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The Stealth Sniper: The F-22 Raptor Has a New Job
Wed, 19 Jun 2019 13:45:00 -0400

The 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-def read the full story...

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