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F-22 weapons capability ramps up

Photo: Jamie Hunter

 

F-22A Raptors operated by the US Air Force’s 411th Flight Test Squadron at Edwards Air Force Base, California, completed developmental tests of the Raytheon AIM-9X Block II and AIM-120D air-to-air missiles on April 18. The Raptors launched inert missiles against multiple BQM-167A sub-scale aerial targets at the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR). The tests were conducted as part of the F-22A’s Block 3.2B upgrade developmental test and evaluation. The Block 3.2B modernization update to the F-22A is the largest capability upgrade for the Raptor since it reached initial operating capability in December 2005.

In addition to Block 3.2B upgrades, the USAF is also developing datalink improvements for the Raptor along with software updates that will allow the F-22A and F-35A sensor packages to be connected.

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