F-22 redelivered to USAF from Speedline facility
The first F-22 Raptor to undergo work at Lockheed Martin’s Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline facility has been redelivered to the US Air Force ahead of schedule, the company announced on 1 February.
The facility was established in 2016, with the first aircraft arriving there in November. The second and third aircraft are currently undergoing work, with 12 aircraft set to be worked on under the current contract. A follow-on contract is expected.
The work involves maintenance to maintain the special exterior coatings that contribute to the 5th Generation Raptor’s Very Low Observable (VLO) radar cross-section.
Lockheed Martin is also providing modification support services, analytical condition inspections, radar cross section turntable support and antenna calibration.
Lt Col Argie Moore, Deputy Commander of the 325th Maintenance Group, said: ‘The inlet coatings work, coupled with future improved low observable materials and repair improvements, is a critical part of increasing the 325th Fighter Wing’s repair capacity and combat readiness.’
Lockheed Martin provides sustainment services to the F-22 fleet through a US Air Force-awarded Performance Based Logistics contract and a comprehensive weapons management programme called Follow-on Agile Sustainment for the Raptor.
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