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Lockheed Martin's Raptor is cleared for deployment anywhere in the world

Lockheed Martin's F-22A Raptor has been officially cleared for operation in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Langley Air Force in Virginia is now home to 12 combat-ready Raptors. It has been a long road for the Air Force's successor to the F-15 Strike Eagle. The first flight of the prototype YF-22 took place on September 29th, 1990 and the aircraft was officially named the F-22 Raptor in April of 1997. 

The F-22A employs advanced stealth technology that was pioneered on the F-117 Nighthawk and has the ability to "supercruise" at speeds up to Mach 1.58 without the use of afterburners with its twin Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines. The fighter has the ability to obtain Mach 2+ with the use of its afterburners.

The F-22A is also one of the first operational fighter planes to feature an all-glass cockpit with no traditional round gauges serving as a backup. And for you CRT fans out there, sorry -- the Raptor uses six LCD screens instead of CRTs due to their lower power requirements.

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interesting about the LCDs
By amish on 1/16/2006 4:11:46 PM , Rating: 2
i wonder if the LCDs are hard to read when sunlight is shining on them.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By Wahsapa on 1/16/2006 4:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
maybe low quality taiwanese made LCDs are hard to read in sunlight but not high quality american made LCDs :)

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By Jharne on 1/16/2006 4:30:11 PM , Rating: 3
Is that an enemy fighter on the screen, or just another dead pixel.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By MrSmurf on 1/16/2006 4:48:54 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, they'll just keep returning them, a million dollars a pop, until they get one without any defects. :D

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By ninjit on 1/16/2006 4:35:31 PM , Rating: 2
Who actuall makes LCD substrates in the US?

As far as I know, they're ALL made in asia somewhere, besides prototype/research stuff.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By MrSmurf on 1/16/2006 4:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
Damn dude, it was a joke.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By KristopherKubicki on 1/16/2006 5:10:16 PM , Rating: 1
There are only four main LCD guys left. LG.Philips LCD, Samsung-Sony LCD, AU Optoelectronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics. NEC does some research grade stuff in the US, but even they don't have the $1b or so it takes to build a facility.


RE: interesting about the LCDs
By noone55555 on 1/16/2006 6:15:13 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, you have the avionics industry to thank for modern LCD improvements like sunlight readability and increased field-of-view. I previously worked in the avionics industry, and screen coatings for this purpose were a hot R&D topic over a decade ago. Honeywell sued about every LCD supplier recently due to patents from such research.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By blckgrffn on 1/17/2006 1:31:04 AM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure the LCD's were done by Rockwell Colins in Cedar Rapids, IA. They were really into LCD research in the last couple years from what I heard ;)

It's a government contract, guys. The LCD's are one-offs especially made to military specifications that are likely very different than the 2005FPW you are currently using. Whether that makes sense doesn't matter, the US military is willing to spend any amount of money to make their dreams come true.

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By Eris23007 on 1/17/2006 1:59:02 PM , Rating: 2

Actually I think BARCO makes almost all the military displays. I've been around displays for both aircraft onboard C4I systems and similar naval systems, and in both cases they were BARCO. I haven't been around the actual avionics though...

RE: interesting about the LCDs
By The Cheeba on 1/22/2006 6:05:56 AM , Rating: 2
A display != a panel though. I think the OP was talking about the panel manufacturers as some guy in Iowa would need a billion dollar supply line to build just one panel.


RE: interesting about the LCDs
By bunnyfubbles on 1/17/2006 1:53:13 AM , Rating: 2
the LCD on my watch is easy to read in direct sunlight

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