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Although they were not conceived to play this kind of role, F-22 Raptors have emerged as some of the U.S.-led Coalition’s most reliable combat assets in supporting coalition planes during air strikes in Syria and Iraq.
At the beginning of July, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor jets had flown only 204 sorties out of 44,000 launched by the U.S.-lead coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Little more than a month ago, the multirole stealth combat planes deployed toAl Dhafra airbase in the UAE had dropped 270 bombs on targets located in 60 of the 7,900 locations hit by the other aircraft supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Flatfish
It was designed to do that for each other, but until recently, it couldn't do that with other aircraft because of the datalink system. First they had to have a BACN relay, now they have the TALON HATE pod coming into use on fourth gen aircraft. They've been testing an LPI Link 16 with the F-22s so they can communicate with all other existing USAF platforms.