46]

Some Australian politicians and defense commentators proposed that Australia should attempt to purchase F-22s instead of the planned F-35s,[47][48] citing the F-22's known capabilities and F-35's delays and developmental uncertainties.[49] However, the RAAF determined that the F-22 was unable to perform the F-35's strike and close air support roles.[50] The Japanese government also showed interest in the F-22 for its Replacement-Fighter program.[51] The Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) would reportedly require fewer fighters for its mission if it obtained the F-22, thus reducing engineering and staffing costs. However, in 2009 it was reported that the F-22 would require increases to the defense budget beyond the historical 1 percent of GDP.[52] With the ending of F-22 production, Japan chose the F-35 in December 2011.[53] Israel had also expressed interest in the Raptor, but eventually chose the F-35 because of the F-22's price and unavailability.[46][54]

Production termination[edit]

Throughout the 2000s, the need for F-22s was debated due to rising costs and the lack of relevant adversaries. In 2006, Comptroller General of the United States David Walker found that "the DoD has not demonstrated the need" for more investment in the F-22,[55] and further opposition to the program was expressed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England, Senator John McCain, and Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Senator John Warner.[56][57] The F-22 program lost influential supporters in 2008 after resignation of Secretary of the USAF Michael Wynne and General T. Michael Moseley.[58] Nevertheless, in 2008, Congress passed a defense spending bill funding the F-22's continued production and the Pentagon released $50 million of the $140 million for four additional aircraft, raising the total orders for production aircraft to 187 and leaving the program in the hands of the next administration.[59][60]

Two F-22As in close trail formation

In November 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates stated that the Raptor was not relevant in post-Cold War conflicts such as in Iraq and Afghanistan,[61] and in April 2009, under the new Obama Administration, he called for ending F-22 production in fiscal year (FY) 2011, leaving the USAF with 187 production aircraft.[62] In July, General James Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated to the Senate Committee on Armed Services his reasons for supporting termination of F-22 production, including shifting resources to the multirole F-35 to allow proliferation of fifth-generation fighters for three service branches and preserving the F/A-18 production line to maintain the military's electronic warfare (EW) capabilities in the EA-18G Growler.[63] Issues with the F-22's reliability and availability also raised concerns.[42][64] After President Obama threatened to veto further production, the Senate voted in July 2009 in favor of ending production and the House subsequently agreed to abide by the 187 production aircraft cap.[65][66] Gates stated that the decision was taken in light of the F-35's capabilities,[67] and in 2010, he set the F-22 requirement to 187 aircraft by lowering the number of major regional conflict preparations from two to one.[68]

The Pentagon cannot continue with business as usual when it comes to the F-22 or any other program in excess of our needs.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, speaking on the cancellation.[69]

In 2010, USAF initiated a study to determine the costs of retaining F-22 tooling for a future Service Life Extension Program (SLEP).[70] A RAND paper from this study estimated that restarting production and building an additional 75 F-22s would cost $17 billion, resulting in $227 million per aircraft or 54 million higher than the flyaway cost.[71] Lockheed Martin stated that restarting the production line itself would cost about $200 million.[72] Production tooling will be documented in illustrated electronic manuals stored at the Sierra Army Depot.[73] Retained tooling will produce additional components; due to the limited production run there are no reserve aircraft, leading to considerable care during maintenance.[74]

Russian and Chinese fighter developments have fueled concern; in 2009, General John Corley, head of Air Combat Command, stated that a fleet of 187 F-22s would be inadequate, but Secretary Gates dismissed this concern.[58] In 2011, Gates explained that Chinese fifth-generation fighter developments had been accounted when the number of F-22s was set, and that the U.S. would have a considerable advantage in stealth aircraft in 2025, even with F-35 delays.[75] In December 2011, the 195th and final F-22 was completed out of 8 test and 187 operational aircraft produced, the final aircraft was delivered to the USAF on 2 May 2012.[62][76]

Upgrades[edit]

The first combat-capable Block 3.0 aircraft first flew in 2001.[77] Increment 2, the first F-22 upgrade program, was implemented in 2005 and gave the aircraft the ability to employ Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM).[78] In 2009, testing began for Increment 3.1, which provides improved ground-attack capability through synthetic-aperture radar mapping and radio emitter direction finding, electronic attack and the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB).[79] This upgrade was applied to 149 Raptors, and the first upgraded aircraft was delivered in 2012.[80][81][82] Increment 3.2 is a two-part upgrade process; 3.2A focuses on electronic warfare, communications and identification, while 3.2B will allow the F-22 to better employ the AIM-9X and AIM-120D missiles.[83][78]

