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Originally posted by $tranger
The F-22 RELIES almost completely on stealth and it's BVR capability. It's designed to fly in supersonic, not get detected, fire off some AIM-120s BVR, loiter for a while, and go home. Basically, a stealth MiG-31.
But it's still visible on TODAY's radars, albiet at greatly reduced ranges. This gives it an advantage, but for how long? Relying on a marginal edge over 80's radar technology isn't going to cut it for an airplane that's supposed to be cutting edge for the next 50 years. And by the time it's available in for use in combat, threats will already be more advanced than today.
Originally posted by MACROSVIII
The F-22's "Stealth" characteristics are unecessary and impaires the aircraft's performance. I say to hell with the stealth and the aircraft's performance jumps. Being limited to either 4 AMRAAM"s or 4 AGM"s plus 2 AIM-9p's or X's doesn't make me feel too confident if i were to fly into a high risk zone with SAMs and Fighters all over and expect to come out alive .
Originally posted by WolfSpirit
Right on Seekerof. We need to get rid of that ugly bird. I think it is the worst thing they ever invented. It takes the thrill out of the hunt!