f 22a raptor

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Photo series #7

This photo series will bring a well known fighter jet, the fifth generation, twin engine, air superiority, stealth fighter, the Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor.

Developed from the YF-22, the USAFs ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) program winner, the Raptor is one of the most modern fighter jets in the world, although it was primarily designed for air superiority and as a replacement for the F-15, it also has ground attack, eletronic warfare and SIGINT (Signal Intelligence) capabilities.

Because of a series of high costs and lack of missions for it’s intended role, production has ended in 2011 and the last F-22 was delivered in 2012.

The first combat sortie of this fighter jet happened in September 22nd, 2014 when F-22s dropped 1000lb GPS guided bombs on Islamic State targets, in June 2015, it performed the first CAS (Close Air Support) of the aircraft. Although combat sorties are still somewhat slim, the F-22 has had an increase number of missions for ISR ( intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) gathering during it deployment to the Middle East.

Here are some of it’s specifications:

Engines: Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofans with thrust vectoring in the pitch axis (up and down)

Weapons:

 1 x 20mm  M61A2 Vulcan

For AA (Air to Air) missions:

6 x AIM-120 AMRAAM

2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder

For AG (Air to Ground) missions:

2 x 1000lb JDAM or 8 x 250lb GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs

2 x AIM-9 Sidewinder

2 x AIM-120 AMRAAM

It also has 4 under-wing pylons for drop tanks or weapons with a capacity of 5000lb.

Now of all of this is controlled by an AN/APG-77 radar with an AN/AAR-56 Missile Launch Detector, AN/ALR-94 Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) and a MJU-39/40 flare countermeasures.

And that’s it for this photo series, don’t forget to like, reblog and follow, there is a new photo series every wednesday and sunday.

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I dunno… History determines the winner.
But there’s one thing I can say for certain.
Heroes really do exist.
We’ve just seen one… and now…
He’s coming home.

- AWACS “SkyEye”, Independent States Allied Forces. 
September 26, 2005

Probably the most revered of all aces to ever grace the skies of Strangereal, at least as far as Project Aces are concerned, Mobius One and his ISAF F-22A Raptor are iconic to say the least.

Aside from being the playable character in a dedicated arcade section of Ace Combat 5, Mobius 1 has made numerous cameo appearances in “Ace of Aces” type missions in other Ace Combat games.

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Now this is something you don’t see every day.

A mixed formation air-to-air photo shoot comprising of United States Air Force F-15C Eagle and F-22A Raptor alongside Royal Malaysian Air Force Su-30MKM Flanker, MiG-29NUB Fulcrum, F/A-18D Hornet and BAe Hawk 108 over Georgetown, Malaysia, on June 18, 2014. 

anonymous asked:

J-20 IS BEST PLAN BECAUSE IT HAS CANARDS AND EATS RAPTORS IN DOGFIGHTS FOR LUNCH, right?

NO

NOOOO

Look, there’s a lot we don’t know about the J-20 right now. Even if we did know everything about it, it’s still not in production, so half the things we do know about it are liable to change. What we do know right now this this:

  • It’s primarily stealthy from the front
  • China still cannot into stealth materials the way America can
  • Its engines are currently inadequate like most Chinese engines (how about that J-31 and its smokey RD-93s?)
  • The canard design introduces a major variable in regards to stealth abilities. Canards don’t make it not-stealth, they just make it very hard to maintain a good frontal RCS if they’re being used as elevators.

But I don’t want to focus on that right now. What I want to focus on is the fact that you, like EVVVVVERRRYYYONE ELSE, compared it to the Raptor.

This is what I love about the Raptor.

It’s the ultimate high water mark of military aviation to date. The Canadians can bitch and moan and cry into their Tim Horton’s about the Avro Arrow, and the Russians can flail about while screaming about Ukrainian neo-Nazis while making sacrifices at their state-issued Putin altars in the vain hope that they’ll some day field more than 12 PAK-FAs, but when you talk about the best, you’re talking about one plane, and one plane only:

The Lockheed Martin F-22A Raptor.

What the Raptor is capable of (which is a lot and I’m sure I’ll go into detail eventually on this) is ultimately irrelevant. It’s a symbol. A symbol of American power. 

It’s the kind of thing that’s unironically put onto t-shirts that say “THESE COLORS DON’T RUN” with a picture of a Bald Eagle wearing a flight suit in the foreground. It’s so symbolic of American excess and dominance over the rest of the world that people trying to say “this is a Raptor-killer” are unconsciously admitting what they’d never say to their countrymen - that the Raptor, when paired with modern American ordnance, is the most feared aircraft to ever fly the unfriendly skies, a plane so advanced (despite making its first flight in 1997) that production was ended in 2011 because nobody could make anything comparable. Our allies stroke themselves to the idea of having Raptors to the point that Japan regularly puts out model kits of the F-22A in JASDF colors, so that they can feverishly rend plastic from sprue and airbrush it while whispering with bated breath, “OH, AMERICA-SAN, WE WILL BE BEST ALLY, PLEASE GIVE US THE BEST RAPTOR INSTEAD OF F-2A WHICH COST US ALMOST AS MUCH.” There’s a reason we struck ISIS with F-22As first - we wanted to show them we meant business. 

The F-22A is the John Cena of fighter jets.

It’s not just that you can’t see it (because its time is now), but because it’s the pinnacle of modern military aviation, and something that you associate, for better or worse, with the word “America.” Every plane designed from the early 1990s to today is compared to the Raptor. You can’t have a discussion about modern air warfare or capabilities without talking about the low-vis gray elephant in the room, whom Rafale and Growler pilots brag to anyone within earshot about beating in an arena where the Raptor wasn’t allowed to perform in its optimal role (BVR engagements). When you talk about air superiority from a non-NATO perspective, you can’t just talk about beating Su-30s or F-16Cs, you’ve got to talk about your odds against the Raptor (and those odds are never good). 

It’s not invincible, but the triumph of the Raptor isn’t just technological, it’s rhetorical. Nobody wants to fight the Raptor. That, above all else, is what makes the Raptor - and by extension, America - #1.

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