F-22 during takeoff at Elmendorf AFB, Anchorage, Alaska

To enable two-way communication between the F-22 and other platforms, three business jets were equipped with the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) in 2009. Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are currently competing to connect the F-22 with other platforms while maintaining stealth.[84][85] Lockheed Martin is developing IRST functionality into the AN/AAR-56 Missile Launch Detector (MLD),[86] and the F-22 System Program Office is working with the 422d Test and Evaluation Squadron to integrate the Visionix Scorpion helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) with the aircraft to allow off-boresight missile launches.[83] In March 2010, the USAF accelerated software portions of 3.2 to be completed in FY 2013.[87][88] In February 2013, Lockheed Martin's upgrade contract was modified to include the 3.2B features, bringing the total upgrade cost to $6.9 billion; the upgrade process is expected to be completed by 2023. The subsequent Increment 3.3 may include the adoption of an open avionics platform and air traffic control updates.[89][76]

In January 2011, the USAF opened the Raptor enhancement, development and integration (REDI) contract to bidders, with a $16 billion budget.[90] In November 2011, Lockheed Martin's upgrade contract was increased by $1.4 billion to a maximum value of $7.4 billion.[91][92] Of the $11.7 billion allocated for upgrades, almost $2 billion was for structural repairs and to increase the fleet's availability rate from 55.5% to 70.6% by 2015.[93] Some F-35 technology, such as more durable stealth coatings, have been applied to the F-22.[94][95] Elements such as MADL are delayed until the F-35 program is completed.[96] By 2012, the update schedule had slipped seven years due to instability in requirements and funding.[97] In 2014 the USAF moved to cut funding for the Raptor upgrades.[98] The F-22 fleet is planned to have 36 Block 20 training aircraft and 149 Block 30/35 combat aircraft in 2016.

While no definitive cause was found for the frequent oxygen deprivation issues responsible for several incidents, including a fatal crash, the F-22 will be upgraded with a backup oxygen system, software upgrades and oxygen sensors to normal operations in spite of the problem.[99] In 2013, the faulty flight vest valves were replaced and altitude restrictions lifted; distance restrictions will be lifted once a backup oxygen system is installed.[100] In April 2014 the USAF confirmed in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee that installation of automatic backup oxygen systems on the F-22 fleet would be completed within twelve months.[101]

The F-22 was designed for a lifespan of 30 years and 8,000 flight hours, with a $100 million "structures retrofit program".[102] Investigations are being made for upgrades to extend their useful lives further.[103] In the long term, the F-22 is expected to eventually be replaced by the Next Generation TACAIR.[104]

Design[edit]

Overview[edit]

Rear view of jet aircraft in-flight at dawn/dusk above mountains. Its engines are in full afterburner, evident through the presence of shock diamonds.
F-22 flying with its F119-PW-100 engines on full afterburner

The F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation fighter that is considered fourth-generation in stealth aircraft technology by the USAF.[105] It is the first operational aircraft to combine supercruise, maneuverability, stealth, and sensor fusion into a single platform.[8] The Raptor has large trapezoidal wings, fixed-geometry inlets, and a retractable tricycle landing gear. Flight control surfaces include the rudders on the canted vertical stabilizers and the all-moving horizontal tails; these control surfaces also serve as the speed brake.[106] The aircraft's dual afterburning Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines are placed close together and incorporate pitch axis thrust vectoring nozzles with a range of ±20 degrees; each engine has a maximum thrust in the 35,000 lbf (156 kN) class.[107][7] Maximum speed without external stores is estimated to be Mach 1.82 during supercruise and greater than Mach 2 with afterburners.[108][N 2]

The F-22 is among only a few aircraft that can supercruise, or sustained supersonic flight without using fuel-inefficient afterburners; targets can be intercepted which subsonic aircraft would lack the speed to pursue and an afterburner-dependent aircraft would lack the fuel to reach.[7][110] The Raptor's high operating altitude is also a significant tactical advantage over prior fighters.[111] The use of internal weapons bays allows the aircraft to maintain comparatively higher performance over most other aircraft due to a lack of drag from external stores. The F-22's structure contains extensive amounts of high-strength materials to withstand stress and heat of sustained supersonic flight. Respectively, titanium alloys and composites comprise 39 and 24% of the aircraft's structural weight.[112]

