F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jet makes combat debut against Isis in Syria

21. října 2014 v 23:44
It took an air war against a foe with minimal aerial defenses to bring the US air force's most advanced warplane into combat.The F-22 Raptor, a stealth fighter jet as star-crossed as it is beloved by the air force, finally took to the skies in anger on Monday night. It joined its more seasoned cousins the F-15 and F-16, as well as the B-1 bomber and armed drones in attacking Islamic State (Isis) training camps, barracks, headquarters and vehicles in north and eastern Syria.But Isis is hardly the foe that the architects, advocates and congressional allies of the F-22 anticipated the plane fighting.The F-22 is the air combat version of a luxury vehicle. While it carries air-to-ground missiles and guided bombs capable of precision placement from miles away - something the air force believes makes it a replacement close-air support jet for the infantryman's best friend, the A-10 - the F-22's air-to-air missiles and radar-evading stealth gear it to fighting through heavily defended skies above advanced adversaries. http://asepoka.ru/03-2014/index.html
 

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