The U.S. Air Force concluded an agreement with the American company Lockheed Martin contract for the modernization of F-22 fighters Raptor, reports Flightglobal. The deal amounted to 6.9 billion dollars. The new agreement involves alternately upgrading combat aircraft to version Increment 3.1, and later — Increment 3.2A and Increment 3.2B. Under the agreement, all work must be completed by March 20, 2023.
The modernization of the F-22 to version Increment 3.1, which is already operated by Lockheed Martin, the aircraft must obtain an improved synthetic aperture radar, which will allow them to lead a ground mapping, without the help of others to identify targets on the ground and lay on their arms. In addition, the range of weapons fighter replenish eight SDB aerial bombs caliber 250 pounds (113 kg).
In 2014, start by upgrading fighters programmke Increment 3.2A. On aircraft is planned to establish a new system of electronic countermeasures, and improved systems to set objectives. In addition, fighters will be able to collate the information received by the receiver standard Link 16 (on the F-22, it works only on the reception disk imaging) information in their own databases, it also cooperating with the data received from its own detectors.
Beginning in 2017 the F-22 fighter jets will be upgrading to programmke Increment 3.2B. It involves equipping aircraft improved navigation systems and electronic countermeasures. In addition, the update will be made software with which the F-22 will be able to use missiles AIM-120D AMRAAM m AIM-9X Sidewinder «air-to-air.»
As expected, the U.S. Air Force in the coming couple of years, want to start financing the project to develop a package of modernization on the F-22 program there Increment 3.3. Currently, the U.S. Air Force are 187 F-22 fighters. In February 2011, it was reported that since 2012 the U.S. Air Force to modernize izderzhut F-22 to 16 billion dollars within a couple of years. In March 2012, the U.S. Air Force received the first F-22 fighters, upgraded to programmke Increment 3.1.