posted on Dec, 29 2006 @ 10:42 PM
Nine Kills represents as mistake with a hugely valuable asset.
Not least because the last paragraphs "Often we don't integrate so much as synchronize" statement indicates that the F-22 drivers are working a
much tighter OODA loop, probably for onset rates, possibly for fuel, probably with a lot less local support. Great Aces _LEARN_ when to take easy
kills and when not to overcommit. If you wanna play Predator with a frickin' wrist knife, you had damn well better do it in someone else' Air Force
with someone else' taxpayer dollars.
Indeed, if you expect to 'integrate' OCA+DEAD you also have to expect to see F-22s on the bleeding edge of the tactical environment where BOTH
threatair and unreduced S2A can be found in composite and that in turn means that it's not an 8 missile loadout but a 4 missile one and half of that
is a 'commitment gambit' to finishing what you start right overtop somebody's fire control radar.
In this, the only important factors to consider are:
1. Why the F-22s felt 'pressed' to take on all comers while defending a ARP. If the odds were long they should have faded and come back the next
day and the gas saved used to _exclusively_ leverage the Raptors (from farther out) until things were easier.
2. How far the shooter was from the eyeball and indeed how many shots the section lead still had onboard when junior's fangs got buried in
3. Why you are practicing 'CAS' with FACs when you are an FDOW asset that is intended to score inner-ring kills on C2 and the like.
I do wonder if '3200nm, nonstop' is a reflection of a drag or if the jet actually made the trip (with 610s?) all on it's ownsome. If so, the
bleeping retards in the Air Farce truly need to be drug out behind the woodshack and beaten at least half to death for their inane "150nm in and
out" excuse to buy the JSF too. 3200nm is effectively across the Atlantic and into NATO, unaccompanied, something the F-15 was strained to no-divert
achieve with CFT and a triplet of 610s and one over-CONUS topoff.
MFFC or Mixed Fighter Force Concept is nothing new in and of itself. While the ability to act as a bentpipe nodeal distributor is /something/ it is
also a waste in a platform that shouldn't be henning for a bunch of has been jets which cannot go where it can to employ their weapons systems with
the same advantages for onset rate and fade relative to missed shots and deep-indian territory reach in. If nothing else, when you get /used to/ the
assumption of 'virtual HARM' etc. etc. on someone else' platform. Or sending other, lesser, jets after 'secondary threats' you degrade your own
(realistic) force isolate understanding while becoming dependent on a synthesis effect which may simply NOT be present, especially in a GSTF
The F-22 should stop wars from being fought by rapidly deploying a 'deescalation' capability that can _safely_ detooth the enemy from commiting to
acts like Desert Storm.
In doing this, it should equally /allow for/ more prosaic systems to do the NTISR/COP missions by which existing campaigns and insurgencies are
gradually attrited down to nothing based on endurance over max-performance.
Northern Edge highlights none of this as it attempts to continue the perverted ideals of package-synergies in a blatantly overstated threat