F-22 Raptor Chronology - 2005
01 February 2005
The F/A-22 Raptor demonstrated "overwhelmingly effective" warfighting capability according to the Initial Operational Test and Evaluation report by the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM. During the test, it met or exceeded performance expectations in altitude, speed, maneuverability and survivability. It also performed significantly better than the F-15C in all air-to-air mission areas, leading to a rating of "effective" by AFOTEC.
The Defense Acquisition Board approved full rate production of the F-22 Raptor in late March. That board's decision will allow Lockheed Martin to accelerate construction of the planes in Marietta where about 2,200 of the plant's 7,800 workers are tied to the Raptor program.
12 May 2005
The F/A-22 Raptor program achieved a historic milestone with the delivery of the first combat-capable Raptor to the 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Wing, Langley Air Force Base, VA. Flown by Lt. Col James Hecker, commander, 27th Fighter Squadron, it was the first of 26 Raptors to be delivered to the 27 FS directly from the production line.
Test pilot Maj John Teichert of the 411th Flight Test Squadron pushed the F/A-22 Raptor past Mach 1, opened the weapon bay and released a GBU-32 1,000-pound Joint Direct Attack Munition, marking the first time a Raptor has dropped a JDAM at supersonic speed. Qualifying the Raptor to release GPS-guided bombs at supersonic speeds is a significant milestone for the program.
During a two-ship sortie from Nellis AFB (NV), members from the 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron (TES) flew the first Follow-on Operational Test and Evaluation (FOT&E) mission on the F/A-22 Raptor, releasing Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs) on the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR).
15 December 2005
The F-22A Raptor -- Air Force's most advanced weapon system -- is ready for combat, Air Force officials announced 15 December 2005. In reaching initial operational capability, the Raptor is certified ready for operational use. The first combat-ready Raptors are flying with the 27th Fighter Squadron of the 1st Fighter Wing. The squadron's deployment capability is a 12-ship package designed to execute air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.
In December 2005, OSD restructured the F-22A program by extending production to 2010, adding 4 aircraft for a total planned procurement of 183 F-22As and adding $1 billion to the procurement program. Under the restructured acquisition program, the Air Force is planning to procure a total of 60 F-22As in a multiyear procurement.
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