News Video Feed: United States Air Force Clears F-22A Raptor Fighter Aircrafts for Combat

Jan 14, 2006, 00:00 ET from Lockheed Martin

    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- General Ronald E. Keys, Commander of Air
 Combat Command, has announced that the F-22A Raptor, the world's only 5th
 generation fighter aircraft, surpassed a monumental milestone today when the
 United States Air Force declared that the Raptor has reached initial
 operational capability. The General made the historic announcement at Langley
 Air Force Base, VA.
     The Air Force is now capable of deploying and supporting 12 F-22A Raptor
 aircraft anywhere in the world to execute air-to-air and air-to-ground
 missions. The Raptor is also qualified to perform homeland defense missions
 when required.
     The F-22 Raptor's unique combination of stealth, speed, agility,
 situational awareness, air-to-ground and air-to-air combat capabilities make
 it unlike any other military aircraft in the world, increasing a pilot's
 ability to engage targets with unmatched awareness. Rated "Overwhelmingly
 Effective" by the USAF during Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, the
 Raptor is three times more effective than the F-15.
     The F-22 Raptor is built by Lockheed Martin in partnership with Boeing and
 Pratt & Whitney.  F-22 production takes place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
 facilities in Palmdale, CA.; Meridian, MS.; Marietta, GA.; and Fort Worth, TX,
 as well as at Boeing's plant in Seattle, WA.
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SOURCES: Video, contact information and more available at SOUNDBITES: * General Ronald Keys, Commander, Air Combat Command, USAF * Larry Lawson, Executive Vice President, Lockheed Aeronautics and General Manager, F-22 A Program B-ROLL INCLUDES: F-22 A Raptor planes on ground and in flight, ceremony at Langley AFB, VA VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Lockheed Martin

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