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Integrated Weapons & Defense Systems
The F-22 Raptor, developed at Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the replacement for the F-15 Eagle air-superiority fighter and is now ready for production.
This aircraft combines stealth design with the supersonic, highly maneuverable, dual-engine, long-range requirements of an air-to-air fighter and will have an inherent air-to-ground
capability. The F-22’s integrated avionics gives it first-look, first-shot, first-kill capability that will guarantee U.S. air dominance for the next 40 years.
Air dominance is mandatory for future success. Since World War II, air dominance has carried the day in all conflicts. When air dominance has not been absolute, as in the Vietnam War, the result has been extensive loss of aircraft and loss of strategic advantage.
Air dominance minimizes U.S. casualties and losses. Air dominance, provided by the F-22, guarantees freedom of maneuverability for ground, air and naval forces. It protects militarily
important infrastructures, such as command and control facilities, power grids and factories, while increasing the efficiency of other military operations.
America needs the F-22. The Air Force’s ability to control the skies ensures that the U.S. military can carry out its vital missions free from attack and free to attack.
The F-22 will not just serve the Air Force; it will serve all surface
forces as well. It has been almost 50 years since U.S.
ground forces have been threatened by enemy air attacks;
the F-22 is the best aircraft available to extend that
- Current U.S. ground combat doctrine is rooted in high-tempo, around-the-clock operations. The F-22 will best support these nonstop operations with its superior capabilities, higher sortie
rate and low maintenance requirements
- The key to success in modern warfare is air dominance — control of
- The F-22 is a national asset that will guarantee our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines the ability to operate free from air attack
- Without the F-22, "acceptable combat attrition" would replace air
The air threat to the United States now and in the future is real.
The F-22 provides America with an asymmetric advantage in the air
as well as on the ground. These are the primary attributes
premier 21st-century transformational system.
- Current Russian fighters are already on par with America’s best fighter, the F-15. Europe's and Russia's newest class of fighters will surpass the F-15; they are set to roll off production lines
- At least three foreign aircraft threaten to surpass the F-15’s performance in the near future: the French Rafale, the Eurofighter 2000 and the Russian Su-35. Some foreign aircraft are already
at parity with the F-15
- Nations are already denying America access to airspace around the globe by obtaining low-cost, but sophisticated, surface-to-air missile systems
- Highly capable surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems pose a formidable challenge to the F-15’s survivability. Advanced SAM systems, because of their relatively low cost, are a quick and easy
way for countries to modernize their air defense systems
- Estimated twenty-one countries will possess the most advanced systems by 2005
The balanced design of the F-22 incorporates performance (supercruise, maneuver advantage, acceleration), reliability, maintainability and supportability (high readiness, self-sufficiency,
reduced support), survivability (low observability), integrated avionics, optimum payload and affordability (low life-cycle cost, reduced deployability costs).
The F-22 incorporates the latest technological gains in reduced observables, avionics, materials, engine performance and aerodynamic design. Knowledge gained from proven weapon systems such as the F-15 , F-16 and F-117A formed the foundation for F-22 development.
The synergistic effect of all its characteristics ensures
F-22 lethality against an advanced air threat. The
combination of reduced observability and supercruise
drastically shrinks surface-to-air engagement envelopes
and minimizes threat capability to engage and shoot the
F-22 is flying today with more than 6000 flight test
hours and is meeting or exceeding all Air Dominance Key