The F-22 came face to face with Russia’s top fighter and was at a major disadvantage

Two US F-22 stealth fighter jets intercepted Russian Su-25 and Su-35 jets that crossed into the US’s area of operation over Syria on Wednesday, and it highlights a downside to the US’s top fighter jets.

The F-22, with its incredible acrobatic abilities in air and all-aspect stealth cloaking it from enemies at a distance, is the US’s most lethal combat plane.

While the F-35 has been built as a flying quarterback that can dogfight, bomb ground targets, gather intelligence, or conduct surveillance, the F-22 specializes in one thing: air-to-air combat.

But with today’s rules of engagement, the F-22’s huge advantages in stealth mean little.

During an intercept, a jet pulls up next to the plane that has invaded its airspace and tells the plane via radio some version of “turn around or this will escalate.”

At this time, it’s customary for the jet to tilt its wings and show the intruding adversary a wing full of missiles. But the F-22 can never do that. Because of its stealth design, the F-22 stores all missiles and bombs internally.

A pilot intruding into US or US-protected airspace and meeting an F-22 really has no idea whether the jet is armed. And the Russian Su-35 holds more missiles than the F-22, and it holds them where everyone can see.

On top of that, if a routine interception were to turn kinetic, the F-22 would start the battle at a huge disadvantage.

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6 comments

  • Christopher Blackwell 2 years ago

    You’re new at this aren’t you? Reporting on an incident is simply laying out the facts in chronological order so the reader can form his/her own opinion. You have failed in that. You repeatedly stated that U.S. F-22 Raptors are some how at a disadvantage facing Russian SU-35 aircraft during an intercept near the Baltics. I am still waiting for the disadvantage to surface. If you knew anything about Air to Air Combat you would not state a F-22 is at a disadvantage . That is absolutely false. Not only is the aircraft superior to the SU-35 in capabilities alone, the U.S. pilots are far superior to the Russians for many reasons that have to do with education and training. Furthermore, F-22 pilots in particular are not concerned with Russia’s repeated attempts to cause an International incident. Which is nothing new. During the Cold War Russia used the same “bait and run” tactics” in attempts to cause an incident Their actions in Syria are nothing more than a “little guy” talking real loud to get he attention of the rest of the world. They are simply “showcasing” their latest tactical jets on he world stage and are once again “Out classed” by U.S. Hardware. Let me put this in perspective: The former USSR couldn’t compete with us and “threw in the towel” in 1991 following Desert Storm and now almost 20 yrs later Russia is no better off. Further reinforcing the fact that Communism .is Dead and has done nothing but put it’s Citizens further and further back of their Western counterparts.. This is clearly a DISADVANTAGE……Lastly; unless you are a Fighter Pilot it is recommended you don’t try and put claim to such ridiculous statements as you have.

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  • Colonel Schwab 2 years ago

    You do know the writer did the same thing as the Russians…..bait and run. He probably will never see your reply.

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  • RFPHILLIPS 1 year ago

    This is called “US MILITARY NEWS” but its Russian propaganda!

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  • Robert 1 year ago

    Thank you Christopher Blackwell for your informed response to the idiot who posted this trash.

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