|F-22 Raptor 4003 Rolls Off Final Assembly Line at LMAS |
F-22 Raptor 4003 Rolls Off Final Assembly Line at LMAS
Marietta, GA (May 25, 1999) -- Raptor 4003, the third F-22 air-superiority fighter jet to be assembled here by Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems (LMAS), rolled off the final assembly line Saturday morning.
Raptor 4003 will now undergo structural instrument calibration, have its exterior finishes applied, and undergo a series of ground functional tests in preparation for the aircraft's first flight, which is scheduled to occur during the spring of 2000. Raptor 4003 is expected to join the first two F-22s at Edwards AFB, Calif., by next summer to support flight test envelope expansion activities.
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The F-22 is being developed to counter lethal threats posed by advanced surface-to-air missile systems and next generation fighters equipped with launch-and-leave missiles. It is widely regarded as the most advanced fighter in the world, combining a revolutionary leap in technology and capability with reduced support requirements and maintenance costs. It will replace the F-15 Eagle as America's front-line, air-superiority fighter, with deliveries to operational units beginning in 2002.
The F-22's combination of stealth, integrated avionics, maneuverability and supercruise speed will give Raptor pilots a first-look, first-shot, first-kill capability against the aircraft of any potential enemy. The F-22 is designed to provide not just air superiority, but air dominance, winning quickly and decisively. The F-22 also has an inherent air-to-ground attack capability.
Lockheed Martin leads the contractor team working closely with the U.S. Air Force on the F-22 program. Air vehicle team members include LMAS, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Texas, and Boeing. Pratt & Whitney provides the Raptor with its F119 supercruise engines.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a highly diversified global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The corporation's businesses employ more than 170,000 people worldwide.
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