Video of a F-22 flight demonstration

The F-22 is highly maneuverable at both supersonic and subsonic speeds. Computerized fly-by-wire control system and full authority digital engine control (FADEC) make the aircraft highly departure resistant and enable it to remain controllable at aggressive pilot inputs.[113][114] The Raptor's relaxed stability and thrust vectoring allow the aircraft to turn tightly, and perform very high alpha (angle of attack) maneuvers such as the Herbst maneuver (J-turn) and Pugachev's Cobra. The F-22 is also capable of maintaining over 60° alpha while having some roll control.[115]

The F-22's aerodynamic performance, sensor fusion, and stealth work together for increased effectiveness. Altitude, speed, and advanced active and passive sensors allow targets to be spotted at considerable ranges and increase weapons range. Altitude and speed also complement stealth's effectiveness by increasing distance between the aircraft and ground defenses and giving defensive systems less time to react.[116][7][117]

Avionics[edit]

Key avionics include BAE Systems EI&S AN/ALR-94 radar warning receiver (RWR),[118] Lockheed Martin AN/AAR-56 Infra-Red and Ultra-Violet missile approach warning system (MAWS) and Northrop Grumman AN/APG-77 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar. The RWR is a passive radar detector with more than 30 antennas are blended into the wings and fuselage for all-round coverage. Tom Burbage, former F-22 program head at Lockheed Martin, described it as "the most technically complex piece of equipment on the aircraft." The range of the RWR (250+ nmi) exceeds the radar's, and can cue radar emissions to be confined to a narrow beam (down to 2° by 2° in azimuth and elevation) to increase stealth.[119]

Two personnel in white apparel handing a radar
The AN/APG-77 AESA radar

The AN/APG-77 radar features a low-observable, active-aperture, electronically scanned array that can track multiple targets under any weather conditions. Radar emissions can also be focused to overload enemy sensors as an electronic-attack capability.[120][121] The radar changes frequencies more than 1,000 times per second to lower interception probability and has an estimated range of 125–150 miles, though planned upgrades will allow a range of 250 miles (400 km) or more in narrow beams.[111] Radar information is processed by two Raytheon Common Integrated Processor (CIP)s, each capable of processing up to 10.5 billion instructions per second. In a process known as sensor fusion, data from the radar, other sensors, and external systems is filtered and combined by the CIP into a common view, reducing pilot workload.[122]

The F-22's ability to operate close to the battlefield gives the aircraft threat detection and identification capability comparative with the RC-135 Rivet Joint, and the ability to function as a "mini-AWACS", though the radar is less powerful than those of dedicated platforms. The F-22 can designate targets for allies, and determine whether two friendly aircraft are targeting the same aircraft. This radar system can sometimes identify targets "many times quicker than the AWACS".[111] The IEEE-1394B data bus developed for the F-22 was derived from the commercial IEEE-1394 "FireWire" bus system.[123] In 2007, the F-22's radar was used as a wireless data transceiver during tests, transmitting data at 548 megabits per second and receiving at gigabit speed, far faster than the Link 16 system.[124]

In 2009 former Navy Secretary John Lehman considered the F-22 to be safe from cyberattack, citing the age of its IBM software.[125] The software has some 1.7 million lines of code, the majority involving processing radar data.[126] Former Secretary of the USAF Michael Wynne blamed the use of the DoD's Ada for cost overruns and delays on many military projects, including the F-22.[127] Cyberattacks on subcontractors have reportedly raised doubts about the security of the F-22's systems and combat-effectiveness.[128]

Cockpit[edit]

Cockpit of the F-22, showing instruments, head up display and throttle top (lower left)

The F-22 has a glass cockpit with all-digital flight instruments. The monochrome head-up display offers a wide field of view and serves as a primary flight instrument; information is also displayed upon six color liquid crystal display (LCD) panels.[129] The primary flight controls are a force-sensitive side-stick controller and a pair of throttles. The USAF initially wanted to implement direct voice input (DVI) controls, but this was judged to be too technically risky and was abandoned.[130] The canopy's dimensions are approximately 140 inches long, 45 inches wide, and 27 inches tall (355 cm x 115 cm x 69 cm) and weighs 360 pounds.[131]

