reply to post by BlackWidow23
I agree about the rather strange post that you are replying to, quite odd. I was not confident enough about grasping his meaning to attempt a reply
but I was thinking the same as you on its meaning.
However on some of your other points;
F-22 is faster
It supercruises faster, but whether it is faster overall is not kn own with any certainty as the top speeds of both are classified and always
estimated at mach 2 to 2.2 so its a close call.
according to reports from the pilots who are familiar with both (USAF and RAF) this one is a mixed bag in that there are situations where the F-22
manouvres slightly better and there are others where the Typhoon is slightly better. I'd love to know what situations as the reports I read were as
vague as that, probably deliberately.
Oh yes, absolutely loads more, no question.
has better weapons
surely only if the operator chooses the wrong ones. AIM9X and ASRAAM are pretty even are they not? the AIM 120C-7 is later than the Typhoon's current
C-5 for sure but it only takes Japan to order the C-7 for it surely? Then of course the Typhoon is in line for the Meteor, a US rival for which is in
early definition and intended to follow on from the AIM 120D the last I read?
and has better radar
Certainly more advanced for the moment yes, but CAESAR is already test flying so this again is something that is being addressed and is no bar to
As I mentioned elsewhere the Typhoon is said by those who have flown both to be pretty much the match for the F-22 in all aspects except stealth.
There are also the wonders of PIRATE to consider but most US members I have discussed this with tend to dismiss it, whether out of not fully
understanding what it does or because America does not have it I do not know, but there you are.
edit to add, if the angle of my reply appears confusing it is because I thought I was replying to the thread concerning the possibility of Japan
ordering the Typhoon, thats what happens when an idiot has 7 threads open at the same time
As for the main topic, yes. In overall terms the F-22 is the best there is, but to think it is absolutely in every way the best and unbeatable is a
bit silly, however those areas in which it is currently the best are pretty important, if not critical, as long as the guy holding the stick is
clever enough to make the most of his advantages and can, for instance, recognise an orange marker when he sees one
[edit on 6-11-2007 by waynos]