The F-22 industry team has delivered Raptor 4008 - the program's dedicated low-observable, or stealth, reliability and maintainability flight-test and evaluation aircraft - to Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Raptor 08 arrived at Edwards late Friday, May 31. It is the last Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD), or developmental flight- test, aircraft to be delivered to the U.S. Air Force.
Crediting reduced costs from suppliers as a catalyst, the U.S. Air Force has exercised a contract option by awarding Lockheed Martin $117.6 million to add one F/A-22 aircraft and associated equipment to the Lot 3 Low Rate Initial Production contract awarded earlier last month.
The final F/A-22 Raptor built for developmental flight testing was flown from the company's facilities in Marietta, Ga., recently to California.
The F/A-22 Raptor flight-test program has for the first time successfully demonstrated between two Raptors the capabilities of the Intraflight Datalink (IFDL), a key component of the Raptor's avionics suite that is designed to enhance a pilot's situational awareness.
The F-22 Raptor industry team has delivered the latest integrated avionics software package - Block 3.1 - to the program's Combined Test Facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., for flight test aboard the Raptors located there.
The F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter team has delivered its first aircraft - Raptor 4012 - to the U.S. Air Force's Air Warfare Center (AWFC) with the recent signing of formal acceptance documents by government officials.
The F/A-22 Raptor industry team has delivered the air dominance fighter program's last Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E) aircraft - Raptor 4011 - with yesterday's signing, Nov. 26, of formal acceptance documents here by U.S government officials.
The Lockheed Martin-led F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program team successfully launched an unarmed, short-range, heat-seeking AIM-9M missile against an aerial target on Nov. 22, completing all four Pentagon-mandated flight-test goals for the year 2002.
The F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program surpassed another key flight-test goal on Nov.13 by successfully completing initial flight-testing necessary for the U.S. Air Force to begin training pilots who will execute the program's upcoming Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E) phase.
The F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter program completed another key flight test goal on Nov. 5, with the successful missile interception of an unmanned drone while both aircraft and target were flying faster than the speed of sound.
Lockheed Martin has officially delivered the first production F/A-22 Raptor air dominance fighter to the U.S. Air Force. The formal acceptance documents for the aircraft were signed at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company facility here on October 23.
As a scheduled part of the F/A-22 program's ongoing developmental efforts, Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the modification and upgrade effort necessary for Raptor 08 to begin Dedicated Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (DIOT&E).
Raptor 11, the first F/A-22 Production Representative Test Vehicle (PRTV) to fly, conducted its maiden flight on September 16, 2002, from the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, GA.
The F-22 Raptor has for the first time successfully conducted a test flight while carrying external stores under its wings.
F-22 4003 became the first Raptor used to successfully fire a radar-guided AIM-120 missile while flying faster than the speed of sound.