Lockheed Martin returns first F-22 Raptor from ICR facility to USAF ahead of schedule

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) has completed the first F-22 Raptor at the company´s Inlet Coating Repair (ICR) Speedline facility and delivered the aircraft back to the United States Air Force (USAF) ahead of schedule, the company said.

Periodic maintenance is required to maintain the special exterior coatings that contribute to the 5th Generation Raptor´s Very Low Observable (VLO) radar cross-section. The increase in F-22 deployments, including ongoing operational combat missions, has increased the demand for ICR.

The USAF contracted Lockheed Martin to establish the Speedline in Marietta, Georgia, in August 2016 and to perform this work on a total of 12 aircraft; a follow-on contract is anticipated.

Additionally, Lockheed Martin is providing modification support services, analytical condition inspections, radar cross section turntable support, and antenna calibration.

The first F-22 arrived at the Marietta facility in early November. A second aircraft arrived in early December 2016, and a third in late January 2017.

Lockheed Martin provides sustainment services to the F-22 fleet through a USAF-awarded performance based logistics contract and a comprehensive weapons management program called follow-on agile sustainment for the raptor (FASTeR). As the original equipment manufacturer and support integrator for the F-22 Raptor, the company works closely with the USAF to integrate a total life-cycle systems management process to ensure the Raptor fleet is ready to perform its mission.

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.