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  • Chinese Espionage, Weapons Shift Asian Power Balance

    11/10/2014 10:09:13 AM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 10, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    Military Superiority: China's new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter could be the equal of our F-22s and F-35s, U.S. pilots say, and is just one of the weapons that may thwart America's "pivot" to the Pacific. The J-31, a fifth-generation stealth fighter, will make its official debut at the Zhuhai International Air Show Nov. 11-16 in southern China's Guangdong province. As one U.S. pilot with F-35 experience told USNI News of the J-31 and other new Chinese fighters: "I think they'll eventually be on par with our fifth-gen jets — as they should be, because industrial espionage is alive and well."...
  • U.S. Pilots Say New Chinese Stealth Fighter Could Become Equal of F-22, F-35

    11/05/2014 11:10:21 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 5, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    China’s new Shenyang J-31 stealth fighter — making its debut next week at the Zhuhai international airshow — could eventually become more than a match for American stealth fighters in battle, several U.S. military and industry officials told USNI News. The J-31 is China’s latest crack at developing a modern so-called fifth-generation stealth fighter — equivalent in ability to Lockheed Martin’s F-22 Raptor or F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter. “They’re still in the glossy brochure phase of development, so they still look ten feet tall and bulletproof,” one senior U.S. fighter pilot familiar with the F-35 program told USNI...
  • China's passive radar can detect US stealth fighters: Russian expert

    10/07/2014 2:39:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 10/07/2014
    China's DWL002 passive-detection system is capable of directing Chinese air defense systems against enemy stealth fighters, Vassily Kashin, a senior research fellow from the Moscow-based Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, told the Voice of Russia on Oct. 1. China has devoted huge resources to develop radar systems with the capability to intercept aircraft like the US F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters. The DWL002 was revealed to the public for the first time at the Ninth China International Defence Electronics Exhibition in Beijing in May. The system has a range of 500 kilometers and can detect, locate and track...
  • These may be the only F-22’s Achilles’ heels in a dogfight against 4th gen fighter jets

    09/30/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Dario Leone
    Considered almost unbeatable in the air-to-air role, the F-22 successfully debuted in combat, taking part in air strikes against ISIS targets. But what if the F-22 found a 4th Gen. opponent? Even though we donÂ’t know much details about them, missions flown by the F-22 Raptor over Syria marked the combat debut of the stealth jet. As already explained, the radar-evading planes conducted air strikes against ISIS ground targets, in what (considering the 5th Generation planeÂ’s capabilities) were probably Swing Role missions: the stealth jets flew ahead of the rest of the strike package to cover the other attack planes,...
  • F-22 Raptor Carried US Flag on Maiden Combat Mission Into Syria

    09/25/2014 7:50:35 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    ABC ^ | 9/25/14 | KELLY KLEBER
    One of the F-22 Raptor fighter jets that went on the fleet’s first ever combat mission in Syria carried an American flag into battle, according to a mid-air photograph snapped of the plane just after the mission. The photo was taken from an Air Force refueling plane as the next generation F-22 filled its tanks after its mission to strike a single Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) target in Syria – a mission the Air Force said was a “success.” A folded American flag can be seen in the cockpit, in front of the pilot, as reported by...
  • F-22’s Baptism of Fire Impresses Defense Experts

    09/25/2014 3:56:08 PM PDT · by lbryce · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sepember 25, 2014 | James Rogers
    The Air Force's costly and controversial new F-22 Raptor made its public debut during bombing runs over Syria earlier this week and defense experts said they were impressed by the first glimpse of its lethal firepower. “It seems to have been very successful – it was designed to have that ‘first night,’ precision strike capability,” Rebecca Grant, president of Washington D.C.-based defense research firm IRIS Independent Research, told “This proves that the F-22 is a viable combat aircraft and a good air-to-ground weapon.”
  • Obama Goes To War With Weapons He Scrapped (Raptors, Tomahawks)

