Considered a legendary fighter aircraft and a technological marvel in the battlefield, the Lockheed Martin F22 Raptor fighter jet is reported to have been given continuous support and upgrades until 2031, with its lifespan being expanded and predicted to reach the 2060s.
Because of all the feats the F22 displays, the military forces just can’t let this unit go and instead will continue to be in the frontline for years to come.
Although many Western fighters have recently taken measures to make them less susceptible to radar detection, such as the use of S-shaped radar absorbers on the air intakes. In order to mask the radar-reflecting compressor fan, the F-22A’s design emphasized more on the goal of making the aircraft more difficult to detect than previous fighter designs.
Stealth aircraft in the past have had material placement problems because of radar-absorbing materials and coatings, which require very frequent maintenance and are prone to problems with weather conditions. Unlike the B-2, which requires parking in air-conditioned hangars, the F-22 can be serviced in conventional hangars.
Furthermore, the F-22 has a warning system (called the “Signature Assessment System”) with gauges that warn when damage occurs and the aircraft’s radar signal in the air. require more thorough maintenance.
The F-22’s stealth is mainly due to a special coating that absorbs radar waves. However, this stealth coating is easy to peel off when the aircraft is located in areas with harsh climates, or when flying at high speeds. When the paint is peeled and peeled off, the F-22’s stealth ability is also significantly reduced. Therefore, the maintenance cost of the F-22 is much higher than that of a conventional aircraft.
What makes the F22 spectacular, and what upgrades will the F22 receive to make it more viable in the next 40 years? In today’s video, we’ll take a closer look at the Lockheed Martin F22 Raptor, its specifications, and what the future holds for this unit. There’s also been recent updates that have made the F22 Raptor even more amazing than before.