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US Air Force Says F-22 Is Fully Combat-Capable

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posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 12:22 PM
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LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. --- F-22 Raptors here reached full operational capability Dec. 12, said Gen. John D.W. Corley, the commander of Air Combat Command. The announcement officially makes Langley's F-22 squadrons combat-ready.

FOC for the F-22 means the aircraft are now ready for global engagement, said Lt. Col. Mark Hansen, the Air Combat Command F-22 integration officer. "Crews are now (fully) organized, trained, equipped and ready for the joint fight," he said


Will we see these bad boys in action in the middle east? of defending conus? only time will tell - but 2 years from IOC to FOC isn`t shabby




posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 01:29 PM
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Further "linkage"
www.defensetech.org...


The 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley was the first squadron to become operational with the F-22. Since the initial operational capability announcement in 2005, Raptors have been delivered to three additional squadrons, which, along with an Air National Guard associate unit and an Air Force Reserve associate unit, have truly made the Raptor a Total Force asset.


Another milestone for the program and testing of the F-22. Makes you wonder if you ever want to see it go in action. The mixed feelings of inorder for the this plane to be as admired as its forebares it has to kill or be killed.



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 01:35 PM
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Last year AWST had an article about how the electronic environment over Iraq and bahgdad in particular was so full of EM energy that the sensor suites may have problems if they tried to use it in the Air to Mud role.

Thats not to say they have not been worked out but id be surprised if the USAF cuts any lose for Iraq operations. As mentioned a loss of one could cast negative impressions on the aircraft. The USAF does not want to rock the boat.

But you would think that if they are planning to use the AESA radar for electronic attack etc, you would want to get it some in country time.



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 01:44 PM
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Originally posted by FredT
Thats not to say they have not been worked out but id be surprised if the USAF cuts any lose for Iraq operations. As mentioned a loss of one could cast negative impressions on the aircraft. The USAF does not want to rock the boat.


Well thats understandable, but sooner or later its gotta go down. Better to blame it on enemy fire than on accident don't you think?


Can you imagine a picture of an insurgent armed with an RPG standing on top of a destroyed F-22? Even if it was non-hostile, insurgents can easily claim they shot it down.



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 01:54 PM
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Originally posted by deltaboy
Well thats understandable, but sooner or later its gotta go down. Better to blame it on enemy fire than on accident don't you think?



In all honesty if either happened and depending on the situation there would be trouble in the Gov and the attempted purchases for more airframes. All depends on the seriousness of either. If the 22 took damage and still made it home then you have positive press about its ruggedness (ex. A-10) but also negative press that it was even seen which in all honesty it will be seen so any press that think this plane is trully invisable are just miss leading and stirring up the public.



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 02:11 PM
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at the cost of each f-22 what are the chances the USAF would use them in countries with working SAM networks?



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 03:34 PM
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I think we get your point bodrul. But at the sametime I hope your wrong in a way. I think even those who are vocal that they "know" that the 22 is "cr@p" will want to see it go into action to prove its metal.



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 04:52 PM
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true, the f-22s will have to get a work out either way

but then again i am trying to picture what deltaboy said

whats the saying a picture says a thousend words or something



posted on Dec, 13 2007 @ 08:04 PM
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Doesn't matter, it still wont go to either current conflict, the USAF will say that there is no need for an air dominance role in Iraq or afganistan and similarly the role of a steath ground attack plane has already been completed, and frankly they're right.

Looks like america needs another war to use its new toy properly



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