    09/24/2014 6:20:01 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 24, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    National Defense: The president launches attacks on the Islamic State with two weapons systems that were targeted for elimination by the administration years before their usefulness ended or any replacements were ready. With the decision to launch air and missile strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria, in addition to ongoing strikes in Iraq in what is said to be the start of a long and sustained campaign to "degrade and destroy" the terrorist group, President Obama has stumbled upon a revelation: The military whose budgets he's slashed and weapons systems he opposed is suddenly quite useful. As the Washington...
  • Obama in 2009: F-22 Jets Used to Strike Syria 'Outdated and Unnecessary'

    09/23/2014 9:47:43 AM PDT · by Rufus2007 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 23, 2014 | Staff
    President Barack Obama dismissed the F-22 fighter jets used during Monday’s airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria as “outdated and unnecessary” in a speech on July 21, 2009. “I reject the notion that we have to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on outdated and unnecessary defense projects to keep this nation secure” Obama said. "That's why I'm grateful that the Senate just voted against an additional $1.75 billion to buy F-22 fighter jets that military experts and members of both parties say we do not need.” ...more (w/video)...
  • F-22 Used For The First Time in Combat.

    09/22/2014 8:37:22 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 96 replies ^ | Sept 22, 2014
    Fox news reported on TV that the F-22 was finally used in combat for the Syria/Iraq/ISIS airstrikes tonight.
  • US Air Force's F-22s & F-15s Just Battled One Of Their Most Feared Foes

    07/03/2014 8:34:08 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Foxtrot Alpha ^ | 6/27/2014 | Tyler Rogoway
    In what was one of the most outrageous Dissimilar Air Combat Training (DACT) opportunities of the decade, and the first time the F-22 Raptor made a SE Asia international exercise appearance, Cope Taufan brought the US and Malaysian air arms closer together in a wonderfully aggressive manner. Cope Taufan is a biennial exercise between Malaysia and the US, and it has grown over the past few evolutions to become one of the premier multinational air combat exercises in the hemisphere. For 2014, America's most capable air-to-air fighters were deployed to take part, and sending the Raptor to Malaysia fired a...
  • Ex-Pratt Worker Allegedly Tried To Ship F-35 Files To Iran

    01/16/2014 9:30:03 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 17 replies
    The Hartford Courant (CT) ^ | January 13, 2014 | BRIAN DOWLING
    Pratt & Whitney said Monday it is cooperating with authorities after federal agents arrested a former employee for trying to ship documents to Iran related to the U.S. military's Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The East Hartford defense contractor, the sole manufacturer of the aircraft's engine, declined to comment on how Mozaffar Khazaee, 59, slipped thousands of pages of documents, diagrams, blueprints and technical manuals out the door before he was laid off in August along with hundreds of other employees. Federal authorities arrested Khazaee at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Thursday before he could board a plane...
  • Air Force Seeks Laser Weapons for Next Generation Fighters

    11/20/2013 10:32:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | By: Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Air Force has released a new request for a high-powered laser weapon that could be mounted on a next-generation air dominance fighter in the post-2030 era. “The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments,” the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) said in a Request for Information document posted on FEDBIZOPPS last week. The AFRL is particularly interested in lasers that would be at technology readiness level four (TRL4) by October 2014. That means the...
  • Welsh: F-22 Flew to Drone's Rescue off Iran Coast

    09/19/2013 10:50:46 AM PDT · by Errant · 29 replies
    Military.Com ^ | 17 September, 2013 | Matthew Cox
    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Tuesday sketched out a dramatic tale of a lone F-22 Raptor chasing off Iranian fighter jets over the Arabian Gulf. The confrontation is the first publicized engagement involving the Air Force's most modern fighter and military forces of Iran. "When the combatant commander wants air power there is only one number to call," said Welsh, praising Lt. Col. Kevin "Showtime" Sutterfield. "Showtime is an Air Force Reservist … he flies the F-22. He flies it really well," Welso said.
  • Satellite Images Show Five New Stealth F-22s On US Base Near Iran