The F-22 has integrated radio functionality, the signal processing systems are virtualized rather than as a separate hardware module.[132] There has been several reports on the F-22's inability to communicate with other aircraft, and funding cuts have affected the development of the MADL data link.[133] Voice communication is possible, but not data transfer.[134]

The integrated control panel (ICP) is a keypad system for entering communications, navigation, and autopilot data. Two 3 in × 4 in (7.6 cm × 10.2 cm) up-front displays located around the ICP are used to display integrated caution advisory/warning data, communications, navigation and identification (CNI) data and also serve as the stand-by flight instrumentation group and fuel quantity indicator.[135][136] The stand-by flight group displays an artificial horizon, for basic instrument meteorological conditions. The 8 in × 8 in (20 cm × 20 cm) primary multi-function display (PMFD) is located under the ICP, and is used for navigation and situation assessment. Three 6.25 in × 6.25 in (15.9 cm × 15.9 cm) secondary multi-function displays are located around the PMFD for tactical information and stores management.[136]

The ejection seat is a version of the ACES II (Advanced Concept Ejection Seat) commonly used in USAF aircraft, with a center-mounted ejection control.[137] The F-22 has a complex life support system, which includes the on-board oxygen generation system (OBOGS), protective pilot garments, and a breathing regulator/anti-g (BRAG) valve controlling flow and pressure to the pilot's mask and garments. The protective garments are designed to protect against chemical/biological hazards and cold-water immersion, to counter g-forces and low pressure at high altitudes, and to provide thermal relief. It was developed under the Advanced Technology Anti-G Suit (ATAGS) project.[138] Suspicions regarding the performance of the OBOGS and life support equipment have been raised by several mishaps, including a fatal crash.[139]

Armament[edit]

AIM-120 AMRAAM (right) fitted in a weapons bay of an F-22

The Raptor has three internal weapons bays: a large bay on the bottom of the fuselage, and two smaller bays on the sides of the fuselage, aft of the engine intakes.[140] It can carry six medium range missiles in the center bay and one short–range missile in each side bay;[141] Four of the medium range missiles can be replaced with two bomb racks that can each carry one medium-size or four smaller bombs.[7] Carrying armaments internally maintains the aircraft's stealth and minimizes additional drag. Missile launches require the bay doors to be open for less than a second, during which hydraulic arms push missiles clear of the aircraft; this is to reduce vulnerability to detection and to deploy missiles during high speed flight.[142]

For stealth, the F-22 carries weapons in internal bays. The doors for the center bay and smaller side bays are open showing the six LAU-142/A AMRAAM Vertical Ejection Launchers (AVEL).

The F-22 can also carry air-to-surface weapons such as bombs with Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) guidance and the Small-Diameter Bomb, but cannot self-designate for laser-guided weapons.[143] Internal air-to-surface ordnance is limited to 2,000 lb.[144] An internally mounted M61A2 Vulcan 20 mm cannon is embedded in the right wing root with the muzzle covered by a door to maintain stealth.[145] The radar projection of the cannon fire's path is displayed on the pilot's head-up display.[146]

The Raptor's very high cruise speed and altitude increase the effective ranges of its munitions. The F-22 has 50% greater employment range for the AIM-120 AMRAAM than prior platforms, and range will be further extended with the eventual introduction of the AIM-120D.[114] While specifics are classified, it is expected that JDAMs employed by F-22s will have twice or more the effective range of legacy platforms.[147] In testing, a Raptor dropped a 1,000 lb (450 kg) JDAM from 50,000 feet (15,000 m), while cruising at Mach 1.5, striking a moving target 24 miles (39 km) away.[148]

While the F-22 typically carries weapons internally, the wings include four hardpoints, each rated to handle 5,000 lb (2,300 kg). Each hardpoint has a pylon that can carry a detachable 600 gallon fuel tank or a launcher holding two air-air missiles. However, the use of external stores degrades the F-22's stealth, maneuverability and speed. The two inner hardpoints are "plumbed" for external fuel tanks; the hardpoints can be jettisoned in flight so the fighter can maximize its stealth after exhausting external stores.[149] A stealth ordnance pod and pylon is being developed to carry additional weapons internally.[150]

Stealth[edit]

