25 October 2012
Air Force F-22 Fighter Program
Procurement of The Air Force F-22 fighters, also known as the Raptor, began in FY1999, and a total of 195 were procured through FY2009. Ongoing issues for Congress regarding the F-22 program include questions regarding the F-22’s supply of oxygen to its pilots, the possible resumption of production, the reliability and maintainability of in-service Raptors, the F-22 modernization program, and the potential sale of F-22s to other countries. Congress’s decisions on all these issues could affect Department of Defense (DOD) capabilities and funding requirements, the US tactical aircraft industrial base, and US relations with other countries.