News: Re-designation to the Raptor...

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  1. Eagle_Giuli

    Eagle_Giuli New Member

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    The US Air Force, that put some years ago a new designation to the F-22 Raptor (F/A-22), have decided these days to re-designate the aircraft as F-22A.

    Reasons? the Raptor wouldn't be a good attack aircraft, so the USAF decided to use it only as a fighter, with F-15E and F-16C as CAS aircraft, waiting to the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which would be entering in service in 2015.

    The re-designation gives the opportunity to rename possibles modifications to the aircraft, as FEA-22 (Electronic Attack), FB-22 (Fighter/Bomber/CAS), EF-22 (Electronic vigilance), between others.
     
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    What is your source for this? I believe it was renamed the F/A-22A in 2002, not the other way around.

    [i]On Sept. 17, 2002 Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper announced a change in the designation of the F-22 Raptor to F/A-22 at the 2002 Air Force Association National Convention. The change is meant to more accurately reflect the aircraft's multimission roles and capabilities in contemporary strategic environments.[/i]
    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/aircraft/f-22.htm
     
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    It's still intended for multiple roles. It would be an awfully expensive aircraft to mass produce strictly for the air-supremacy role I would think.

    The above article even has this to say:

    “F-22A IOC means our warfighters now have an unprecedented lethal mix of air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities at their disposal,” General Keys said. “The Raptor’s cutting edge technology brings us continued joint air dominance despite advancing enemy threats.”
     
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    I've asked some of the instructors at the Academy if they heard this. As far as they know its still F-22.....
     
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    I agree, it would then be a waste of money. (Especially since the F-15 is still more than capable in its role)
     
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    You think so?!?
     
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    Yes I'd have to say so :D

    Can't think of any fighter other than the Eurofighter which is equal to it. Maybe the SU-37, but that project lacks funds, and Russian digital technology is hopelessly behind American tech in the same department.

    Of-cause with the F-22 now in service, there is now 'absolutely' no equal anywhere in the world.
     
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    I thought you were saying that the F-15 is more capable?!?
     
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    The F-15 is more than capable as a multi-role platform, for sure, but more capable than the F-22? Nah.
     
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    i can't really see the F-22 as a ground attack platform, not a hugely succesful one anyway........
     
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    And why's that, oh most insightful one? ;)
     
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    well, just look at it ;)
     
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    What ?! No ! :lol:

    However the F-15 is still more than capable in its role, with the Eurofighter being its only equal. (Not counting the F-22 of-cause :D )

    The F-22 is better than the F-15, no doubt about that.
     
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    The F-22A is better than the Eagle, of course, that's why is a replacement.[/list]
     
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    OK! :lol:
     
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    Well the first squadron of F-22s were activated in Virginia and named combat ready last week.
     
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    They were indeed. Soren even posted a link to an article about it, further up the page here.
     
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    Yeah I just remembered that and realized that it had already been posted....... Captain Canuck! :lol:
     
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