The F-22 was designed to be highly stealthy to radar. Radar signature reduction measures include airframe shaping such as planform alignment of edges, fixed-geometry serpentine inlets that prevent line-of-sight of the engine faces from any exterior view, the use of radar absorbent material (RAM), and attention to detail such as hinges and pilot helmets that could provide a radar return. The Raptor was also designed to have decreased radio, heat and noise emissions as well as reduced visibility to the naked eye.[151] The aircraft's flat thrust vectoring nozzle reduces its infrared emissions to mitigate the threat of infrared homing ("heat seeking") surface-to-air or air-to-air missiles.[152] Further reduction in infrared signature includes special paint and active cooling of leading edges to cope with the heat buildup encountered during supersonic flight.[153]

F-22 with external weapons pylons

Compared to previous stealth designs like the F-117, the F-22 is less reliant on RAM, which are maintenance-intensive and susceptible to adverse weather conditions. Unlike the B-2, which requires climate-controlled hangars, the F-22 can undergo repairs on the flight line or in a normal hangar. The F-22 features a Signature Assessment System which delivers warnings when the radar signature is degraded and necessitates repair.[111] The exact radar cross-section (RCS) is classified; however, in 2009 Lockheed Martin released information indicating it has an RCS (from certain angles) of −40 dBsm – equivalent to the radar reflection of a "steel marble".[154] Effectively maintaining the stealth features can decrease the F-22's mission capable rate to 62–70%.[N 3]

The effectiveness of the stealth characteristics is difficult to gauge. The RCS value is a restrictive measurement of the aircraft's frontal or side area from the perspective of a static radar. When an aircraft maneuvers it exposes a completely different set of angles and surface area, potentially increasing radar observability. Furthermore, stealth contouring and radar absorbent materials are chiefly effective against high-frequency radars, usually found on other aircraft. Low-frequency radars, employed by weather radars and ground warning stations, are alleged to be less affected by stealth technologies and are thus more capable as detection platforms.[156][157] While faint or fleeting radar contacts make defenders aware that a stealth aircraft is present, reliably vectoring interception to attack the aircraft is much more challenging.[158]

Operational history[edit]

Designation and testing[edit]

Rear/starboard view of aerial refueling tanker transferring fuel to a jet fighter via a long boom. The two aircraft are slightly banking left.
An F-22 refuels from a KC-135 during testing; the attachment on the back top is for a spin recovery chute

The YF-22 was originally given the unofficial name "Lightning II", after the World War II fighter P-38, by Lockheed, which persisted until the mid-1990s when the USAF officially named the aircraft "Raptor". The aircraft was also briefly dubbed "SuperStar" and "Rapier".[159] In September 2002, USAF changed the Raptor's designation to F/A-22, mimicking the Navy's McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet and intended to highlight a planned ground-attack capability amid debate over the aircraft's role and relevance. The F-22 designation was reinstated in December 2005, when the aircraft entered service.[7][160]

Flight testing of the F-22 began in 1997 with Raptor 4001, the first EMD jet, and eight more F-22s would participate in the EMD and flight test program.[161] Raptor 4001 was retired from flight testing in 2000 and subsequently sent to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (AFB) for survivability testing, including live fire testing and battle damage repair training.[162] EMD F-22s have been used for testing upgrades, and also as maintenance trainers.[163] The first production F-22 was delivered to Nellis AFB, Nevada, in January 2003.[164]

In May 2006, a released report documented a problem with the F-22's forward titanium boom, caused by defective heat-treating. This made the boom on roughly the first 80 F-22s less ductile than specified and potentially shortened the part's life. Modifications and inspections were implemented to the booms to restore life expectancy.[103][165]

In August 2008, an unmodified F-22 of the 411th Flight Test Squadron performed in the first ever air-to-air refueling of an aircraft using synthetic jet fuel as part of a wider USAF effort to qualify aircraft to use the fuel, a 50/50 mix of JP-8 and a Fischer-Tropsch process-produced, natural gas-based fuel.[166] In 2011, an F-22 flew supersonic on a 50% mixture of biofuel derived from camelina.[167]

Introduction into service[edit]

In December 2005, the USAF announced that the F-22 had achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC).[168] During Exercise Northern Edge in Alaska in June 2006, in simulated combat exercises 12 F-22s of the 94th FS downed 108 adversaries with no losses.[35] In the exercises, the Raptor-led Blue Force amassed 241 kills against two losses in air-to-air combat; neither Blue Force loss was an F-22. During Red Flag 07-1 in February 2007, 14 F-22s of the 94th FS supported Blue Force strikes and undertook close air support sorties. Against superior numbers of Red Force Aggressor F-15s and F-16s, 6–8 F-22s maintained air dominance throughout. No sorties were missed because of maintenance or other failures, a single F-22 was judged lost against the defeated opposing force.[N 4] F-22s also provided airborne electronic surveillance.[169]

