Hmm, it looks like this topic will keep spinning the wheels it appears.
Starters, the F/A 22, CAN be shot down, Russian Anti Aircraft Muntions are move advanced that any thing the UK or US has been able to produce so far,
one of the Janes dispatches have listed the new Russian SAM at least bare minium 1 generation over the US Anti Ballistic Missile System.
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.
Note: Broadsword, you know those big air sucking, fuel burning tubes, they produce heat. The F/A 22 Produces heat in sub sonic flight, with the
Russians continued use and production of missiles with both a dual Radar seeker and Heat Seeker back up, the F/A is far from safe on the tactical ACM
Even if by some witchiry, they could produce a heat resist layer that could shield up to 90% of the Thermal output, that didn't weight more that the
space shuttle, it would still produce 'Some' heat, aircraft produce heat just by moving through air.
The F/A-22 can outmaneuver and outrun virtually anything out there, is incredibly difficult to shoot down, and is capable of electronic warfare
(messing with other aircraft's electronic systems), something the JSF nor an Russian aircraft are capable of. The F/A-22 has great room for
potential. The JSF does too, but it is meant to stand by the F/A-22, not substitute it.
That above quote made me laugh, why on earth would a US tactical aircraft thats main purpose is to remain 'unseen', I use that word lightly, to
enemy sensor systems, would WANT to broadcast its location using ECM systems.
To my knowledge, US Tactical Aircraft, in more specific areas, Fighters, carry a limited defence jammer to counter hostile SAM's, they aren't
prefect, they help deal with them. Normally Navy Prowlers and B-52's act as mobile support jammers. Using ECM is not conductive to stealth
Also, I can detect stealth with a $2000 optical machine, provided its clear and the sucker is flying low enough, ::shrugs:: just proves that they
aren't invisiable ::grins:: On and it should be noted that the F/A-22's range is nothing special, all any enemy would have to do is gun for the
tankers, either in the air or on the ground and hey! the F/A-22s would need external tanks or reduced play load.
Also, the Germans had developed stealth aircraft to counter the british lead in WW2, through the use of the flying wing design.
Folks I hate to break it to you, but while the F/A-22 is advanced, and the engineers have done their best to design the best aircraft, I am sad to
break this to you but the russians, germans, french, BRITISH and god knows how many other countries have a vested interest in a "what if" situation,
folks, while the US have been working on the best aircraft in the world, nearly every other country in the work has been developing ways to shoot the
sodding thing down.
Edit Note: I forgot to add some thing in, the F/A-22 has 4 computers with 400mhz processors, I have calculators with more processing power that those
Hell thats one of the things you need for a invisiable aircraft, I would have an uber raptor killer with my 3.6 gig processor
[edit on 25-2-2005 by gooseuk]