The F22 Raptor makes its fastest and highest JDAM delivery yet

by Dhiram Shah

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and the USAF have acheived another milestone as the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor air dominance fighter destroyed a small ground target in the F-22’s fastest and highest JDAM delivery yet. At the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico a Raptor flying at 1.5 times the speed of sound (1.5 Mach, 1142 miles per hour)and an altitude of 50,000 feet released a 1000 pound JDAM which destroyed a small target 24 nautical miles (27.5 miles) away. The ability to release a munition at supersonic speeds and standoff ranges greatly increases the aircrews survival rate while taking out heavily guarded ground targets.

Success of the standoff delivery is due in part to the Raptor avionics’ ability to compute and display an accurate Launch Acceptability Region (LAR), the area in the sky from which the pilot can release a weapon to successfully attack the desired target. The LAR supersonic algorithm, developed by a Boeing collaboration of F-22, Phantom Works and JDAM engineers, factors in navigation, weather, target and weapon information.

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