The Raptor achieved Full Operational Capability (FOC) in December 2007, when General John Corley of Air Combat Command officially declared the F-22s of the integrated active duty 1st Fighter Wing and Virginia Air National Guard 192d Fighter Wing fully operational.[170] This was followed by an Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) of the integrated wing in April 2008, in which it was rated "excellent" in all categories, with a simulated kill-ratio of 221–0.[171]

Aerial port view of two aircraft in flight, one on top of the other. The bottom aircraft is a four-engined propeller-driven aircraft, which is escorted by a jet fighter. The Moon is visible as a tiny spot in the sky.
An F-22 from Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, intercepting a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 near American airspace

Deployments[edit]

In February 2007, while attempting its first overseas deployment to the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, six F-22s of 27th Fighter Squadron flying from Hickam AFB, Hawaii, experienced multiple software-related system failures while crossing the International Date Line (180th meridian of longitude). The aircraft returned to Hawaii by following tanker aircraft. Within 48 hours, the error was resolved and the journey resumed.[172][173] By January 2013, F-22s have been deployed to Kadena Air Base seven times,[174] and in early 2013, F-22s were involved in U.S.-South Korean military drills.[175] In June 2014, F-22s from the 199th Fighter Squadron of the Hawaii Air National Guard were deployed to Malaysia to participate in the Cope Taufan 2014 exercise conducted by the USAF Pacific Air Forces and Royal Malaysian Air Force.[176]

In November 2007, F-22s of 90th Fighter Squadron performed their first NORAD interception of two Russian Tu-95MS "Bear-H" bombers over Alaska.[177] Since then, F-22s have also escorted probing Tu-160 "Blackjack" bombers.[178] The first pair of F-22s assigned to the 49th Fighter Wing became operational at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, in June 2008.[179] In 2014, Holloman Raptors and their support personnel were reassigned to the reactivated 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall AFB.[180]

An F-22 observes as an F-15 Eagle banks left

Secretary of Defense Gates initially refused to deploy F-22s to the Middle East in 2007.[181] The aircraft would have its first deployment in the region at Al Dhafra Air Base in the UAE in 2009. In April 2012, F-22s were again deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base, less than 200 miles from Iran;[182] the Iranian defense minister referred to the deployment as a security threat.[183] F-22 units have been rotating in to maintain a continuous presence since.[184] The first publicized engagement of the F-22 with Iranian forces occurred in March 2013; the USAF revealed that an F-22 had closely approached and chased off an Iranian F-4 Phantom II that had flown within 16 miles of an MQ-1 Predator flying off the Iranian coastline.[185]

In 2008, two F-22 pilots proposed that USAF form a rapid response airborne package of one C-17 to support four F-22s, able to set up and engage in combat within 24 hours.[186]

Maintenance and training[edit]

Jet fighter flying above a streaking missile, which had moments earlier been released by the former.
An F-22 fires an AIM-120 AMRAAM

F-22 had a mission capable rate of 62% in 2004, 70% in 2009, and was predicted to reach 85% as the fleet reached 100,000 flight hours.[64][187] Early on, the F-22 required more than 30 hours of maintenance per flight hour and a total cost per flight hour of $44,000; by 2008 it was reduced to 18.1, and 10.5 by 2009; lower than the Pentagon's requirement of 12 maintenance hours per flight hour.[188] When introduced, the F-22 had a Mean Time Between Maintenance (MTBM) of 1.7 hours, short of the required 3.0 hours, but the figure was improved to 3.2 hours in 2012.[64] By 2013, the cost per flight hour had grown to $68,362, over three times as much as the F-16.[189]

Each aircraft requires a month-long packaged maintenance plan (PMP) every 300 flight hours.[187] The stealth system, including its radar absorbing metallic skin, account for almost one third of maintenance. The canopy was redesigned after the original design lasted an averaged of 331 hours instead of the required 800 hours.[64] F-22 depot maintenance is performed at Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah.[190]

In January 2007, the F-22 reportedly maintained 97% sortie rate, flying 102 out of 105 tasked sorties while amassing a 144-to-zero kill ratio during "Northern Edge" air-to-air exercises in Alaska. According to Lieutenant Colonel Wade Tolliver, squadron commander of the 27th Fighter Squadron, the stealth coatings of the F-22 are more robust than those used in earlier stealth aircraft, being less sensitive to weather and wear and tear.[111] However, rain caused "shorts and failures in sophisticated electrical components" when F-22s were posted to Guam.[191]

