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F-22 Lightning 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is F-22 Lightning 3?
F-22 Lightning 3 is a flight combat simulator that features the exciting characteristics of the world's most advanced fighter airplane. F-22 Lightning 3 delivers electrifying gameplay through an intuitive interface that allows players of all skill levels to jump-in and experience the fantastic thrill of modern jet combat. In addition to its gripping single-player campaigns, F-22 Lightning 3 also offers the most intense online multiplayer combat through NovaWorld featuring large-scale battles and state-of-the-art Voice-Over-NetTM communication.

Q: When will F-22 Lightning 3 be available?
Lightning 3 is scheduled to hit store shelves in May, 1999

Q: What are the multiplayer capabilities in F-22 Lightning 3?
On NovaWorld, players will be able to join in games with over 120 people. Multiplayer game types will include both human vs. human and cooperative play modes.

Q: What types of new weapons will Lightning 3 have?
F-22 Lightning 3 now has the capability to carry tactical nuclear weapons. Pilots will be able to witness spectacular explosive effects when they launch the most destructive ordinance ever developed for a combat fighter.

Q: What is Voice-Over-NetTM technology?
is a proprietary NovaLogic technology that allows users to talk to each other in real-time during multiplayer combat. Players will be able to use their standard Internet connection and computer's microphone to communicate much like a standard telephone. Like real pilots, players will use a "push-to-talk" interface where they must simply hold down a key or joystick button while talking to let other player(s) hear them.

Q: Will F-22 Lightning 3 have weather effects?
Lightning 3 will have the most advanced weather effects ever offered in a flight combat sim. Players will be able to fly in and out of areas of concentrated rain, snow, hail and wind. As in actual flight, ambient temperature will play a tremendous role in the performance of the aircraft.

Q: How sophisticated is the Flight Model?
NovaLogic employs actual test pilots of the F-22 to develop the most powerful flight model available.Sophisticated flight sim users will love exploring the edges of the dynamic flight envelope while novice users will appreciate the multitude of new "Auto" feature options that promise perfect take-offs and landings at the touch of a key.

Q: What kinds of video support will F-22 Lightning 3 offer?
While 3D cards are not required, F-22 Lightning 3 is scheduled to support an extensive array of 3D hardware including both Glide and Direct 3D technologies. Additionally, the following resolutions will be available (your video card MUST be able support them:) System Requirements

Q: Will F-22 Lightning 3 have Force Feedback support?

Q: Is MMX required to play F-22 Lightning 3?
MMX is required if you do not have a 3D accelerator.

Tech Specs

As the first and only 5th generation air dominance fighter, the F-22 was conceived to replace the aging F-15 Eagle. Built for speed, stealth and power, the F-22 ensures air superiority for decades to come. Its advanced avionics suite provides unprecedented situational awareness, allowing the pilot to concentrate on the mission, rather than on managing the sensors.

The F-22 utilizes twin Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 35,000-pound-thrust engines to Supercruise (achieve supersonic operation without afterburner). This burns fuel more efficiently allowing the F-22 to stay up longer and produce less IR emission. With advanced two-dimensional thrust-vectoring engine nozzles, integrated flight propulsion controls and a large lifting area, the F-22 displays unprecedented maneuverability.

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Built with the same modern stealth technology as the B2 Stealth Bomber, the F-22 is nearly invisible to most current radar systems. Superior structural design, including advanced composites, radar-absorbing materials and internal stores, makes the F-22s radar profile a thousand times smaller than most fighter aircraft. Combined with the computing power equivalent of two Cray supercomputers, the F-22 gives its pilot the formidable first-look, first-shot, first-kill advantage. Capable of firing advanced medium-ranged missiles and executing precision ground attacks, including the devastating B61 thermonuclear bomb, the F-22 is completely unmatched in the fighter combat arena.



Type: Air to Ground Ballistic Ordnance
Display Mode: CCIP

The B61 is one of the most devastating weapons of mass destruction known to man. This 10-Kiloton bomb is capable of decimating everything within a 3 mile radius of the detonation point. The bomb utilizes a 24-foot Nylon/Kevlar-29 ribbon parachute to rapidly slow its descent, allowing the F-22 to get to a safe distance during the low altitude detonation. Use of this weapon is prohibited unless express orders are given. Unauthorized use of a nuclear weapon will result in immediate mission failure.


Type: Anti-Radar Missile
Range: 25 nautical miles

An improvement on the radar homing AGM-45 Shrike, the AGM-88 HARM (High Speed Anti-Radiation Missile) excels at attacking Surface to Air Missile (SAM) Sites. To strike without warning, the propulsion system of the HARM is capable of Mach 3 with a far range of 25 nautical miles. Unlike the Shrike, the HARM will resort to a backup navigation system in the event of the target disengaging its radar.


Type: Joint Direct Attack Munition
Range: 8 nautical miles

The JDAM is a superior guidance system attached to either the GBU-31 1,000-lb. bomb or GBU-32 2,000-lb. bomb. The all-weather guidance system for the JDAM unit relies on internal sensors, gyroscopes and Global Positioning System (GPS) data, transmitted from a satellite. The JDAM flight system uses this data to move control surfaces on the bomb, allowing it to glide to its target without input from the F-22. The JDAM can achieve impressive accuracy with this system, usually planting the bomb within three meters of the computed impact point


Type: Air to Ground Ballistic Ordnance

The BLU-109 is an unguided, improved performance 2,000-lb. bomb. The dumb bomb features a high-strength forged steel case and an advanced delayed-action tail fuze. Highly effective against hardened structures, the BLU-109 carries 550 pounds of high explosives and is capable of penetrating over six feet of reinforced concrete

AIM-9M Sidewinder

Type: Air to Air Heat Seeking Missile
Range: 6 nautical miles

Developed to counter the threat of hostile air forces and advanced air defense systems, the F-22 is currently preparing to enter active duty in 2005. By the year 2013, the United States Air Force will have in service 339 F-22 air dominance fighters. When ready, the F-22 will easily be the best front-line fighter in the world.

The AIM-9M (Aerial Intercept Missile) is nicknamed the Sidewinder due to the peculiar back-and-forth motion it makes when tracking a target. The infrared guidance head enables the missile to home on the target aircrafts engine exhaust. The F-22s internal radar acquires the target, then feeds that information to the seeker head as the missile is released from the internal storage bays. Alternatively, by pressing SCROLL LOCK the Sidewinder can go uncaged (outside the storage bays) and use its own seeker head to acquire targets. This method decreases lock-on time at the expense of stealth. The AIM-9M is an all-aspect missile, meaning that it can track a target from any angle.

Type: Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile
Range: 24 nautical miles

The AIM-120 AMRAAM is a high-supersonic, day/night/all weather Beyond Visual Range (BVR), fire-and-forget air-to-air missile. Although it relies on the F-22s internal AN/APG-77 radar to acquire targets, it can track them all on its own. Shortly after launch, an independent radar system in the missiles nose takes over the tracking task and guides the missile to its target, leaving the pilot free to concentrate on other targets. Housed in a light-weight structure of steel and titanium, the AMRAAM contains a 40-pound high-explosive warhead.



Type: 6 barreled Gatling Cannon
Range: under 2 nautical miles

The F-22 carries the General Electric M61A2 20mm Vulcan six-barreled gun. The A2 version is a lighter weight version of the M61A1 gun carried by the F-15 and F-16. The M61A2 comes with 480 rounds of ammunition and has a fire rate of nearly 6,000 rounds per minute. This high rate of fire produces a tight shot-group which virtually guarantees multiple hits from a single burst.


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