US Air Force modifies Raptor contract with Lockheed Martin

Aerospace, defence and security company Lockheed Martin has received a $726.6m (£447m) contract modification from the US Air Force for sustainment of the F-22 Raptor fleet.

This modification is for the 2011 Follow-on Agile Sustainment for the Raptor (Faster) sustainment contract, which was awarded initially in 2008, with an option for 2009 that was exercised and a follow-on modification issued for 2010.

Faster is a performance-based logistics contract providing weapon systems sustainment of the F-22 fleet at all operational bases for the 2011 calendar year, including training systems, customer support, integrated support planning, supply-chain management, aircraft modifications and heavy maintenance, sustained engineering, support products and systems engineering.

In 2010 the US Air Force deployed the Raptor around the world, including to Guam, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.