Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $536m contract modification by the US Air Force (USAF) to provide sustainment services on F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft.

Sustainment services will be provided as part of a performance-based logistics (PBL) contract providing weapon systems sustainment of the F-22 fleet at all operational bases for 2017, Lockheed said in a statement.

The deal is also in line with a comprehensive weapons management programme, called follow-on agile sustainment for the Raptor (FASTeR).

Lockheed Martin F-22 programme vice-president Ken Merchant said: “This contract is a vital part of keeping the combat Raptor (F-22) fleet in fighting form.

“Our collaborative partnership with the airforce and our industry partners ensures that our warfighters get the critical capabilities they need to accomplish their missions.”

"This contract is a vital part of keeping the combat Raptor fleet in fighting form."

Lockheed and the USAF work together to integrate a total lifecycle systems management process to ensure that the Raptor fleet is ready to perform its mission.

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The 62ft-long, fifth-generation aircraft is capable of collecting and sharing tactical information with friendly assets, allowing the US and allied forces to engage targets with advanced battlespace awareness.

To date, the US has deployed F-22s to Asia and Europe to reinforce security commitments and bolster strategic partnerships with allies, the statement said.

Currently, the F-22 Raptor aircraft are also deployed to the Middle East to support Operation Inherent Resolve.


Image: Lockheed Martin to provide sustainment services on F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.