The F-22 raptor holds all the qualifications to stand alone on the front line of a US and Russia war. This aircraft touts a stealthy design combined with supersonic, highly maneuverable, duel engine and long range capabilities. It was built to replace the aging F-15 fighters of America’s military. Unlike its predecessor, the F-22 is the first highly survivable fighter to be able to simultaneously conduct air-to-air and air-to-ground combat among a multitude of other missions. Intelligence gathering, surveillance reconnaissance and electronic attack are all highly functioning capabilities of the plane.
The maneuverability of the F-22 Raptor enhances its stealth capabilities. One particular aspect of the aircraft is is its ability to reach speeds greater than Mach 1.5 without afterburns. The advanced avionics of this stellar plane gives it the first advantage when it comes to look, shot and kill capabilities. What this means is that the F-22 is ahead of the adversary’s aircraft as it fights beyond the visual and radar range of any others out there all made possible by the weapon’s bay.
Another aspect that makes the F-22 stand out is its six Raytheon built AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missiles, otherwise known as AMRAAMs. It also boasts two AIM-9 sidewinder missiles which are of the AIM-9X variety.
The F-22 Raptor’s job in an event that Russia and the United States go to war is to bust open the front door and establish America’s air superiority. This newest generation would be crucial in defeating Russia’s highly effective Sukhoi Su-35S Flanker-E which has been labeled “an extremely dangerous foe to any US fighter, with the exception of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor” as noted by Dave Majumdar in National Interest.
On Lockheed Martin’s site, there is a perfect summation of the F-22 Raptor. It states that the plane “defines air dominance. The 5th generation F-22’s unique combination of stealth, speed, agility, and situational awareness combined with lethal long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground weaponry, makes it the best air dominance fighter in the world.”