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The USA has completed the modernization program for the world's first 5th generation fighter

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The USA has completed the modernization program for the world's first 5th generation fighter

The USA has completed a program of repair and modernization of the existing fleet of the world's first fifth generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor. Reported by the American edition of Military Watch.


The F-22 modernization program began back in 2006 and took a total of 14 years. It was attended by the F-22 system program management in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Boeing, who were responsible for the development and production of certain parts of the aircraft.

The upgrades included structural modifications aimed at increasing the airworthiness of the fighter. In addition, some work was carried out to update the avionics, communication systems, and new software was installed. However, the modernization is far from over, the aircraft has not received many of the functions inherent in modern aircraft. In particular, the helmet-mounted target designation system, which simplifies the conduct of combat in some conditions, is still not used; its installation is planned in the future.

The Raptor's lack of many features puts it at a disadvantage compared to the newer F-35 or its Chinese rival J-20, which are generally much more modern and integrate a number of important new technologies that the F-22 still lacks.

- writes the edition.

Due to the fact that during the modernization it was not possible to bring the fighter to the required level, work on the F-22 will continue. In 2024, it is planned to launch a new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program, within which avionics and software will be significantly updated, the airframe and general aircraft systems will be improved. The main modernization will be the replacement of the aircraft's radio-absorbing coating, which turned out to be overly difficult to operate and did not justify itself.

The F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation multi-role fighter designed to replace the fourth generation F-15 Eagle. A total of 187 units were produced between 1997 and 2011. It is the most expensive fighter in the world - $ 146,2 million per unit.
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  1. poquello
    poquello 30 January 2021 13: 38
    -1
    heh, rzhach, the USA has no money, paint glider helmet - upgrade to su-57
    1. aleksejkabanets
      aleksejkabanets 30 January 2021 13: 53
      0
      Quote: poquello
      heh, rzhach, the USA has no money

      Do you yourself believe that?
      1. poquello
        poquello 30 January 2021 14: 01
        +6
        Quote: aleksejkabanets
        Quote: poquello
        heh, rzhach, the USA has no money

        Do you yourself believe that?

        I guess this, the cow turned out to be expensive in the maintenance of the coating - so they combed themselves with the replacement of paint, they cannot create a new version - to upgrade the glider is something
        1. aleksejkabanets
          aleksejkabanets 30 January 2021 14: 04
          -2
          Quote: poquello
          they cannot create a new version

          Why create a new version if the aircraft's modernization potential has not been exhausted?
          1. Logall
            Logall 30 January 2021 14: 07
            +1
            I think he meant the paint itself. We have solved this problem by covering ... But I don’t know how successful it is.
          2. Prisoner
            Prisoner 30 January 2021 14: 37
            0
            Schaub corporations sawed up some money, EPRST. This is a rhetorical question. hi
        2. figwam
          figwam 30 January 2021 14: 28
          +7
          It is the most expensive fighter in the world - $ 146,2 million per unit.

          Taking into account the identified shortcomings and subsequent unplanned modernization, it will be even more expensive)
          1. Zoldat_A
            Zoldat_A 30 January 2021 17: 06
            +5
            Quote: figvam
            F-22 Raptor
            .
            Is someone else laughing at our Su-57?

            The same 20 years of development. Only the American development program is 40 (!) Times more expensive and a unit five times more expensive. ...
            A scanty number - 187 serials since 1997. And we'll see ours in 23 years. When I served in the army, the Su-27 was exotic too. Almost the only one Pugachev flew on it.
            Our Su-57 is criticized by the Americans - journalists-observers - "experts". "Raptor" - they are also. Those who fly them.

            And "apofigey of apotheosis" -
            In May 2012, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta signed an executive order imposing significant restrictions on the flight of F-22 Raptor fighters. According to the order, F-22s are no longer allowed to make long flights, and they are also required to always be in the reach of the runways so that, if necessary, pilots can make an emergency landing.
            What is the combat radius of an aircraft that is always ready to make an emergency landing at the home base? 100 kilometers? 200? 300? IL-2 had 350 km.
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      3. Nikolay Ivanov_5
        Nikolay Ivanov_5 30 January 2021 14: 22
        +5
        Quote: aleksejkabanets
        Quote: poquello
        heh, rzhach, the USA has no money

        Do you yourself believe that?

