February 12, 2002 (by Jeff Hollenbeck) - The F-22 Raptor industry team has received a $2.681 billion contract from the U.S. Air Force to build 13 additional air dominance fighter jets and to execute other activities related to the successful execution of Lot 2 production.
The 13 aircraft produced under this contract - Raptors 4028 through 4040 - are scheduled for delivery to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., by the end of 2004. Once there, they will be used by the 325th Fighter Wing to train both F-22 pilots and maintenance crews.
Under the terms of this contract, F-22 related production activities will take place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facilities in Marietta, Ga., and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as at Boeing's plant in Seattle, Wash. Final assembly and initial flight-testing will occur at the Marietta factory where the F-22 program is headquartered.
The U.S. Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson AFB
, Ohio, is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of this production contract.