Tuesday, June 28, 2022

US Air Force gives Congress classified report on restarting F-22 program

The United States Air Force has provided the  House of Representatives of the United States Congress, a classified report on restarting the F-22 Raptor fighter jet program.

That was reported by washingtonexaminer.com.

The House Armed Services Committee received the report two days ago, but staff said it was still being reviewed.


House lawmakers ordered the report last year to determine what it would take and how much it might cost to begin producing the high-tech, fifth generation aircraft again.

The program of Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor was terminated after only 187 aircraft were built–less than half of the 381 jets. F-22 Raptor, which carries a host of powerful weaponry and is exceptionally maneuverable, has the ability to super-cruise over long ranges, and the Boeing Company. The aircraft first entered service with the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after nearly 20 years of development. Despite the long development phase, the F-22 Raptor has quickly earned a sterling reputation in military and aviation circles around the world for its superior speed, maneuverability, situational awareness, and its combat capabilities.

But the Raptor’s avionics were dated even before the jet was declared operational in December 2005. While the Raptor is the one of most advanced operational warplane in the Air Force’s inventory, its computer architecture dates back to the early 1990s.


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