Israel has approached the
Sources say that the issue was raised during a one-day trip by
Among the subjects discussed with the country’s prime minister and defence minister were
Primary function: Air dominance fighter
Official nickname: Raptor
Airframe builders: Lockheed Martin (
Engine builder: Pratt & Whitney (
Power plant: Two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines with afterburners and two-dimensional thrust-vectoring nozzles. Each engine is in the 35,000-lb-thrust class.
Length: 62 ft. 1 in.
Wingspan: 44 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 5 in.
Top speed: Mach 2 class
Supercruise speed: Mach 1.5+
Ceiling and weight: Classified
Armament: Internally, six radar-guided AIM-120C advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (or two 1,000-pound class GBU-32 joint direct attack munitions in place of four of the AIM-120Cs) in main weapons bay; two heat-seeking AIM-9 Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missiles in side weapons bays (one in each bay). One M61A2 20 mm multi-barrel cannon. Four external stations can carry additional stores (weapons or fuel tanks)
Crew: Pilot only
First flight: September 7, 1997
Flight test aircraft: Nine
Initial operational capability: December 15, 2005
Planned production: Current USAF requirements: 381 aircraft