Flight Test Data
Integrated Weapons & Defense Systems
Stealth Capabilities –
First and Only 24/7/365 All-Weather Stealth Fighter
- Radar signature approximately the size of a bumblebee, thereby avoiding
detection by the most sophisticated enemy air defense systems
- Signatures/emissions of sound, turbulence, and heat that can aid detection
- Requires no direct assistance from electronic support aircraft that may be more easily detected
- Includes planform alignment of the wing and tail edges, radar-absorbing sawtoothed surfaces, an engine face that is concealed by a serpentine inlet duct, "stealthy" coating cockpit design to
minimize the usually substantial radar return of pilotís helmet
- Through internal weapons placement, the F-22 eliminates multiple surface features that could be detected by enemy radar
The F-22 provides "first-look, first-shot, first-kill" transformational air dominance capability for the 21st Century - it can see the enemy first while avoiding detection itself.
- When we meet the enemy, we want to win 100-0, not 51-49
- The F-22 will be able to get to the fight faster and engage the enemy longer
- Parity or inferiority in air dominance is unacceptable; either one means more friendly casualties and a longer, more uncertain campaign. The American people do not want an even match; they want
decisive, overwhelming superiority and minimum casualties with no protracted conflict
- Downsizing U.S. forces means that in future conflicts, at least initially, we are likely to fight outnumbered – making the revolutionary capabilities of the F-22 essential for national security
See Without Being Seen
- The F-22 possesses a highly stealthy signature that greatly reduces the enemyís ability to find, track and target ó permits access to defended areas that cannot be accessed by nonstealth
- First look/first kill in all environments: A combination of improved sensor capability, improved situational awareness and improved weapons provides first-kill opportunity against the threat
- The F-22 possesses a sophisticated sensor suite that allows the pilot to track, identify and shoot the threat before it detects the F-22. Significant effort is being placed on cockpit design
and avionics fusion to improve the pilot's situational awareness. Advanced avionics technologies allow the F-22 sensors to gather, integrate and display essential information in the most useful
format to the pilot
- Advances in low-observable technologies provide significantly improved survivability and lethality against air-to-air and surface-to-air threats. The F-22's combination of reduced observability
and supercruise accentuate the advantage of surprise in a tactical environment
The F-22ís versatility means more capability for the warfighting commander and a key asset in our Expeditionary Aerospace Force.
With air-to-ground as well as air-to-air capabilities, the F-22 provides maximum flexibility.
- The F-22 will improve our flexible, tailored, rapid-response force, filling theater commandersí needs across the spectrum of conflict
- The F-22 will have a higher sortie rate and lower deployment requirements and will require less manpower than the F-15
In order for the United States to maintain air dominance for the next 40 years, the F-22 is essential.