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  • Why the plane loss at Tindall AFB ? (Vanity)

    10/16/2018 3:16:15 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies
    10/16/2018 | Me
    I am no military vet, so this is perhaps a naive question - A number of planes at Tindall were left on base and suffered partial or full damage. Some were F22's, no small loss. Why were not all planes flown out the day before when it was obvious this was going to be ground zero for Hurricane Michael or near it? Were they hanger queens and not flight ready? Or were there not the crews ready to fly them out? It seems strange to me so many flying assets were left back.
  • Hurricane Michael Mangled at Least 17 F-22 Raptors That Failed to Flee Their Base

    10/16/2018 2:01:55 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 129 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 10/15/2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    The U.S. Air Force is assessing what damage more than a dozen F-22 Raptor fighters suffered when Tyndall Air Force Base sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Michael. Up to $2 billion in fighter jets were trapped on the ground because of maintenance issues and forced to ride out the Category 4 hurricane. Photographs show the hangars where F-22s were parked suffered severe damage. First, the good news: Although Tyndall Air Force Base took a hard hit from the hurricane, all 3,600 military personnel and their families living on the base were successfully evacuated beforehand. The 93 Air Force personnel...
  • Here’s The F-22 Production Restart Study The USAF Has Kept Secret For Over A Year

    05/05/2018 3:02:59 PM PDT · by PIF · 55 replies
    The War Zone ^ | May 4, 2018 | By Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick
    We finally see the study that was oddly classified on arrival and it has new relevance based on Japan's desire for a new stealth fighter. Finally, in early 2016, the debate surrounding the need for more F-22s came to a head and study was mandated by Congress for the USAF to research what putting the super-fighter back into production would take. That study was finished in late 2016 with some of its findings openly discussed, but the document itself remained classified, until now. Snip The total procurement cost would be between $40 and $42 billion, with the entire program costing...
  • Exclusive: Lockheed Martin to propose stealthy hybrid of F-22 and F-35 for Japan - sources

    04/22/2018 4:41:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    The decision on whether to release parts of the highly classified aircraft designs and software to help Japan stay ahead of Chinese advances will test President Donald Trump’s promise to overhaul his country’s arms export policy. The proposed aircraft “would combine the F-22 and F-35 and could be superior to both of them,” said one of the sources. Japan, which is already buying the radar-evading F-35 to modernize its inventory, also wants to introduce a separate air superiority fighter in the decade starting 2030 to deter intrusions into its airspace by Chinese and Russian jets. The country’s air force currently...
  • Lockheed Should Restart the Raptor Line If Japan Wants An F-22-F-35 Hybrid

    04/20/2018 7:34:41 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 24 replies
    The Drive ^ | APRIL 20, 2018 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Reuters has published a report that came as little surprise to us at The War Zone regarding Tokyo's interest in having Japanese industry work with Lockheed Martin to develop a semi-indigenous fighter that combines the best attributes of the F-35 Lightning and F-22 Raptor. The Reuters report states in part: "Lockheed has discussed the idea with Japanese defense ministry officials and will make a formal proposal in response to a Japanese request for information (RFI) after it receives permission from the U.S. government to offer the sensitive military technology, said the sources, who have direct knowledge of the proposal. The...
  • The F-22 and F-35 Are America's Best Fighters (but They Can't Communicate)

    04/14/2018 1:59:33 PM PDT · by BBell · 14 replies
    http://nationalinterest.org/ ^ | 4/7/18 | Paul Szoldra
    The Air Force plans to start fixing the problem by 2021, according to Bloomberg. It will probably cost a fortune, so if you have the means, it may be good to check out some Lockheed stock. The F-35 Lightning II jet can’t communicate all that well with its little brother the F-22 Raptor. Because of course it can’t. Just like a government-built round peg that’s supposed to go into a square hole, the F-22’s communications systems can’t send its “most sensitive data” to other planes besides other F-22s since they are different from everything else, including the F-35, according to...
  • Air Showdown: America's F-22 & F-35 Stealth Fighters vs. Russia's S-400 (Who Wins?)

