The Lockheed Martin Corporation has received a $40 million contract modification to strip and recoat the U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptor Fleet. Lockheed will strip and recoat the stealth fighter jets. Completion of the job is expected on June 20, 2019.
15-03-2017 - Fort Worth, Texas
Lockheed established an F-22 Inlet Coating Repair Speedline facility in Marietta, Georgia, last August under an Air Force contract. The first F-22 arrived there in November, according to Lockheed Martin.
The original contract had Lockheed recoating 12 F-22s and the first plane was returned to the Air Force in February. The new contract modification will have all F-22s with reverting coating stripped and recoated.
The stealth F-22 relies on exterior coatings for its Very Low Observable radar cross-section, the feature that allows the plane to fly undetected by enemy radar.
Work will be performed at facilities in Palmdale, California; Marietta, Georgia; Hill Air Force Base, Utah; and Fort Worth, Texas. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah is overseeing the project.