Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has been awarded a $7 billion contract modification for sustainment of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.
This modification, awarded by the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Hill AFB in Utah, provides for the exercise of an option for an additional five year ordering period for comprehensive F-22 air vehicle sustainment.
Work will be performed at five operational bases: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada; Tyndall AFB, Florida; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and at six support locations: Edwards AFB, California; Palmdale, California; Hill AFB, Utah; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Sheppard AFB, Texas; and Warner Robins AFB, Georgia; as well as at other potential stateside and overseas locations, combat deployment and en-route support bases, potential locations through depot partnering agreements and system program office locations and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2032.
The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed by Lockheed Martin for the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
The aircraft was designed, for the USAF’s Advanced Tactical Fighter (ATF) program, primarily as an air superiority fighter, but also has ground attack, electronic warfare (EW), and signals intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities.
The prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, built most of the F-22’s airframe and weapons systems and conducted final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
Service officials had originally planned to buy a total of 750 ATFs. In 2009, the program was cut to 187 operational production aircraft due to high costs, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile F-35.