    04/09/2018 12:49:58 PM PDT · by Mariner · 33 replies
    The National Interest ^ | April 9th, 2018 | Dave Majumdar
    Russian air defenses may appear formidable as part of Moscow’s increasingly sophisticated anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) capability, but areas protected by these systems are far from impenetrable bubbles or 'Iron Domes’ as some analysts have called them. While it is true that a layered and integrated air defense may effectively render large swaths of airspace too costly—in terms of men and materiel—to attack using conventional fourth generation warplanes such as the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet or Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcon, these systems have an Achilles’ Heel. Russian air defenses will still struggle to effectively engage fifth-generation stealth aircraft such as...
  • Russian ASF General Explains How Pilots Chased Away US F-22 “Raptor” Without Triggering World War

    Last night the world was close to a military confrontation between two nuclear powers, Russia and the U.S. In an incredibly dangerous incident in the skies over Syria, an American F-22, which is called a stealth fighter, fired what we now know to be warning flares at our attack aircraft Su-25 at close range.
  • US F-22 Raptors fire flares, chase Russian fighters out of deconfliction zone over Syria

    12/14/2017 11:10:38 AM PST · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/14/2017 | by Jamie McIntyre
    A pair of U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighters fired flares to chase two Russian Su-25 fighter jets out of restricted airspace over Syria on Wednesday, a Pentagon official confirmed Thursday. The aerial encounter occurred when the Russian jets strayed into airspace east of the Euphrates River, putting them on the wrong side of a "deconfliction zone" established between Moscow and Washington to avoid confrontation in the skies over Syria. The Russian jets immediately left the area after the intercept and warning flares from the F-22s, an official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The Pentagon could not provide an...
  • Mysterious double 'sonic booms' heard over secretive military base Area 51 spark claims...

    12/07/2017 2:51:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/7/17 | Harry Pettit
    Double sonic booms heard over secretive military base Area 51 has sparked claims the CIA is hiding alien technology at the top secret site.Footage has surfaced of two loud thumping sounds as a pair of F-22 fighter jets fly over the secretive base.Conspiracy theorists claim the sonic booms show the CIA is secretly testing alien technology or hypersonic aircraft.A clip posted to YouTube by UFO Seekers, taken in the Nevada desert near where Area 51 is based, shows the F-22 craft cut across the sky at speeds of up to 1,500 mph (2,400 kph).
  • Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - ...

    08/14/2017 1:59:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 08-14-2017 | By Julian Robinson
    Full Title: Russia unveils new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets - and boasts that they will be the envy of air forces around the world Russia has unveiled its new fleet of 'invisible' supersonic fighter jets, boasting that they are already the envy of air forces around the world. The £120million Sukhoi-57, which will have a top speed of 1,615 mph, is said to rival America's F-22 and China's Chengdu J-20, Kremlin officials say the fifth-generation stealth jet has been 'christened like a baby after its birth' as Su-57 and will undergo another year of testing before it enters...
  • F-22 Now Has AIM-9X But Still No Helmet Mounted Display To Use With It

    03/30/2017 8:24:29 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Drive ^ | MARCH 29, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    The USAF is quick to tout that the F-22 Raptor fleet has been finally upgraded to use the AIM-9X Sidewinder—a long awaited move that will allow the most advanced air superiority fighter in the world to ditch the relatively ancient AIM-9M version of the iconic short-range air-to-air missile. But even with this new capability, F-22 pilots still lack a helmet mounted display (HMD) to take advantage of the missile's high-off boresight (HOBS) abilities, and there doesn't seem to be much talk about fixing this long standing deficiency in the near term. You can read all about the F-22's short-range missile...
  • USAF Looks To Retire The F-15C Eagle And Replace It With Upgraded F-16s

    03/22/2017 6:44:03 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 55 replies
    The Drive ^ | March 22, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    This startling news came during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the current state of the U.S. Air Force. Chairman Joe Wilson asked right out of the gate about a previously unknown USAF plan to retire the F-15C/D Eagle fleet and replace them with F-16s. The subject of the question itself seemed to be big news to the committee with Congresswoman Vikki Hartzler later asking about what upgrades the F-15C/D was going to get so it could meet modern threats. Obviously the answer is not many if the Air Force is going to retire the jets in the relatively...
  • MC-130J refuel two F-22 Raptor jets, on the ground, at a Forward Air Refueling Point (shortened)

