The F-22’s modernization: the ‘Raptor’ remains in service until 2060
WASHINGTON, (BM) – In the United States announced the modernization of F-22 fighters, which should allow aircraft to remain in service until the 2060s, when they are finally replaced by sixth generation aircraft, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
And if the F-16 and F-15 were upgraded several times, for example, they were equipped with JHMCS head-turning guidance technology, everything was much more complicated with the F-22.
It is difficult to make any changes to the design of a low ESR glider, for example, to install more modern sensors. Complicated the task and the final closure of the production of F-22 in 2011.
According to The National Interest, the modernization will consist of two stages: first, the fighter will be updated with equipment, and then software.
Modernization programs are called Baseline 3.2B and Update 6. The F-22s are equipped with the latest air-to-air missiles, as well as improving the fighter’s communications system. The weapons system will integrate AIM-9X and AIM-120D. Also, pilots will receive helmets, like F-35 pilots with the aforementioned JHMCS technology.
In the future, the F-22 will receive an electro-optical module similar to the EOTS and DAS systems that are on the F-35. It will be extremely important to arm the F-22 with air-to-ground missiles so that it finally becomes multifunctional, but nothing is yet known about this.
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