F-22 Raptor And F-35 Lightning II – An Overview of Two Advanced American Aircraft

F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II

The F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II are two of the most advanced military aircraft in the world. The F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation fighter jet designed for air superiority and ground attack missions. It features advanced stealth technology, high-speed maneuverability, and sophisticated weapons systems.
The F-35 Lightning II is a fifth-generation fighter jet designed for multi-role missions, including air-to-air combat, air-to-ground strikes, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. It also incorporates advanced stealth technology, as well as advanced sensors and avionics.
Both the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning II represent the pinnacle of modern aviation technology. They are capable of flying at supersonic speeds and are highly maneuverable, making them ideal for a wide range of missions. Whether engaging in air combat or conducting precision strikes against ground targets, these fighter jets are among the most capable aircraft in the world.

F-22 General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 62 ft 1 in (18.92 m)
Wingspan: 44 ft 6 in (13.56 m)
Height: 16 ft 8 in (5.08 m)
Wing area: 840 sq ft (78.04 m2)
Aspect ratio: 2.36
Airfoil: NACA 6 series airfoil
Empty weight: 43,340 lb (19,700 kg)
Gross weight: 64,840 lb (29,410 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 83,500 lb (38,000 kg)
Fuel capacity: 18,000 lb (8,200 kg) internally, or 26,000 lb (12,000 kg) with two 2× 600 US gal tanks
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 augmented turbofans, 26,000 lbf (116 kN) thrust each dry, 35,000 lbf (156 kN) with afterburner

Maximum speed: Mach 2.25, 1,500 mph (2,414 km/h) at altitude
Mach 1.21, 800 knots (921 mph; 1,482 km/h) at sea level
Mach 1.82, 1,220 mph (1,963 km/h) supercruise at altitude
Range: 1,600 nmi (1,800 mi, 3,000 km) or more with 2 external fuel tanks
Combat range: 460 nmi (530 mi, 850 km) clean with 100 nmi (115 mi, 185 km) in supercruise
590 nmi (679 mi, 1,093 km) clean subsonic
Ferry range: 1,740 nmi (2,000 mi, 3,220 km)
Service ceiling: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
g limits: +9.0/−3.0
Wing loading: 77.2 lb/sq ft (377 kg/m2)
Thrust/weight: 1.08 (1.25 with loaded weight and 50% internal fuel)
Guns: 1× 20 mm M61A2 Vulcan rotary cannon, 480 rounds
Internal weapons bays:
Air-to-air mission loadout:
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder
Air-to-ground mission loadout:
2× 1,000 lb (450 kg) JDAM or 8× 250 lb (110 kg) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs
2× AIM-9 Sidewinder
Hardpoint (external):
4× under-wing pylon stations can be fitted to carry weapons, each with a capacity of 5,000 lb (2,270 kg) or 600 U.S. gallon (2,270 L) drop tanks[254]
4x AIM-120 AMRAAM (external)

F-35 General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 51.4 ft (15.7 m)
Wingspan: 35 ft (11 m)
Height: 14.4 ft (4.4 m)
Wing area: 460 sq ft (43 m2)
Aspect ratio: 2.66
Empty weight: 29,300 lb (13,290 kg)
Gross weight: 49,540 lb (22,471 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 65,918 lb (29,900 kg)
Fuel capacity: 18,250 lb (8,278 kg) internal
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-100 afterburning turbofan, 28,000 lbf (125 kN) thrust dry, 43,000 lbf (191 kN) with afterburner

Maximum speed: Mach 1.6 at altitude
Range: 1,500 nmi (1,700 mi, 2,800 km)
Combat range: 669 nmi (770 mi, 1,239 km) on internal fuel
760 nmi (870 mi; 1,410 km) interdiction mission on internal fuel, for internal air to air configuration
Service ceiling: 50,000 ft (15,000 m)
g limits: +9.0
Wing loading: 107.7 lb/sq ft (526 kg/m2) at gross weight
Thrust/weight: 0.87 at gross weight (1.07 at loaded weight with 50% internal fuel)
Guns: 1 × 25 mm (0.984 in) GAU-22/A 4-barrel rotary cannon, 180 rounds
Hardpoints: 4 × internal stations, 6 × external stations on wings with a capacity of 5,700 pounds (2,600 kg) internal, 15,000 pounds (6,800 kg) external, 18,000 pounds (8,200 kg) total weapons payload, with provisions to carry combinations of:
Air-to-air missiles:
AIM-9X Sidewinder
AIM-260 JATM (To be integrated)
MBDA Meteor (Block 4, for F-35B) (not before 2027)
Air-to-surface missiles:
AGM-88G AARGM-ER (Block 4)
SPEAR 3 (Block 4, in development, integration contracted)
Joint Air-to-Ground Missile (JAGM)
Air-to-surface/Anti-ship missiles:
Joint Strike Missile (JSM, integration in progress)
Anti-ship missiles:
AGM-158C LRASM (being integrated)
Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) series
Paveway series laser-guided bombs
Precision-guided glide bomb:
GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB)
GBU-53/B StormBreaker (Small Diameter Bomb II)
B61 mod 12 nuclear bomb (being certified)

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