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Sustainment

A fast-changing world requires a new way of thinking about aircraft support. That’s why Lockheed Martin is committed to total support for the F-22 by providing higher readiness, more sorties, faster response and lower life-cycle costs to our customer. Our tightly integrated design and support teams provide the fastest, most effective link between the F-22 operator requirements and delivered capability.

These can be achieved by:

  • Performance Based Logistics (PBL) – A long-term arrangement under which the contractor receives incentives to meet performance requirements. The result: greater reliability and readiness rates
  • Worldwide Partnership of Suppliers – Our supplier network ensures the F-22 receives efficient support, anywhere in the world. This includes aircraft operation, modernized supply chain management, inspections, simulator facilities, maintenance and field support

The Lockheed Martin-led team shares our customer's objectives and is dedicated to a collaborative partnership with the U.S. Air Force to accomplish a successful transition to long-term PBL.

Sustainment and Upgrades

Production of the F-22 was completed in December 2011, and the last aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Air Force on May 2, 2012. With the end of production, program emphasis now shifts to sustainment and upgrades to the world’s most advanced fighter to keep it on the front lines for the next four decades.

Key maintenance enhancements include:

  • A totally electronic diagnostic system, which provides a paperless approach for all F-22 troubleshooting and maintenance; information is downloaded to a portable maintenance aid directly from the aircraft
  • An Integrated Maintenance Information System and Diagnostics and Health Management. These indicate to the maintainer the specific actions required to rapidly repair anomalies
  • Pratt & Whitney F119 engines. The F-22's engines are designed to allow standard flight line maintenance using just six common tools available at commercial hardware stores
  • Strategically placed low-observable access panels, along with access points in the landing gear wells and weapons bays, which make the Raptor easier to arm, fuel and maintain while avoiding the need to disturb the F-22’s low-observable coatings
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