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How long does it take to build an F-22 Raptor?

How long does it take to build an F-22 Raptor?

The Air Force began laying plans to build the F-22 in the early 1980s. A decade later, it estimated it would take nine years and $12.6 billion to develop the jet, but it ended up taking 19 years and costing $26.3 billion, not including the production of any aircraft.

Can the f22 do ground attack?

The result of the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program, the aircraft was designed as an air superiority fighter, but also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence capabilities.

How long does it take for an f22 to take off?

It would be just under seven hours to make that flight (at a subsonic cruise speed) with two aerial refuelings. Forever as it would crash at its maximum range because it would run out of fuel.

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Can the F-22 Raptor break the sound barrier?

The Air Force’s sleek new fighter plane, the F-22 Raptor, has broken the sound barrier for the first time, flying over Edwards AFB just four days before the 51st anniversary of the day the sound barrier was first conquered over the same base.

Does the F-22 have guns?

Like other stealth aircraft, the F/A-22 can carry weapons inside the fuselage. Hidden behind a stealth door above the right air intake is the M61A2 20-mm multibarrel cannon. It holds 480 rounds of 20-mm ammunition and feeds the gun at a rate of 100 rounds per second.

How fast can f18 fly?

1,190 mph
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet/Top speed

US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet Powered by two General Electric turbofan after-burning engines, the Hornet is supersonic with a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,190 mph).

Does the F-22 have a Tailhook?

Like all U.S. Air Force fighters, the F-22 has a tailhook primarily for just this reason—landing safely during an in-flight emergency. Like all USAF fighters, the F-22 has an emergency hook, although in its case it is buried beneath a stealthy shroud that’s incorporated into the jet’s empennage.

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How high can an F-22 Raptor fly?

10 miles high
It can soar 10 miles high and fly at supersonic speeds for extended periods of time thanks to an unprecedented capability known as “supercruise,” which propels the jet to speeds greater than Mach 1.5 without the use of afterburners. It can accelerate quickly and execute razor-sharp turns—even at high speeds.

When will the F-22 Raptor return to production?

“The timeline associated with pursuing F-22 production restart would see new F-22 deliveries starting in the mid-to-late 2020s,” the Air Force report to Congress reads.

Why is the F-22 so important?

The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances and defeat threats attempting to deny access to our nation’s Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The F-22 cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.

When was the first F-22 made combat capable?

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The first combat-capable Block 3.0 aircraft first flew in 2001. Increment 2, the first F-22 upgrade program, was implemented in 2005 and enables the aircraft to employ Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM).

How many more F-22s will the Air Force build?

No more can be built. Why? The time and money needed to develop and build a new F-22s would take money away from PCA and other Air Force program that are more relevant to the 2030 fight. Even an export version of the F-22—should one have been developed—would have used up scarce resources.