    05/24/2013 3:53:46 AM PDT · by Fennie · 61 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2013
    Even if we have often reported the presence of the F-22 Raptors at Al Dhafra, satellite imagery showing five radar evading planes parked at the main airbase in the UAE has been made publicly available for the first time recently. The aircraft, parked next to an F-15E Strike Eagle, are five of the six F-22 that had (more or less secretely) deployed in South East Asia from Holloman New Mexico, via Moron, Spain, on Apr. 20, 2012. The image is not only interesting because it shows the main U.S. Air Force plane about 100 miles from Iran, but also because...
  • Russian T-50 Fighter Jet to Start State Flight Test in 2014

    04/24/2013 2:30:20 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 23/04/2013
    Russian T-50 Fighter Jet to Start State Flight Test in 2014 MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) – Russia will start state flight tests of its fifth-generation T-50 fighter jet in 2014, United Aircraft Corporation's President Mikhail Pogosyan told reporters on Tuesday. “In 2013 we are expected to wrap up its preliminary tests and start operational testing. In 2014, we are planning to start official state tests,” Pogosyan said on Tuesday, adding "the first stage of the state trials should be complete by 2015." The test program involves six prototype airframes, including four flying, one static and one systems test airframe....
  • Barack Obama blames US Navy for increased North Korean tensions.

    04/07/2013 10:47:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/7/13 | Moe Lane
    Ever notice that this administration is only lightning-fast when it comes to shifting blame when things don’t work out perfectly? They practically left a vapor trail in their zeal to anonymously accuse the US military of being responsible for our tense situation with North Korea: So, it’s the Navy’s fault that the U.S.-North Korea spat has gone so far? That’s the apparent message from senior administration officials who, according to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, said that they had long planned to send B-52s, B-2 stealth bombers, and F-22 fighters to the Korean Peninsula as part of preplanned wargames...
  • US reportedly sends F-22 jets to join South Korea drills

    03/31/2013 4:58:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    US reportedly sends F-22 jets to join South Korea drills Published March 31, 2013 | The United States has reportedly sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to South Korea to join Seoul forces in military drills as North Korea warns the Korean Peninsula has entered "a state of war." The F-22 Raptors were deployed to Osan Air Base in South Korea from Japan on Sunday to support ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills, Reuters reports. North Korea has increased its threatening rhetoric in recent weeks, including vowing to launch a nuclear strike on Washington. In a statement released Sunday, U.S. military...
  • F-22’s Human Interface Kills Humans, Then Lands Them Safely

    02/24/2013 10:52:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 26 replies
    MIT ^ | February 24, 2013 | John Pavlus
    Think Windows 8 is a usability nightmare? Two pilots of the infamously expensive F-22 fighter jet recently went on 60 Minutes to describe how this “phenomenal, phenomenal machine” poisons its pilots’ air supply in the course of normal flight. But the plane is also smart enough to land itself with no help from its passed-out pilot. This is UX design by way of Brazil: the human interface is so bad that it actively tries to kill you the entire time you’re using it, and so good that it can deliver your comatose body back to safety with no help from...
  • F-22 Raptors need helmet-mounted cueing system to take full advantage of AIM-9X

    02/03/2013 12:36:06 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    Flight International ^ | 1 Feb 2013 | Dave Majumdar
    F-22 Raptors need helmet-mounted cueing system to take full advantage of AIM-9X Even after the US Air Force's fleet of Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor air superiority fighters starts receiving full Raytheon AIM-9X Sidewinder high off-boresight missle capability in 2017, the aircraft needs a helmet-mounted cueing system (HMCS) to use the weapon to its full potential. That is even taking into account the AIM-9X Block I and Block II's helmetless high off-boresight (HHOBS) capability. "Without a helmet, that means the missile will need a very tight cue from somewhere," one F-22 pilot says. "[That's] something that is not always available in...
  • Dennis Blair leading contender for NID