To reduce operating costs and lengthen the Raptor's service life, some pilot training sorties are performed using high fidelity flight simulators, while the T-38 Talon is used for adversary training.[187] DoD budget cuts led to F-22 demonstration flights being halted in 2013; the demonstration flights were resumed in 2014.[192][193] In 2012, it was reported that the F-22's maintenance demands have increased as the fleet aged; maintaining the stealth coatings is particularly demanding.[194][195]

Operational issues[edit]

Operational issues have been experienced and some have caused fleet-wide groundings. Critically, pilots have experienced a decreased mental status, including losing consciousness. There were reports of instances of pilots found to have a decreased level of alertness and/or memory loss after landing.[196] F-22 pilots have experienced lingering respiratory problems and a chronic cough; other symptoms include irritability, emotional lability and neurologic changes.[196] A number of possible causative factors were investigated, including possible exposure to noxious chemical agents from the respiratory tubing, pressure suit malfunction, side effects from oxygen delivery at greater-than-atmospheric concentrations, and oxygen supply disruptions. Other issues include minor mechanical problems and navigational software failures.[197] The fleet was grounded for four months in 2011 before resuming flight, but reports of oxygen issues persisted.[198]

In 2005, the Raptor Aeromedical Working Group, a USAF expert panel, recommended several changes to deal with the oxygen supply issues.[199] In October 2011, Lockheed Martin was awarded a $24M contract to investigate the breathing difficulties.[200] In July 2012, the Pentagon concluded that a pressure valve on flight vests worn during high-altitude flights and a carbon air filter were likely sources of at least some hypoxia-like symptoms. Long-distance flights were resumed, but were limited to lower altitudes until corrections had been made. The carbon filters were changed to a different model to reduce lung exposure to carbon particulates.[201][202] The breathing regulator/anti-g (BRAG) valve, used to inflate the pilot's vest during high G maneuvers, was found to be defective, inflating the vest at unintended intervals, causing the pilot to shallow-breathe.[203] The on-board oxygen generating system (OBOGS) also unexpectedly reduced oxygen levels during high-G maneuvers.[204] In late 2012, Lockheed Martin was awarded contracts to install a supplemental automatic oxygen backup system, in addition to the primary and manual backup.[205] Changes recommended by the Raptor Aeromedical Working Group in 2005 received further consideration in 2012;[206] the USAF reportedly considered installing EEG brain wave monitors on the pilot's helmets for inflight monitoring.[207][208]

New backup oxygen generators and filters have been installed on the aircraft. The coughing symptoms have been attributed to acceleration atelectasis, which may be exacerbated by the F-22's high performance; there is no present solution to the condition. The presence of toxins and particles in some ground crew was deemed to be unrelated.[209] On 4 April 2013, the distance and altitude flight restrictions were lifted after the F-22 Combined Test Force and 412th Aerospace Medicine Squadron determined that breathing restrictions on the pilot were responsible as opposed to an issue with the oxygen provided.[210][211][212]

Variants[edit]

  • YF-22A – pre-production technology demonstrator for ATF demonstration/validation phase; two were built.
  • F-22A – single-seat production version, was designated F/A-22A in early 2000s.
  • F-22B – planned two-seat variant, but was canceled in 1996 to save development costs.[213]
  • Naval F-22 variant – a carrier-borne variant of the F-22 with variable-sweep wings for the U.S. Navy's Navy Advanced Tactical Fighter (NATF) program to replace the F-14 Tomcat. Program was canceled in 1993.[213] Former SoAF Donald Rice has called the possibility of the naval variant the deciding factor for his choice of the YF-22 over the YF-23.[214]

Derivatives[edit]

The FB-22 was a proposed medium-range bomber for the USAF.[215] The FB-22 was projected to carry up to 30 Small Diameter Bombs to about twice the range of the F-22A, while maintaining the F-22's stealth and supersonic speed.[216] However, the FB-22 in its planned form appears to have been canceled with the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review and subsequent developments, in lieu of a larger subsonic bomber with a much greater range.[217][218]

