Combined Contract Saves Money Over Smaller Orders
Air Force officials signed a production contract with Lockheed
Martin Corp. this week, to add 60 F-22 Raptors to the Air Force
inventory by December 2011.
The multiyear contract for the fifth-generation fighters will
save the Air Force $411 million, compared to a traditional annual
procurement program of three separate, single-year contracts for 20
aircraft, according to Air Force Print News.
"The Air Force's efforts at streamlining the F-22 acquisition
process through a multi-year contract is a substantial benefit to
the American taxpayer," said Sue C. Payton, assistant secretary of
the Air Force for acquisition, research and development.
With the multiyear contract, Air Force officials can lessen the
costs resulting from changes in production rate, materials and
other inflation effects.
"The global threat continues to increase among nations that
already have fourth generation technology, and potential enemies to
U.S. interests are making technological leaps to close the
capabilities gap with the U.S.," said Maj. Gen. Mark D.
Shackelford, the director of global power programs. "The
procurement of the F-22 is another crucial step toward staying
ahead of our adversaries' technological advances."
In June, the F-22 was awarded the 2006 Collier Trophy by the
National Aeronautic Association, which recognizes the most
significant achievements in the advancement of aviation.
Additionally, the fighter has been recognized for operational
successes in numerous overseas deployment, Air Force and joint
The F-22s rolling off the production line today are being sent
to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to stand up a second
operational location. Late next year, the Air Force plans to send
the aircraft to Holloman AFB, NM.
"While we continue to plan for today's fight, we must also
posture for tomorrow's war," General Shackelford said. "The F-22 is
a key part of US combat power, and it will be a key part of joint
air dominance for years to come."