    03/03/2017 7:22:13 AM PST · by Freeport · 15 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | Mar 02 2017 | David Cenciotti
    Did you know F-22 Raptor stealth jets can be refueled by a Special Operations MC-130J tanker on the ground?
  • Air Force investing $12B in F-15s

    09/07/2016 7:55:34 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 43 replies
    CNN ^ | Sep 2, 2016 | Zachary Cohen
    (CNN) A $12 billion makeover is underway for the US Air Force's 1980's-era F-15 fighter, a step towards upgrading an air fleet that one military official recently called the "smallest, oldest and least ready" in history. The F-15 has long been hailed as the most successful dog-fighting aircraft in US history, boasting an undefeated air-to-air combat record with more than 100 aerial combat victories, according to Boeing, the plane's primary contractor and developer. The Air Force initially planned to replace the entire F-15 fleet with the fifth-generation F-22 Raptor, but production of the stealthy aircraft was halted in 2009 and...
  • Syrian Su-24s get intercepted and “encouraged to leave” by F-22 Raptors

    08/20/2016 12:14:56 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 106 replies
    The Aviationist ^ | 8/20/2016 | David Cenciotti
    Two Syrian Su-24 Fencer attempting to fly over a Kurdish-held area in northeastern Syria where U.S. SOF (Special Operations Forces) are operating, get intercepted by U.S. F-22 and encouraged to depart the airspace. Twice in the last few days, Syrian jets performing air strikes close to where U.S. SOF are operating in northeastern Syria caused coalition aircraft to scramble. On Aug. 18, U.S. jets were dispatched to intercept the Syrian attack planes that were attacking targets near Hasakah supporting regime forces fighting the Syrian Kurdish forces. About 300 U.S. military operate in the same area, training Kurdish forces who are...
  • Airpower Classics - F-22 Raptor

    08/01/2016 7:18:05 PM PDT · by Purdue77 · 16 replies
    Air Force Magazine ^ | Aug 2016 | Air Force Magazine
    With the F-22 Raptor, the Air Force acquired un equaled power to project air dominance. Lockheed Martin’s single-seat, twin-engined, all-weather fighter blended stealth, supercruise, great agility, and all-sensing avionics. Those features, plus high reliability and low maintenance, marked a huge leap in capability over USAF’s own F-15 Eagle, long the class of air combat. Indeed, the F-22 could not be matched by any known or projected fighter.
  • The US may restart production of the world's most lethal combat plane

    06/07/2016 11:42:00 AM PDT · by bkopto · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alex Lockie
    US Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh made comments at an Air Force Association event on Thursday that were uncharacteristically bullish on the prospect of restarting the F-22 program. Lockheed Martin shuttered the F-22 program almost five years ago. Since then, the top Air Force brass has been focused on the troubled F-35 program as well as looking decades forward to the Next Generation Air Dominance program. In April, however, Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio said in Congress: "In light of growing threats from a resurgent Russia and an aggressive China, further exploration into restarting the F-22 line is deserved." Welsh's...
  • F35 wins Denmark Competition

    05/12/2016 2:05:11 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    BreakingDefense.com ^ | 05.11.2016 | Sydney Freeber
    UPDATING with Aboulafia analysis of questionable pricing] The F-35 just won a competition — and it wasn’t even close. In every category, from combat performance to cost, the Danish government rated Lockheed’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighter as superior to Airbus’s Eurofighter Typhoon and Boeing’s F/A-18F Super Hornet.
  • U.S. Air Power Needs an F-22 Upgrade

    04/29/2016 12:17:19 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 28, 2016 | J. RANDY FORBES and MICHAEL W. WYNNE
    During his long tenure at the Pentagon, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates made many good decisions that helped soldiers and enhanced U.S. security. But his choice to truncate the Air Force’s F-22 Raptor program at 187 jets was an exception. With threats to American air superiority growing, it is time for Congress to consider resurrecting the jet or finding a suitable replacement. Conceived in the 1980s, the F-22 Raptor was designed to secure dominance of the skies for decades. America needed fighters that could outperform the newest Soviet models from Sukhoi and MiG. To counter them, the Raptor incorporated cutting-edge...