Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the F-22 Raptor’s Weapon Bays
Noteworthy the F-22 is designed around its internal bays, which are essential for the aircraft stealthy design.
Taken on May 20-21 by Teddy Techer, an aviation expert and a reader of The Aviation Geek Club during Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (AFB), the cool photo in this post gives us the chance to admire an F-22 Raptor performing a fly-by with its weapon bays doors open.
To perform its primary air-to-air role, the Raptor carries two AIM-9 Sidewinder infrared (heat seeking) air-to-air missiles in the side weapon bays and six AIM-120 AMRAAM radar-guided air-to-air missiles in the main weapon bays. Instead, to perform the air-to-ground mission the F-22 carries two 1,000 pound-class GBU-32 (or two 250-pound GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb in place of two AIM-120) Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), two AIM-120 (in the main weapon bays) and two AIM-9 missiles (in the side weapon bays).