The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor

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The F-22 Raptor is considered the first fifth-generation fighter in the inventory of the United States Air Force, using low-observation technologies, modern avionics and efficient engines. The F-22 Raptor, a critical component of the Force of Global Strike Task, is designed to project the airborne domain quickly and at great distances and defeat threats that try to deny access to the Air Force, the Army, the Navy and the US Marine Corps.

Extremely Powerful F-22 Raptor Shows Its Crazy Ability

A combination of sensor capability, integrated avionics, situational awareness and weapons provides an early death opportunity against threats. The F-22 Raptor has a sophisticated set of sensors that allows the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion improve the pilot’s situational awareness. In the air-to-air configuration, the Raptor carries six AMRAAM AIM-120 and two Sidewinder AIM-9.

The characteristics of the F-22 provide a synergistic effect ensuring the lethality of the F-22A with most advanced air threats. The combination of stealth, integrated avionics and supercruise drastically reduces the ground-to-air missile interaction envelope and minimizes enemy capabilities to track and activate the F-22. The combination of reduced observability and supercruise accentuates the advantage of surprise in a tactical environment.

The Advanced Tactical Fighter entered the Demonstration and Validation phase in 1986. The aircraft prototype (YF-22 and YF-23) completed its first flights in the late 1990s.