    11/24/2008 6:36:28 PM PST · by Chet 99 · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Retired Adm. Dennis Blair, the former commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, is surfacing as a leading contender for the director of national intelligence, sources say. The director oversees the nation’s intelligence activities and is the principal adviser to the president and his National Security Council. In addition to leading Pacific Command and filling several high-powered jobs within the military, Blair was the associate director of central intelligence for military support, coordinating intelligence and military operations during the Clinton administration. He retired from the Navy in 2002. Blair receives high marks from those in the defense and intelligence communities. “He...
  • F-22 crashes at Tyndall, pilot safe

    11/15/2012 5:18:05 PM PST · by Yo-Yo · 16 replies
    Flight International ^ | 11/15/12 | Stephen Trimble
    The US Air Force confirms that a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor crashed at 15:30 today as it was returning to Tyndall AFB, Florida. The pilot ejected "safely" from the F-22 and is being evaluated for injuires by base medical staff, the USAF says. Tyndall is an F-22 training base, but the pilot was not a student, the USAF confirms. The crash occurred about 0.4km (0.22nm) east of the drone runway at Tyndall and near Highway 98, which was closed briefly while hazardous materials units responded. It is the first F-22 crash since a fatal incident in November 2010 killed Captain...
  • The F-22 Acquisition Program: Consequences for the US Air Force's Fighter Fleet

    11/02/2012 9:05:23 PM PDT · by hattend · 15 replies
    Air and Space Power Journal ^ | Nov-Dec 2012 | Lt Col Christopher J. Niemi, USAF
    This article, which examines the F-22 program from a historical perspective, seeks to answer two questions. First, given the unprecedented age of today’s fighter fleet, why did the Air Force acquire just 187 F-22s? Second, how could alternative decisions during F-22 development have enabled the service to acquire larger numbers of these aircraft? In consideration of this historical analysis, the article then assesses the Air Force’s current efforts to transition to a fleet comprised entirely of fifth-generation fighters.
  • Fighter jets scramble over N.J. to intercept 2 planes violating no-fly zone

    09/25/2012 9:35:41 PM PDT · by jughandle · 15 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | 9/25/12 | Richard Khavkine
    SOMERSET — Two F-22 fighters were scrambled over Somerset County this morning to intercept two small planes whose pilots breached a temporary no-fly zone set up Monday over New Jersey and New York and lasting until this afternoon, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Federal Aviation Administration. The fighters intercepted the planes at about 11 a.m. after they entered the temporary no-fly zone and were out of out radio contact, the NORAD spokesman said.......
  • Romney wants to buy more F-22s

    09/11/2012 12:13:21 PM PDT · by InsidiousMongo · 47 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | 9/10/2012 | Michael Hoffman
    Romney wants to buy more F-22s By Michael Hoffman Monday, September 10th, 2012 5:54 pm Posted in Air, Election Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Saturday he would buy more F-22 Raptors as part of his plan to reverse many of the defense cuts planned by the Obama administration. Romney told a Virginia Beach, Va., television station he would not include the military in the spending cuts he is proposing to cut down the U.S. deficit. “Rather than completing nine ships per year, I’d move that up to 15. I’d also add F-22s to our Air Force fleet. And I’d...
  • Improvements to be added over F-22 oxygen problem

    08/01/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 1 replies
    CBS News ^ | 31 July 2012 | Staff
    (CBS News) A new valve to regulate oxygen flow to a pilot's inflatable vest could be the fix to help F-22 pilots overcome their feeling of disorientation due to lack of oxygen (or hypoxia), while flying, CBS News has learned. Correspondent David Martin reported Tuesday that Gen. Charles Lyon, the head of the task force investigating the cause of hypoxia in F-22 pilots, gave a briefing today which restated the Air Force's belief that they have identified the problem that was causing pilots to lose oxygen. Lyon believes the Air Force has found the cause -- an inflatable vest which...
  • F-22 Fighter Loses $79 Billion Advantage in Dogfights: Report

