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Flankers v Raptors

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posted on May, 5 2017 @ 03:33 PM
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So for the first time Flankers met Raptors I'm the sky's close to Alaska. The SU-35 is Russia's most advanced current fighter. A conflict between the two seems rare but this seems a message from the Kremlin??




posted on May, 5 2017 @ 03:43 PM
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So, their appearance off Alaska is notable in spite of the routine. By sending its most advanced jets on these patrols, the Kremlin might be attempting to show it can project power on par with the U.S. military.

And recording everything about approaching Raptors, for now.



posted on May, 5 2017 @ 04:36 PM
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From the article it seems we would have gotten the better end of the data collection deal as the Raptor's electronics package is much more sophisticated. Also we only scramble our F-22s with external fuel tanks and/or radar reflective material on them as SOP so no one gets to see the true radar cross section of the Raptor. All in all more of the same games we always play trying to get any advantage possible on the other side.



posted on May, 5 2017 @ 04:59 PM
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I wouldn't call it a conflict. They've started using multiple types of aircraft, from ELINT/SIGINT to fighters to fly with their bombers. It allows other crews to get the same training the bombers do, plus a little more.



posted on May, 6 2017 @ 01:03 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

The A50 flew too.

A who could scoop the most information from the other team, game



posted on May, 6 2017 @ 10:24 AM
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a reply to: RickyD


On top of that, the aircraft has a quick-scanning Irbis-E passive electronically-scanned array (PESA) radar and an electro-optical system that includes a laser range finder and long-range infrared search and tracking capabilities that stealthy fighters cannot hide from. On top of that, the jets reportedly have a powerful electronic warfare suite to jam and confuse hostile radars. Taken together, the Russians have boasted, without much in the way of public evidence, that this combination could allow the jets to better detect low-observable jets such as the F-22 and F-35.


My emphasis



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