USAF places $2.6 billion F-22 order

The Lockheed Martin led F-22 Raptor industry team has received a $2.681 billion contract from the US Air Force to build 13 additional fighter jets.

The Lockheed Martin led F-22 Raptor industry team has received a $2.681 billion contract from the US Air Force to build 13 additional fighter jets and to execute other activities related to the successful execution of Lot 2 production.

According to Lockheed Martin, the 13 aircraft produced under this contract – Raptors 4028 through 4040 – are scheduled for delivery to Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, by the end of 2004. Once there, they will be used by the 325th Fighter Wing to train both F-22 pilots and maintenance crews.

Under the terms of this contract, F-22 related production activities will take place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facilities in Marietta, Georgia and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as at Boeing’s plant in Seattle. Final assembly and initial flight-testing will take place at the Marietta factory where the F-22 program is headquartered.

The US Air Force’s Aeronautical Systems Centre at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is responsible for overseeing the successful execution of this production contract.

Built by Lockheed Martin, in partnership with Boeing, powered by Pratt and Whitney engines, and with the help from approximately 1200 subcontractors and suppliers in 46 states, the Raptor will replace the F-15 Eagle starting in 2005.