Lockheed Martin Has a Big Idea for the Air Force: Merge an F-22 and F-35

Lockheed Martin Has a Big Idea for the Air Force: Merge an F-22 and F-35 Lockheed Martin is reportedly pitching a new version of the stealthy F-22 Raptor air superiority fighter to the United States Air Force. But the new Raptor variant would not simply be a rehash of the original F-22, instead this new derivative would replace the original jet’s avionics and mission systems with hardware from Lockheed Martin’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It would also incorporate structural modifications and possibly Pratt & Whitney F135 engines or Adaptive Engine Transition Program (AETP) motors in place of the F119 engines that are installed on the current Raptors. As my former colleague Marcus Weisgerber reported for Defense One , the new F-22 derivative would incorporate the F-35’s much more modern mission system and “other advancements in the stealth coatings and things of that nature”—citing a person familiar with the proposal. Read More: http://bit.ly/f35-vs-f22
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