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The Final F-22: 4195   (Source: Lockheed Martin)
Final F-22 will be delivered next year

The F-22 Raptor has faced many challenges this year, which just so happens to be the final year the aircraft will be produced. The F-22 has had a number of issues, most notably the problem with the fighter's onboard oxygen generation system that has caused hypoxia like symptoms in some pilots.
 
The aircraft were placed on stand-down for months while an investigation was conducted. That investigating ultimately failed to find the cause of the hypoxia-like symptoms of some pilots and the aircraft were returned to duty with some restrictions months later.
 
With the aircraft off stand-down, Lockheed Martin was able to start the assembly line in Marietta, Georgia rolling again. Thanks to the production restart, the final F-22 rolled off the assembly line on December 13 bringing the procurement of the fighter program to a close. The final Raptor -- the 187th to roll off the assembly line -- has tail number 4195 and still has to undergo company and USAF flight-testing before it is delivered. After flight testing the aircraft will have its stealth coating applied.
 
The last Raptor will be delivered to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The Raptor will replace one that the squadron stationed their lost in a fatal accident.
 
With the final Raptor now complete, the Marietta production line will now be crated up and stored. Lockheed hopes that in the future the F-22 program might be reinstated and production can start again.
 
"It's sad to see the end of the Raptor, but given the costs of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the state of the economy, it stood little chance," said analyst Richard Aboulafia at the Teal Group, Fairfax, Va. He also said, "Given the potential of the aircraft, the line preservation efforts, and an uncertain strategic picture, it could one day follow the C-5 or B-1 and be reborn in a few years."
 

Source: DefenseNews



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Bad Choice
By simian pete on 12/14/2011 9:29:27 PM , Rating: 2

These F-22's still have some bugs in them, I'm sure the military will figure out what's wrong and fix the problems....

It's a bad choice to stop producing the F-22. We have to replace all them F-15's ! Plus other possibly hostile countries are developing more and more advanced military technology ...

To bring the price down seems like an industrial engineering problem. You can have a fighter custom built, or you can develop the technology (robotics, mechatronics) to build fighters at a lower cost ... sort of like a hi tech assembly line ......

So how about it, US military ? Time to change the production paradigm ....





RE: Bad Choice
By shin0bi272 on 12/14/2011 11:20:06 PM , Rating: 2
Re: F22 bugs... See F-16 LOL yeah they'll fix it eventually

Re: production... what? economics of scale? pshaw that only works in that evil money hungry private sector.


RE: Bad Choice
By Strunf on 12/15/2011 7:24:28 AM , Rating: 2
The companies that make the F-22 or any other planes are pretty much private... they don't really reduce the price per plane cause really there isn't competition, there are like just 2 contractors that can sell planes to the US and both are interested (like any private company) in squeezing as much money as possible from the state.


RE: Bad Choice
By invidious on 12/15/2011 9:27:46 AM , Rating: 2
The government typically forces companies to reduce their costs over time in modern contracts. This may not have been the case back when the F22 was contracted. But nowadays the price per aircraft drops over time and its up to the manufacturer to figure out ways to reduce their costs if they want to maintain profitability.


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