        Give the person a junkie joke.
      4. El Chuvachino
        El Chuvachino 30 January 2021 14: 34
        +4
        Why believe when it is already known? The key reason for the construction of 187 units instead of the planned 750 was precisely their cost.
        https://fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/RL31673.pdf
        1. aleksejkabanets
          aleksejkabanets 30 January 2021 14: 38
          0
          Quote: El Chuvachino
          Why believe when it is already known?

          Poor, poor Americans, almost beggars. How much military budget they have, don’t remind? And how much GDP?
          1. poquello
            poquello 30 January 2021 14: 50
            +5
            Quote: aleksejkabanets
            Quote: El Chuvachino
            Why believe when it is already known?

            Poor, poor Americans, almost beggars. How much military budget they have, don’t remind? And how much GDP?

            "It doesn't matter how they vote, it matters how they count" as Napoleon once said 111
            1. Vol4ara
              Vol4ara 30 January 2021 15: 12
              +1
              Quote: poquello
              Quote: aleksejkabanets
              Quote: El Chuvachino
              Why believe when it is already known?

              Poor, poor Americans, almost beggars. How much military budget they have, don’t remind? And how much GDP?

              "It doesn't matter how they vote, it matters how they count" as Napoleon once said 111

              Napoleon spoke, and it is still relevant, especially in the CIS countries
          2. El Chuvachino
            El Chuvachino 30 January 2021 15: 17
            +1
            So is there / was money for 750 F-22 units or not?
            1. Zoldat_A
              Zoldat_A 30 January 2021 17: 59
              0
              Quote: El Chuvachino
              So is there / was money for 750 F-22 units or not?

              Who cares? There is money - they will spend it. No - they will print ... Where 750 units is the question.
          3. Reviews
            Reviews 30 January 2021 16: 17
            0
            Quote: aleksejkabanets
            Quote: El Chuvachino
            Why believe when it is already known?

            Poor, poor Americans, almost beggars. How much military budget they have, don’t remind? And how much GDP?

            And what - the rich don't count money? Or is the US Air Force the only type of military? In open sources they write that the price of one board is 146 million dollars. The cost of 700 aircraft would be 1/10 trillion.
            1. aleksejkabanets
              aleksejkabanets 30 January 2021 16: 30
              -3
              Quote: Avis
              And what - the rich don't count money? ......

              Started with this
              Quote: aleksejkabanets
              Quote: poquello
              heh, rzhach, the USA has no money

              Do you yourself believe that?
          4. Andrey.AN
            Andrey.AN 30 January 2021 16: 45
            0
            Loans need to be repaid, with this budget, and to return to the next budget through the military-industrial complex (the scheme is simple, to twist the tax, collecting tax from it for three turns per year, lend like nesting dolls), loans to repay loans and the budget, it is more and more difficult to take.
    2. EDWARD
      EDWARD 30 January 2021 14: 03
      +12
      wildly sorry .. well, this topic seems to have been discussed only yesterday on the site?
      -https: //topwar.ru/179485-programma-f-22-structural-repair-program-prodlenie-resursa-i-modernizacija.html#comment-id-11184710
      1. poquello
        poquello 30 January 2021 14: 09
        +1
        Quote: EDWARD
        wildly sorry .. well, this topic seems to have been discussed only yesterday on the site?
        -https: //topwar.ru/179485-programma-f-22-structural-repair-program-prodlenie-resursa-i-modernizacija.html#comment-id-11184710

        just looked, it's not there
        The main modernization will be the replacement of the aircraft's radio-absorbing coating, which turned out to be overly difficult to operate and did not justify itself.
        1. EDWARD
          EDWARD 30 January 2021 14: 15
          +7
          The USA has completed a program of repair and modernization of the existing fleet of the world's first fifth generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor.
          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
          The United States Air Force has completed the F-22 Structural Repair Program. Its goal was to overhaul and restore the technical condition of the existing 5th generation Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor fighters. As a result of the program, the entire fleet of these aircraft meets the requirements, and the service life of the equipment has grown to the planned 8 thousand hours.

          the sum does not change from the change of the terms?))
          1. poquello
            poquello 30 January 2021 14: 26
            +1
            Quote: EDWARD
            The USA has completed a program of repair and modernization of the existing fleet of the world's first fifth generation fighter, the F-22 Raptor.
            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
            The United States Air Force has completed the F-22 Structural Repair Program. Its goal was to overhaul and restore the technical condition of the existing 5th generation Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor fighters. As a result of the program, the entire fleet of these aircraft meets the requirements, and the service life of the equipment has grown to the planned 8 thousand hours.

            the sum does not change from the change of the terms?))