    07/31/2012 9:26:07 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 86 replies
    ABC News/Yahoo News ^ | 30 July 2012 | Lee Ferran
    The United States has spent nearly $80 billion to develop the most advanced stealth fighter jet in history, the F-22 Raptor, but the Air Force recently found out firsthand that while the planes own the skies at modern long-range air combat, it is "evenly matched" with cheaper, foreign jets when it comes to old-school dogfighting. The F-22 made its debut at the international Red Flag Alaska training exercise this June where the planes "cleared the skies of simulated enemy forces and provided security for Australian, German, Japanese, Polish and [NATO] aircraft," according to an after-action public report by the Air...
  • Pentagon OKs plan to lift F-22 flight restrictions

    07/24/2012 1:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kristina Wong
    The Pentagon announced Tuesday changes the Air Force will make to mitigate hypoxia-like symptoms experienced by some pilots flying F-22s, and a phased approach to lifting flight restrictions implemented earlier this year. To fix the air supply problem and reduce the incidents of hypoxia-like events, the Air Force has made two changes to the aircraft’s cockpit life support system, Defense Press Secretary George Little said. First, the Air Force will replace a valve in the upper pressure garment vest worn by pilots during high-altitude missions. The valve was causing the vest to inflate, and remain inflated under conditions where it...
  • Hawaii Air National Guard F-22 pilot has brief oxygen deficit; lands safely, cleared for duty

    07/11/2012 7:51:14 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 10, 2012 | AP
    The Hawaii Air National Guard said Tuesday one of its pilots briefly experienced an oxygen deficit while flying an F-22 stealth fighter last week. The pilot was heading back to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from a routine training sortie when sensors indicated he wasn’t getting as much oxygen as he should, said Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, a spokesman for the Hawaii Guard. The pilot also felt dizzy. He activated the emergency oxygen system until his symptoms abated and the plane’s oxygen generating system returned to normal. The pilot landed safely after Friday’s incident, the first time a Hawaii F-22 pilot...
  • IN FOCUS: German Eurofighters impress during Red Flag debut

    07/03/2012 8:18:59 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Flight International ^ | 07/03/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: German Eurofighters impress during Red Flag debut  Print By: Dave Majumdar Washington DC 16 hours ago Source: The German air force's Fighter Wing 74 (JG74) brought eight of its ­Eurofighter combat aircraft to a Red Flag-Alaska exercise at Eielson AFB in Alaska ­during June, representing its first ever such deployment. For the Luftwaffe, participation in the war games was needed to certify its Eurofighters for their NATO reaction force participation this November, says Col Andreas Pfeiffer, commander of JG74. The exercise was also aimed at helping to prepare the unit for a NATO force evaluation in March...
  • Did China Get Plans for Our Semi-Secret F-22 Raptor And Copy It? See the Alleged Pictures

    06/04/2012 11:38:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/14/12 | Liz Klimas
    Last week, the blog China Defense posted two photos, nearly identical, with only one line of text: “Just in case you might get confused, only one bird below is the J-20.” The J-20 stealth fighter is the creation of the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group for the People’s Liberation Army in China. About a year and a half ago, the People’s Liberation Army conducted its first tests of the aircraft, which is expected to be fully operational sometime between 2017 and 2019.
  • Critics wonder: Could the F-22's skin be the problem?

    05/27/2012 7:09:17 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    stars and Stripes ^ | May 27, 2012 | By HUGH LESSIG
    The Air Force says its F-22 Raptor brings something to the battle that no other U.S. jet fighter can match: Its ability to evade radar through stealth technology. But now critics are offering up a troubling hypothesis: Could the very materials that make the Raptor stealthy be contributing to problems of dizziness and disorientation that some pilots have experienced in the cockpit? Air Force investigators are looking into the possibility that toxic substances are infiltrating the pilot's air supply. That's one of their main theories. The other is that pilots are simply not getting enough oxygen. Pierre Sprey, who was...
  • America’s aging aviation force: Father, son flew same fighter jet 30 years apart

