of Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters began in FY1999, and a total of 195 (177 production
aircraft, 16 test aircraft, and 2 development aircraft) were procured through
FY2009. In the FY2010 budget, the Administration proposed to end F-22
procurement at 187, and Congress approved that termination. The F-22
assembly line in Marietta, GA, has been shut down, with its tools and
equipment placed in storage.
Since 2010, operational issues have arisen. Following a November 2010 fatal
crash of an F-22 in Alaska, Air the Force recorded at least 25 “physiological
incidents” of F-22 pilots reporting hypoxia-like symptoms while flying,
possibly indicating oxygen deprivation. Following a lengthy investigation
and grounding of the F-22 fleet, the Air Force attributed the oxygen
deprivation to “a ‘mosaic’ of interrelated cockpit equipment issues.”
Following corrective actions, the F-22 fleet has returned to the air.
The Administration’s proposed FY2013 defense budget requests $283.9 million in
FY2013 procurement funding for modification of in-service aircraft and
$36.7 million to equip Air Logistics Centers to perform F-22 maintenance.
The Administration’s proposed FY2013 defense budget also requests a new
start program, funded at $140.1 million in research and development, for
the Increment 3.2B software, and $371.7 million in FY2013 research and
development funding for F-22A Squadrons.
The Senate Appropriations Committee markup of the FY2013 defense appropriation
bill includes language prohibiting funds from being used to approve or
license the sale of the F-22 to other countries. The bill does permit the
Department of Defense to conduct studies and design activities to develop
a future export version of the aircraft that protects classified and sensitive
information. This language is similar to provisions passed by Congress
each year since 1998.
Date of Report: October 25, 2012
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