            Even I can not bind the terms, capital and replacement with a new coating
          2. Paranoid50
            Paranoid50 30 January 2021 20: 13
            0
            Quote: EDWARD
            the sum does not change from the change of the terms?))

            This is only for mathematicians. Philologists break this statement down with a couple of sentences. laughing
            As a result of this "change," the amount of the Air Force mattress will also increase in the future, and it is not acidic. fellow
            Due to the fact that during the modernization it was not possible to bring the fighter to the required level, work on the F-22 will continue. New Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program slated for 2024, within the framework of which the avionics and software will be significantly updated, the airframe and general aircraft systems will be finalized. The main modernization will be the replacement of the aircraft's radio-absorbing coating, which turned out to be overly difficult to operate and did not justify itself.
            So, "Lizard" will still eat cabbage. However, “Penguin” is not lagging behind. Judging by the news from the Pentagon, they are just having a holiday today. fellow :
            Two thirds of the total number of delivered fifth-generation F-35 Lightning II fighters are in sky-ready condition due to constant problems with the power plant and airframe. This was stated by the deputy head of the Pentagon for procurement and procurement Ellen Lord, writes MilitaryWatch.
            According to Lord, currently only 36% of the F-35 fighter fleet is fully operational.
    3. 3315061
      3315061 30 January 2021 14: 03
      +7
      The costs are more serious than paint and helmets. In October 2018, Hurricane Michael damaged 17 F-22 fighters at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The damage caused is estimated at billions of dollars. Taking into account the fact that the US Air Force has 186 such fighters, we are talking about the loss of almost 10% of their total number.
      Interestingly, they have already repaired these 17 aircraft or scrapped?
    4. Incvizitor
      Incvizitor 30 January 2021 14: 08
      -5
      SU 57 is their 7th generation.
  2. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 30 January 2021 13: 42
    0
    modernization under the slogan ... "make money make money the rest is all rubbish ..."
    like it's not finished yet ... then you need to add something else ... but okay, we'll cut another stage until 2024 ... cool business
  3. SAG
    SAG 30 January 2021 14: 05
    +1
    And many are outraged that the Su-57 has not been riveted in a large batch for so long. Mattresses raptor 90s will not bring to mind in any way, let alone an iron-35 hi
    1. Vol4ara
      Vol4ara 30 January 2021 15: 18
      -1
      Quote: SAG
      And many are outraged that the Su-57 has not been riveted in a large batch for so long. Mattresses raptor 90s will not bring to mind in any way, let alone an iron-35 hi

      The lag is 25, the engine is even more, is afar on at least one serial?
  4. Prax1
    Prax1 30 January 2021 14: 12
    -7
    What a beautiful plane it turned out to be! Really the best in the world!
    1. poquello
      poquello 30 January 2021 14: 29
      0
      Quote: Prax1
      In 2024, it is planned to launch a new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program, within which the avionics and software will be significantly updated, the airframe and general aircraft systems will be improved.

      here are the bastards, they encroach on beauty)
      In 2024, it is planned to launch a new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) program, within which the avionics and software will be significantly updated, modified glider and general aircraft systems.
      1. Ros 56
        Ros 56 30 January 2021 16: 59
        0
        And how will the glider be finished with a file? I wonder how. lol
    2. kit88
      kit88 30 January 2021 14: 37
      +9
      To the bride and the mare
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  6. Coconut
    Coconut 30 January 2021 14: 53
    +1
    then they will say ... excuse me .. not on the 5th but on the 3rd ... the fry were mistaken ... mattresses to believe do not respect themselves ..)
  7. Ross xnumx
    Ross xnumx 30 January 2021 15: 21
    +2
    In the U.S. the modernization program ended the world's first 5th generation fighter

    Due to the fact that during the modernization it was not possible to bring fighter to the required level, work on the F-22 will continue.

    Everything is clear here. Almost like in a joke (do you like children?):
    - Do you like the modernization of the F-22?
    - Not really: it's not completed ... But the process itself ... good
  8. Growlers
    Growlers 30 January 2021 16: 41
    0
    Is that what they call finishing touches and alterations? However, their business
  9. Ros 56
    Ros 56 30 January 2021 16: 57
    -1
    Oh, these storytellers, for 14 years this pepelats cannot be brought to mind, you have to be able to. fellow wassat