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FB-22

FB-22 Type: Medium stealth bomber Primary Contractor: Lockheed Martin First Flight: Not yet Year Deployed: Not yet Entered Active Service: Not yet Unit cost: N/A Crew: 2

Sizes

-Length: About 21.95 m (72.07 ft) -Wingspan: Over 13.56 m (44.49 ft) -Height: The same height of the F-22, just without the tail -Internal Fuel Capacity: 14,760 kg (32,540 lb) - Wing Area: N/A

Weight

-Empty Weight: N/A -Loaded Weight: N/A -Payload: Over 3,400 kg (7,500 lb) -Max. Takeoff Weight: Over 42,000 kg (92,594 lb)

Max. Load to Wing Area: (kg/m² (lb/ft²)) Engines: An advanced version of the General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136, or Pratt & Whitney F135-PW-600 (non thrust-vectoring turbofans) Thrust: Greater than 156 kiloNewtons (35,000 lbf) per engine Thrust/Weight (with 100% fuel): N/A

Speed

-Max Speed: higher than Mach 2.42 (2,965 km/h, 1,842 mph) -Cruise Speed: Supercruise

Range (no refueling)

-Combat Radius (flying while fully armed): 2,575 km (1390 nautical miles, or 1600 miles) -Ferry Range (Optional fuel tanks, no ordnance): N/A -Max. Flying Height (“Ceiling”): N/A

Armament

Gun(s):

none

Air to Air:

none

Air to Surface:

-Up to 30 SDBs (Small Diameter Bombs), possibly guided by GPS (Global Positioning System), weighing 113.4 kg (250 lb) each Insufficient knowledge to determine any other type No. of serving aircraft (only the exact type/variant): 0

Operators:

none The FB-22 currently exists only on paperwork, so no one owns a built aircraft yet.

Summary:

The FB-22 is a proposed bomber version of the F-22, intended to replace U.S.A.F. bombers and F-15Es and operate as a strategic bomber for long range missions. It uses avionics identical to those of the F-22, and shares a similar design with it, only tailless, with a longer fuselage, a delta wing, higher payload/fuel capacity, larger range, higher top-speed and better stealth. In 2002 Lockheed Martin started researching an option to use the existing F-22’s model to lower the risk of the program development, along with its cost (which might reach that way only 5-7 billion dollars). The engines of the FB-22 are expected to lack the thrust vectoring capability (which exists in the F-22), but may be either General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136, or the Pratt & Whitney F135 (the engine of the F-35), which are both more powerful than the F-22’s Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100. That way the FB-22 will maneuver using wing control surfaces alone, but it will have more power, so it would be able to fly very fast - faster even than the B-1B, United States’ fastest bomber. If the proposal would have been accepted, the FB-22 would become operational by 2018, but since it was already canceled in 2006, (probably permanently) in a Quadrennial Defense Review, the project would likely never be realized.