The X-44 MANTA, or multi-axis, no-tail aircraft, was a planned experimental aircraft based on the F-22 with enhanced thrust vectoring controls and no aerodynamic surface backup.[219] The aircraft was to be solely controlled by thrust vectoring, without featuring any rudders, ailerons, or elevators. Funding for this program was halted in 2000.[220]

Operators[edit]

F-22 from Tyndall AFB, Florida cruising over the Florida Panhandle
An F-22 landing at Holloman AFB, New Mexico
An F-22, based at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, over mountain terrain
F-22 at Houston's Ellington Field from Tyndall AFB

The United States Air Force is the only operator of the F-22. It ordered 8 test and 187 operational production aircraft. In November 2012, it had 184 production aircraft in inventory.[221]

Accidents[edit]

In April 1992, the second YF-22 crashed while landing at Edwards AFB. The test pilot, Tom Morgenfeld, escaped without injury. The cause of the crash was found to be a flight control software error that failed to prevent a pilot-induced oscillation.[230]

The first F-22 crash occurred during takeoff at Nellis AFB on 20 December 2004, in which the pilot ejected safely before impact.[231] The crash investigation revealed that a brief interruption in power during an engine shutdown prior to flight caused a malfunction in the flight-control system;[161][232] consequently the aircraft design was corrected to avoid the problem. All F-22s were grounded after the crash; operations resumed following a review.[233]

On 25 March 2009, an EMD F-22 crashed 35 miles (56 km) northeast of Edwards AFB during a test flight, resulting in the death of Lockheed Martin test pilot David P. Cooley. An Air Force Materiel Command investigation found that Cooley momentarily lost consciousness during a high-G maneuver, then ejected when he found himself too low to recover. Cooley was killed during ejection by blunt-force trauma from windblast due to the aircraft's speed. The investigation found no design issues.[234][235]

Wreckage of the F-22 that crashed in November 2012

On 16 November 2010, an F-22 from Elmendorf AFB crashed, killing the pilot, Captain Jeffrey Haney. The F-22 fleet was restricted to flying below 25,000 feet, before being grounded while the accident was investigated.[236] The accident was attributed to a bleed air system malfunction following the detection of an engine overheat condition, which shut down the Environmental Control System (ECS) and OBOGS. The accident review board ruled the pilot was to blame, as he did not react properly and did not engage the emergency oxygen system.[237] The pilot's widow sued, claiming the aircraft has defective equipment;[238] the manufacturers later reached a settlement.[239] In response to the investigation results, the engagement handle for the emergency oxygen system was redesigned; the emergency oxygen system should engage automatically when OBOGS is shut down due to engine failure.[240] On 11 February 2013, the DoD's Inspector General released its report, which stated that the USAF had erred in assigning blame to Haney for the crash and that conclusions were not sufficiently supported by facts; the USAF stated that it stood by its conclusions.[241]

During a training mission, an F-22 crashed to the east of Tyndall AFB, on 15 November 2012. The pilot ejected safely and no injuries were reported on the ground.[242] The investigation determined that a "chafed" electrical wire ignited the fluid in a hydraulic line, causing a fire that damaged the flight controls.[243]

Aircraft on display[edit]

EMD F-22A 91-4003 is on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.[244]

Specifications (F-22A)[edit]

Orthographically projected diagram of the F-22A
F-22 with drop tanks in transit to Kadena Air Base, Japan, from Langley AFB, Virginia
USAF poster of key F-22 features and armament

Data from USAF,[7] F-22 Raptor Team web site,[245] Manufacturers' data,[246][247] Aviation Week,[111] and Journal of Electronic Defense,[119]

General characteristics

Performance

Armament

Avionics

Notable appearances in media[edit]

See also[edit]

Related development
Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Referring to statements made by the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates: "The secretary once again highlighted his ambitious next-year request for the more-versatile F-35s."[10]
  2. ^ This capability was demonstrated in 2005 when General John P. Jumper exceeded Mach 1.7 in the F-22 without afterburners.[109]
  3. ^ "... noting that Raptors are ready for a mission around 62 percent of the time, if its low-observable requirements are met (DAILY, 20 November). Reliability goes up above 70 percent for missions with lower stealth demands."[155]
  4. ^ The F-22 was "lost" when a victim exited the area, regenerated and immediately re-engaged; the pilot had erroneously assumed it was still "dead".
  5. ^ Empty weight + 8,200 kg (fuel) + 1,142 kg (6 AMRAAM + 2 AIM-9X) + 292 kg (munition for the cannon)[246]

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