    05/18/2012 8:14:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/18/2012 | Rob Bluey
    Dave Deptula, a retired three-star general, knows the risks associated with flying older aircraft. While serving as the joint task force commander in 1998 and 1999 for Operation Northern Watch, Deptula flew 82 combat missions over Iraq. On one mission, as he was headed to a tanker to refuel, the master caution light came on, revealing a problem with the plane. His fuel gauge went to zero. Meanwhile, he was 500 miles away from his base. Fortunately, he was able to land safely.“The insulation was so old it simply had deteriorated to the extent where it came off and all...
  • F-22 Ground Crew Suffered Hypoxia-Like Symptoms

    05/11/2012 10:53:04 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 25 replies
    Defensetech ^ | May 9, 2012 | Defensetech
    Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s announcement by the Air Force that it thinks the hypoxia-like symptoms suffered by F-22 Raptor pilots may be caused by the jets high-altitude performance, reports are emerging that ground crew are also suffering from similar ailments when they stand near the jet while it’s engines are running. Interesting. At least five ground maintainers complained of illness between September and December, Air Combat Command spokesman Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis said in an Air Force Times article that hit the newsstands Monday. The maintainers grew sick after breathing in ambient air during ground engine runs, a...
  • F-22 Raptor pilots make problems public

    05/11/2012 9:41:05 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The Air Force late last month convened a summit in Ohio to address the most vexing problem of its premier jet fighter — pilots becoming dizzy from oxygen deprivation while flying the supersonic F-22 Raptor. Scientists, manufacturers and Raptor pilots at Wright-PattersonAir Force Base brainstormed on why aviators — 25 to date — are returning from missions suffering from hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. “It was an update on where we were at,” said Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis, a spokesman for the Air Force Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base. “We’re kind of closing in on some ideas.” The...
  • Obama Hollows Out Military: Tanks For The Memories

    05/04/2012 5:44:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 4, 2012
    The Obama Record: The president's defense strategy creates a hollow force and worsens our readiness crisis. Big cuts mean weakening the military's ability to fulfill its constitutional duty to provide for the common defense. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called the president's victory lap in Afghanistan on the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the Navy SEALs "an attempt to shore up his national security credentials, because he has spent the past three years gutting our military." Indeed he has. "He cut the F-22, future combat...
  • US Military Drills Day One After Strike On Iran, Deploys F-22s To Gulf

    05/03/2012 2:01:27 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 14 replies ^ | May 4, 2012 (Middle East) |
    US Navy, Air Force, ground, intelligence and special forces units based at home, in Europe and the Middle East, took part this week in a special exercise ordered by President Barack Obama to simulate reactions to a potential US-Israel strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, debkafile’s exclusive military and Washington sources report. Sunday, April 22, the US also transferred a number of advanced stealth F-22 fighter bombers, believed to be from the 302nd Fighter Squadron 302, from the joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska to the Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. According to our sources, the F-22 jets...
  • Lockheed Martin Delivers Final, Historic F-22 Raptor To U.S. Air Force (#195)

    05/02/2012 12:22:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/2/12 | PRNewswire
    MARIETTA, Ga., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] leadership delivered today the 195th and last F-22 Raptor to U.S. Air Force leadership in a ceremony at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site here. With this delivery, the U.S. Air Force now possesses the world's only 5th generation stealth fighter aircraft fleet in the world. ... A host of distinguished officials participated in this monumental event, including senior leaders from Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force; local, state and national elected officials; and Lockheed Martin employees who helped build the F-22 Raptor fleet. This final Raptor joins a...
  • F-22 Pilots Don’t Want to Fly the F-22

    05/01/2012 11:25:46 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 1, 2012 | Sam Biddle
    Not exactly a grand gesture of confidence: some of the US Air Force's airmen, the world's most elite, want nothing to do with the Air Force's "elite" new fighter. Why? Because the only people it's threatening are its own pilots. ABC News reports, shockingly, that the admission came from within the Air Force itself—the Pentagon isn't usually a font of mea culpas: Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va., told reporters that a "very small" number of pilots have asked not to fly the fifth-generation fighter jets or to be reassigned.
  • Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems

