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)
1 x 20mm
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.
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Sweden pioneered the concept of using public roadways are alternate runways in times of emergency. As Sweden is a heavily forested country, the dense foliage provides an extra measure of stealth allowing interceptors to pop up seemingly out of nowhere.