posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 12:28 PM
From what I have read, the F/A-22 offers an enormous leap forward in capabilities over the F-15. The F/A-22 is not made solely just to dogfight other
aircraf,t but to be able to penetrate enemy airspace undetected, which is becoming troublesome with all of these new anti-aircraft systems out there
that are cheap to purchase.
The F/A-22 is designed to penetrate these. The F/A-22 is not semi -stealth, it is stealth period. It is an aircraft that is very, very difficult to
detect. It gives off no heat signature so it would be very hard to target it with missiles, and it can outmaneuver virtually anything out there.
And no, the Russians are no where near to matching the Raptor in regards to an overall aircraft. In terms of maneuvers, aerobatics-wise, yes, Russian
planes are very good and one even can perform maneuvers the Raptor cannot.
But in terms of an aircraft with the stealth capabilities and avionics alone that the F/A-22 has, nothing out there is even close. The F/A-22 is an
enormous leap forward from the F-15 in maneuverability, speed, range, and avionics. It is a plane that could take out the enemy without their even
knowing it is watching them, and then even if they spotted it, they'd have a hard time targeting it with missiles at all. It also has a very high
altititude, which I believe right now is classified.
Lockheed didn't pull any punches in designing this aircraft. It was truly made to be the best of the best. It can fly completely in stealth with its
weapons inside, or if need be, it can fly with extra weapons externally. But even then, it can still outrun virtually any other aircraft if need be,
it can go to very high altitudes, and it gives off no heat signature, so even if you detected it, it would still be difficult to shoot it down.
The F/A-22 incorporates avionics into it that allows it to engage in electronic warfare with the enemy; it is an aircraft that could literally mess
with the electronics in other aircraft to screw them up and thus it wouldn't even have to fire a missile. Russian planes are cheaper for a reason.
They are great in aerobatics, but aisde from that, they're not much more advanced. They are getting close to the F-15 in regards to avionics, but in
regards to the F/A-22, that aircraft is a quantum leap ahead in avionics and abilities. And by the time, if even, the Russians get an aircraft with
avionics to match the Raptor, the Raptor will have an upgraded avionics package I am sure, same as how the F-15 and F-16 get upgraded versions.
The Raptor is truly a next-generation aircraft.