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The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New Job

The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New JobThe flying branch only bought 187 operational Raptors — out of an original goal of 381. The F-22 also won’t fly into the 2060s without upgrades. Three years ago, four F-22 Raptors taking part in the second-wave of the U.S.-led coalition’s opening airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria dropped their bombs. It was the first time the stealthy fifth-generation fighters had ever engaged in combat. The coalition’s war planners also used the F-22s to leverage their low-observable profiles — and far-reaching sensors — while escorting non-stealthy fighters in case Syrian fighters or air-defense systems engaged.Fortunately, the Syrian military held its fire.Fast forward to today, and F-22 Raptors are still flying over Iraq and Syria and have shifted almost fully into that latter role, according to Air Force Magazine. “When we first got here, we were 95 percent precision strike. And now we’re probably 95 percent air superiority,” Lt. Col. “Shell” — a callsign — of the 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron told the magazine.This first appeared in October 2017.



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The F-22 Raptor Is the World's Best Stealth Fighter (And It's Going To Get Even Better)

The F-22 Raptor Is the World's Best Stealth Fighter (And It's Going To Get Even Better)Funding for an F-22 sensor upgrade will only come later in the 2020s and is likely to include an electro-optical module similar to the F-35’s EOTS and DAS systems to operate in heavy jamming environments. Such an upgrade would mirror the F-15X, which recently received a similar system.While much attention has been focused recently on the F-35 and F-15X, not much has been given to the U.S. Air Force’s premier air superiority fighter, the F-22 Raptor.(This first appeared last month.)While the Raptor was one of the most advanced aircraft in the world when it entered service in the early 2000s, sensor, radar, and datalink technology have all advanced since then.The Raptor has received relatively few upgrades compared to legacy fourth generation F-15 and F-16 aircraft and now is significantly outdated in some ways. For example, F-16s, F-15s, and F/A-18s are all equipped with the JHMCS missile cueing technology, which allows a pilot to lock onto an aircraft just by looking at it. The F-22 currently does not have this capability.



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Another Reason Why the F-22 Raptor Is the Most Dangerous Fighter in the Sky

Another Reason Why the F-22 Raptor Is the Most Dangerous Fighter in the SkyThe Air Force and Lockheed Martin have now “validated” several new weapons on the F-22 Raptor to equip the stealth fighter with more long-range precision attack technology, a wider targeting envelope or “field of regard” and new networking technology enabling improved, real-time “collaborative targeting” between aircraft.



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Why the Air Force's Mighty F-22 Raptor Fleet Is In Serious Trouble

Why the Air Force's Mighty F-22 Raptor Fleet Is In Serious TroubleAll thanks to one storm. 



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F-22 Raptor vs. the Mythical YF-23: Why the F-23 Never Happened

F-22 Raptor vs. the Mythical YF-23: Why the F-23 Never HappenedUltimately, the Air Force selected Lockheed’s YF-22 design, which was also an exceptional aircraft, for its ATF requirement. The YF-22 would eventually evolve into today’s F-22A Raptor, which became operational in late 2005 and remains the single best air superiority fighter ever built. However, in many ways, the YF-23 was a superior design that was well ahead of its time.



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Raptor Reborn: Is a Super F-22 Fighter Heading to Japan?

Raptor Reborn: Is a Super F-22 Fighter Heading to Japan?Lockheed Marting is pitching the idea to Tokyo. 



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Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Bison Is Ready to Take on the Ford Ranger Raptor

Chevrolet's Colorado ZR2 Bison Is Ready to Take on the Ford Ranger RaptorRock-resistant upgrades for Chevy's butch midsize pickup.



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The F-22 Raptor Is a Killer in the Sky. And Its About to Get Even More Deadly.

The F-22 Raptor Is a Killer in the Sky. And Its About to Get Even More Deadly.F-22 lethality is also getting vastly improved. Here's how. 



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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor – Pictures

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor - Pictures



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The Ford Raptor Is The Perfect Embodiment Of America

The Ford Raptor Is The Perfect Embodiment Of AmericaIf there was one vehicle that embodies the spirit of America better than any other, it’s probably the Ford F-150. So, what happens if you take that slab of 100% American Freedom and send it to the gym?



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