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The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation, single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but also has ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence capabilities. The prime contractor, Lockheed Martin, built most of the F-22's airframe and weapons systems and did its final assembly, while Boeing provided the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems.
The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 before it formally entered service in December 2005 as the F-22A. After a protracted development and despite operational issues, the USAF considers the F-22 critical to its tactical air power, and says that the aircraft is unmatched by any known or projected fighter. The Raptor's combination of stealth, aerodynamic performance, and situational awareness gives the aircraft unprecedented air combat capabilities.
The high cost of the aircraft, a lack of clear air-to-air missions due to delays in Russian and Chinese fighter programs, a ban on exports, and development of the more versatile and comparatively lower cost F-35 led to the end of F-22 production. A final procurement tally of 187 operational production aircraft was established in 2009 and the last F-22 was delivered to the USAF in 2012.
F-22 Raptors are use by the U.S. Armed Forces to gain air superiority during the Battle of San Francisco where they engaged KPA Su-47 Berkuts and later proceeded to attack KPA ground forces attempting to push back the advancing U.S. Forces on the Golden Gate Bridge.
- The F-22 is the most advanced fighter jet ever built; second to the F-35 Lightning II. It has excellent stealth capabilities and is the best in air to air combat. It is also very capable of ground attack. By these standards, it is very appropriate that the Raptor took flight during the Battle of San Francisco.
- The F-22 is the succesor to the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle as the USAF's primary air superiority fighter. The aircraft also has design features similar to the Grumman F-14 Tomcat formerly flown by US Navy. The F-15 is expected to be in service with the U.S. Air Force past 2025, around the start of the occupation. Why it is never shown or referenced, is unknown.
- The United States Air Force is the sole operator of the F-22. There is no evidence to suggest that the KPA have managed to acquire the aircraft, although they may have captured Raptors from USAF bases in the NKFOA or the Air Force were able to destroy the jets to prevent them from being used or escaped with them.
- The F-22 has a price tag of $153 million dollars, making it difficult to produce and maintain.
- F-22s are seen engaging Korean Su-47s in the skies around the Golden Gate Bridge.
- The F-22 Raptor uses the same model as the F/A-40 Stalker. A plane in another THQ game, Frontlines: Fuel of War.
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