    05/01/2012 4:14:38 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2012
    Air Force leader says some pilots want to avoid F-22 because of oxygen-deficit problems HAMPTON, Virginia – Some of America's 200 F-22 Raptor pilots want to be moved into other jobs because of oxygen-deficit problems with the stealth fighter, an Air Force leader said Monday. Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, told reporters that a "very small" number of pilots have asked not to fly the fifth-generation fighter jets or to be reassigned. "Obviously it's a very sensitive thing because we are trying ensure that the community fully understands all that...
  • Reports: DOD (Hussein) deploys F-22 fighters near Iranian border

    04/27/2012 3:39:43 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Carlo Munoz
    Reports: DOD deploys F-22 fighters near Iranian borderBy Carlo Munoz - 04/27/12 04:00 PM ET As tensions continue to rise between Washington and Tehran, the White House upped the ante this month by sending a squadron of advanced U.S. fighters to Iran's doorstep. The Air Force has reportedly begun rotating a squadron of F-22 Raptors to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates. UAE is directly to the south of the Iranian coastline, separated by the Straits of Hormuz. Aviation Week first reported the details of the Raptor deployments. Air Force spokesman Capt. Phil Ventura would not confirm...
  • New US Stealth Fighters Now At Iran's Back Door

    04/27/2012 5:15:43 PM PDT · by edpc · 28 replies
    ABC via Yahoo News. ^ | 27 April 2012 | Lee Ferran
    America's most sophisticated stealth jet fighters have been quietly deployed to an allied base less than 200 miles from Iran's mainland, according to an industry report, but the Air Force adamantly denied the jets' presence is a threat to the Middle East nation. Multiple stealth F-22 Raptors, which have never been combat-tested, are in hangars at the United Arab Emirates' Al Dafra Air Base, just a short hop over the Persian Gulf from Iran's southern border, the trade publication Aviation Week reported.
  • F-22 scientific board findings announced pilot safety is priority

    04/04/2012 12:20:08 AM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    USAF Web Site ^ | 3/30/2012 | Mitch Gettle
    Air Force leaders provided an update on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board study into the F-22 Raptor life support systems and flight operations during a briefing in the Pentagon March 29. Retired Gen. Gregory Martin, an aviator and a former commander of two major commands, chaired the nine member SAB team which studied the aircrafts' on-board oxygen generation systems and briefed its findings and recommendations in trying to determine a root cause for pilots experiencing unexplained physiological events with the F-22 Raptor. "From April 2008 until May 2011, the Air Force experienced 14 physiological incidents with the fleet of...
  • Latest F-22 upgrade brings ability to jam enemy radars

    04/03/2012 12:35:07 AM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/3/2012 | David Mujumdar
    This year, the US Air Force started fielding the Increment 3.1 upgrade to its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor fleet. The modifications add a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) capability to the fighter's Northrop Grumman APG-77 radar, plus electronic attack, better geo-location capabilities to find enemy radars and the ability to carry eight 113kg (250lb) small diameter bombs (SDBs), for use in pairs against four ground targets. Introduction of an SAR mode will assist during the manual targeting process, which is an improvement over the previous Increment 2 configuration's use of two 454kg Joint Direct Attack Munition satellite-corrected, inertially guided bombs against...
  • IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history

    04/02/2012 5:58:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | 04/02/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    IN FOCUS: End of F-22 production closes chapter in eventful history On 14 March, a lone Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor took to the skies over Georgia on a test flight. It was the last of 187 aircraft ordered by the US Air Force. The USAF had originally wanted 750 of the stealthy fifth-generation fighters, but a political debate over the very nature of aerial warfare in the 21st century ultimately sealed its fate. The debate started in the halls of the Pentagon in the wake of the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan around 2004 and came to a head...
  • Raptors for the Long Haul

