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originally posted by: LDragonFire
Pilots are afraid or refuse to fly it?
heck, if the Russians have anything better than f 22, which they most likely do, the outside world will not know about it.
originally posted by: nwtrucker
a reply to: Nettlas
Consider yourself corrected...LOL. Perhaps, PERHAPS, close to the Raptor, but not a match.
The only sure point that I know of that is superior is range..that's it!
The Pentagon deployed a mix of aircraft, including B-1 bombers, armed Reaper drones and several types of fighter jets Monday. Among them was the F-22 Raptor, an advanced stealth fighter that has been in the Air Force’s fleet for a decade but until Monday had never been used in combat.
The Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched by two warships, the USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea and the USS Philippine Sea in the Persian Gulf. Also participating in the airstrikes were Navy F/A-18 Hornet fighters flying from the USS George H.W. Bush, an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
originally posted by: MystikMushroom
I know the new camera pods they put on Angelfire-equipped surveillance craft can certainly target with images that clearly (probably even better!). Depending on the distance to target, those images could have been taken miles away from a decent altitude.
IMHO it's not a 180 yet.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: howmuch4another
X-47 is only a technology demonstrator, and unless it wins the UCLASS contract won't become an operational platform.
The Reaper/Predator doesn't have the survivability to hang out in contested airspace, neither does the Global Hawk.
Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the Al Qaida offshoot terrorist group Islamic State [of Iraq and Levant], the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials.
An MQ-9 Reaper Brimstone missile hits its target.
The agency is beefing up its presence in countries near Syria, including Jordan, as part of increased U.S. military operations in the region, said officials close to the agency. Liaison with regional spy services also is being increased.
The agency already is supplying intelligence gathered from Islamic State social-media accounts, both official and unofficial, on outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. …The aircraft have had a devastating impact — both in killing terrorist leaders inside their residences or vehicles, and as psychological influence, namely, instilling fear among terrorists.
U.S. drone attacks have forced terrorists to remain under cover and limit their public exposure and movement. The aircraft have forced terrorists to remain on constant alert for the signature hum of propeller-driven Predators and Reapers, never knowing whether the drones are unarmed surveillance aircraft, or whether the next sound they hear will be the blast of a Maverick missile hitting their position. Analysts say drone strikes over the longer term have demoralized the Islamist terrorist groups that have been targeted.