Lockheed Martin F-22 (or F-22 Raptor) is a fighter jet made in United States. It is well-known as the fifth fighter jet generation and becomes the best stealth jet in this world. This was firstly flown in 1990 and just introduced in 2005. In the beginning, this stealth jet was made to be an air superiority jet to keep USA from the Uni Soviet threat. Thus, it is completed by ground attack, electronic war, and intelligent signal.
What does Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor have so it becomes the advanced currently? Raptor is very advanced in the way it is being a stealth. Raptor cannot be detected by radar. It is made from the jet shape structure engineers and the radar absorbent material (RAM). Since it cannot be seen through the radar, this stealth jet surely easier to look, shot, and kill the adversaries by its radar. The radar in this jet has further scope. It is also completed by the LPI radar (Low Probability Intercept Radar), where the detected jet cannot be aware of that they already detected by F-22 Raptor and others radar warning cannot warn.
Beside of the radar advanced, Raptor-22 also has Thrust Vectoring technology in its tail. It is to eject engine energy mechanically and more flexible. Thus, it makes the maneuver skill of this advanced jet is better than the other jet level. Raptor is well designed for doing the air war, thus it is fulfilled by the internal weapon inside. The weapons are hidden and it will open when it is shot. By these all advanced, F-22 Raptor is put on the market and priced about US$150 million per unit or about US$361 million per unit completed by its development cost. While, for the maintenance of this superior stealth jet in one flight is about US$44.000 per hour.
|Country of origin||United States|
|Wing span||10,05 m|
|Weight (Empty)||13 – 14,5 t|
|Engines||1 x pratt& Whitney F135 turbofan|
|Maximum speed||1.931 km/h|
|Combat Radius||800 – 1.100 km|
|Cannon||1 x GAU-22/A 25 mm Cannon|
|Missiles||AIM-9X Sidewinder, AIM-120 AMRAAM, AIM-132 ASRAAM, JSOW, Brimstone, Meteor|
|Bombs||GBU-31/32 JDAM, WCDM, Paveway laser guided bombs, free fall bomb|