Air Force and Lockheed Martin arm F-22 Raptor jet fighter with new weapons for long-range precision attack

Dec. 10, 2019
F-22 jet fighter delivered some of the first strikes in the U.S.-led attacks on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, when aerial bombing began in 2014.

WASHINGTON – The Air Force and Lockheed Martin are arming the F-22 stealth fighter with more long-range precision attack technology, an expanded targeting envelope, and new networking for real-time collaborative targeting among aircraft. Kris Osborn at The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

10 Dec. 2019 -- The new weapons not only increase F-22 lethality, but also are shaping future Air Force combat tactics. As the Air Force tries to sustain air supremacy, systems developers are adding, refining, testing, and adjusting stealth fighter attack strategies and tactics to capitalize on F-22s technical improvements.

The two new weapons, developed over the past several years, are advanced variants of existing weapons - the AIM-9X short-range air-to-air missile and the AIM 120-D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM).

Upgraded variants of each going into existing models of the F-22 jet fighter, have flown in combat exercises. Lockheed developers say 14 F-22s have been armed with the new weapons variants with more set for next year.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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