    04/01/2012 8:30:26 PM PDT · by U-238 · 2 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Marc V. Schanz
    The Air Force and Lockheed Martin have a plan to make the most of the F-22 fleet. As always, money will be an issue. By the end of next month, the last F-22 Raptor built—tail No. 4195—should complete final checkout tests, take off from Lockheed Martin’s plant at Marietta, Ga., and fly to its new home at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Lt. Col. Paul D. Moga, once Air Combat Command’s F-22 demonstration pilot, and now commander of the 525th Fighter Squadron at Elmendorf, will fly it there. As that last delivery flight takes place, the Air Force will confront a long...
  • F-22 crash prompts lawsuit by pilot's widow

    03/13/2012 5:22:55 PM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 12 replies
    Flight International ^ | March 13, 2012 | Dave Majumdar
    The wife of deceased US Air Force F-22 Raptor pilot Captain Jeff "Bong" Haney is suing contractors Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt and Whitney and Honeywell in connection with the 16 November 2010 crash that took his life. The complaint was filed on 5 March 2012 in a court in Cook County, Illinois, by Michael Demetrio, a lawyer representing Anna Haney. The lawsuit seeks compensation, which would be chosen by the court, for Haney and her two daughters Ava and Stella Rose under the Wrongful Death Act. Prime contractor Lockheed is responsible for the overall production of the Raptor, but Boeing...
  • USAF vows to discover root cause of Raptor's maladies

    03/31/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT · by U-238 · 27 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/29/2012 | Dave Majumdar
    A US Air Force Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) panel investigating a series of hypoxia-like incidents afflicting pilots flying the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor has not discovered what is causing the problem, but service officials vow they will find the root cause. "I am convinced there is a root cause," says Maj Gen Charles Lyon, Air Combat Command's (ACC) director of operations. "I want everyone to know--particularly those who operate it and their families--we will not rest until we find that root cause." The USAF is continuing to test the F-22's life-support systems to try to determine what is still causing...
  • AF-Navy collaborate to find answers on hypoxia

    03/25/2012 8:24:53 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | 3/25/2012 | Barrie Barber
    The Air Force and the Navy have combined research into a perplexing problem that may have vexed both services in the skies. The U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Naval Medical Research Unit, next door to each other at Wright-Patterson, have linked research for hypoxia — incidents that may have caused a lack of oxygen to reach pilots during some flights in the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor stealth fighter and the Navy’s F-18, military leaders said. “We had what we believe was a common issue,” said Capt. Rita Simmons, executive officer of the Naval Medical Research Unit....
  • USAF fields first upgraded F-22 Raptors

    03/23/2012 7:27:03 PM PDT · by U-238 · 17 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/23/2012 | Dave Mujumdar
    The US Air Force has begun to deploy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors upgraded with enhanced air-to-ground strike capabilities to the operational fleet, starting with the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. "The 525th Fighter Squadron was the first Combat Air Forces squadron to receive an [Increment] 3.1 modified aircraft," says squadron commander Lt Col Paul "Max" Moga. "The capabilities this incremental upgrade brings are a complete game-changer for the F-22, making it even more lethal and survivable in combat." The unit's flagship, tail number 4115, is the first aircraft to be equipped with the modifications, which add a...
  • F-22 fighter jets retrofitted after Alaska crash

    03/21/2012 4:18:43 PM PDT · by U-238 · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/2010 | Associated Press
    Air Force is replacing handles that engage the F-22 Raptor fighter jet's emergency oxygen system after pilots reported feeling lightheaded and the death of a captain whose $143 million aircraft took a nosedive into a mountain range in Alaska. Capt. Jeffrey Haney was killed in November 2010 during a night mission about 100 miles north of Anchorage. An accident investigation found that the plane's controls and switches contributed to the crash, particularly an emergency oxygen system activation ring on the back edge of the ejection seat. The report found that the two-step process to manually activate the system required the...