Edwards AFB Flight Test Nation 2009
Lockheed F-22 Raptor
TheF-22 Rapor is the latest in fighter technology. The
deisgn was an answer to a USAF request for proposal of a new
next-generation air superiority fighter. Lockheed/Boeing/General
Dynamic proposed the F-22 and Northrop/Mcdonnell Douglas proposed the
F-23. The F-22 won the contract on April 23, 1991. The high cost of the
aircraft coupled with the policy to not export these advanced
technology fighters has resulted in a lot of political wrangling and
ultimately a cutback in the production of the Raptor. Besides being an
air superiority fighter, the Raptor can also perform ground attack,
electronic warfare and signals intelligence missions.
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