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F 22 RAPTOR LIKELY TO MAKE APPEARANCE IN AERO INDIA 2011
The Indian Express ^

Posted on 01/24/2011 8:04:41 PM PST by STARSCREAM1987

The world’s most advanced combat aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, is likely to make a rare appearance outside the US during the upcoming Aero India show in Bangalore next month. This will be the first appearance of the stealth fighter, which is also the only operational fifth generation fighter aircraft in the world, in India and its third participation at an international air show. Final details are being worked out by the US, but sources said that two of the fighters are set to be flown in for the air show that begins on February 9 and will be showcased as a static display. Defence Ministry officials confirmed that the fighter is likely to make its Indian debut at the air show, making the latest edition of the Aero India the grandest ever. While it was inducted into the US military in 2005 , the stealth aircraft has rarely been seen outside its country and has made appearances only at limited air shows, the first being at Farnborough in 2008. According to a release by the US State department, the only other participation has been at an air show in Chile last year. However, the fighter has also carried out flying demonstrations at the Dubai air show. Its participation at the Aero India would take it up by several notches in the international order of air shows. While the F-22 Raptor’s appearance will be a last minute surprise, it has been speculated that the recent Indian contract to purchase fifth generation fighters from Russia and the first flight of the Chinese fifth generation fighter, J 20 , could have had some influence on the decision. As of now, US legislation prevents the sale of the F-22 to any foreign nation, including close allies such as Japan. The F-22 would be the most anticipated participant at the Aero India, but this year’s air show will see close to 100 aircraft participating, a number that has never been achieved before. In comparison, during the last show in 2009 , less than 50 aircraft took part. Other notable participants will be the Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, F/A 18 , F 16 and the Saab Gripen. The biggest participant will be the US that is bringing in several aircraft, including 10 fighters, the C 17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and the WC 130 J Weatherbird. A notable absentee in this year’s show will be the Russian MiG 35 that is unlikely to come even though it is one of the six contenders for the IAF’s MMRCA programme .


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f22raptor; india; usa

1 posted on 01/24/2011 8:04:45 PM PST by STARSCREAM1987
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To: STARSCREAM1987
YIKES! Alex, can I buy a PPh?

In the meantime, since it is milcraft night on FR, here is a shot of the very cool and effective F-22 Raptor:


2 posted on 01/24/2011 8:08:40 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: ErnstStavroBlofeld

Milcraft ping


3 posted on 01/24/2011 8:10:15 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Nothing sharpens the mind like not being able to get a job. /Nonstatist)
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To: STARSCREAM1987

4 posted on 01/24/2011 8:19:11 PM PST by JRios1968 (This is me, in a nutshell: "Let me out of here...I'm trapped in a nutshell!!!!")
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To: Jet Jaguar

Raptor ping.


5 posted on 01/24/2011 8:25:27 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: STARSCREAM1987

Another post by the same person of the same story.

Wazzupwitdat?


6 posted on 01/24/2011 8:31:06 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: STARSCREAM1987

Rafale,Eurofighter,Gripen NG,LCA Tejas and now F 22 ... well the russians should cook some thing fast before the Americans do lol.


7 posted on 01/24/2011 8:42:41 PM PST by STARSCREAM1987
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To: STARSCREAM1987
The world’s most advanced combat aircraft, the F-22 Raptor, is likely to make a rare appearance outside the US during the upcoming Aero India show in Bangalore next month. This will be the first appearance of the stealth fighter, which is also the only operational fifth generation fighter aircraft in the world, in India and its third participation at an international air show.

Final details are being worked out by the US, but sources said that two of the fighters are set to be flown in for the air show that begins on February 9 and will be showcased as a static display. Defence Ministry officials confirmed that the fighter is likely to make its Indian debut at the air show, making the latest edition of the Aero India the grandest ever.

While it was inducted into the US military in 2005, the stealth aircraft has rarely been seen outside its country and has made appearances only at limited air shows, the first being at Farnborough in 2008. According to a release by the US State department, the only other participation has been at an air show in Chile last year. However, the fighter has also carried out flying demonstrations at the Dubai air show. Its participation at the Aero India would take it up by several notches in the international order of air shows.

While the F-22 Raptor’s appearance will be a last minute surprise, it has been speculated that the recent Indian contract to purchase fifth generation fighters from Russia and the first flight of the Chinese fifth generation fighter, J 20, could have had some influence on the decision. As of now, US legislation prevents the sale of the F-22 to any foreign nation, including close allies such as Japan.

The F-22 would be the most anticipated participant at the Aero India, but this year’s air show will see close to 100 aircraft participating, a number that has never been achieved before. In comparison, during the last show in 2009, less than 50 aircraft took part. Other notable participants will be the Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, F/A 18, F 16 and the Saab Gripen.

The biggest participant will be the US that is bringing in several aircraft, including 10 fighters, the C 17 Globemaster III transport aircraft and the WC 130 J Weatherbird. A notable absentee in this year’s show will be the Russian MiG 35 that is unlikely to come even though it is one of the six contenders for the IAF’s MMRCA programme.

8 posted on 01/24/2011 8:45:04 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: freedumb2003

Thanks for the Ping. I guess we are showing our colors in front of China.


9 posted on 01/24/2011 8:45:41 PM PST by ErnstStavroBlofeld
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