MARIETTA, Ga., May 3 (UPI) -- The final F-22 Raptor produced for the U.S. Air Force has been delivered and will fly from an air base in Alaska.
Lockheed Martin said the aircraft was the 195th F-22 it had produced and was handed over in a special ceremony.
"There is no longer any nation that wishes us ill or any adversary who wishes us harm that has any doubt that their actions will have consequences -- that they will be held to account and that our response will be undeterred," said Robert J. Stevens, Lockheed Martin's chairman and chief executive officer. "The very existence of this airplane -- your airplane -- has altered the strategic landscape forever."
The F-22 Raptor, which employs stealth technology, is the only fifth-generation fighter in operation in the world. It is a twin-engine aircraft with a maximum speed at altitude of 1,500 miles per hour. Its range is 1,841 miles, while its combat radius in 471 miles. It carries a full range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry.
F-22s are assigned to seven U.S. bases.
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