The Lockheed Martin / Boeing F-22 Raptor 5th-generation fighter aircraft is a supermaneuverable, or rather a HiMAT – Highly Maneuverable Aircraft Technology – fighterjet which can shoot the enemy before they even see it thanks to its cutting-edge stealth technology:
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The Royal Australian Air Force has flown F/A-18 Block-II Super Hornets since December 2010. Australia almost ordered F-35s but following a controversy about the JSF program (Joint Strike Fighter), purchased F/A-18Fs instead of the F-35 Lightning IIs expected in order to replace the old F-111s.
These fighter jets have taken up the F-4 Phantom II’s nickname “Rhino”. The Super Hornet is equipped with an AESA radar (Active Electronically Scanned Array radar – APG-79), and it can refuel other aircraft with its ARS – Aerial Refuelling System. Moreover, it has a low RCS signature (RCS: Radar Cross Section) with its rectangular air intakes, and its maneuverability has been improved thanks to enlarged Leading-Edge eXtensions or LEX.
The F-22 Raptor offer is likely to be turned down. However, Australia might purchase the convential take-off and landing (CTOL) variant of the JSF/F-35A
The Chinese J-20 “Black Eagle” 5th generation fighter could be superior to the F-35 Lightning II, and even on a par with the F-22 Raptor with its range, radar-evading stealth capability, as well as with its firepower. – Video:
11/18/2010 – JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The pilot of the F-22 aircraft that crashed Tuesday night has been identified as Capt. Jeffrey Haney, assigned to the 525th Fighter Squadron. Capt. Haney’s current status is missing.
The aircraft lost contact with air traffic control at 7:40 p.m. Alaska time Tuesday, while on a nighttime training mission. Search and rescue teams discovered the wreckage of the F-22, assigned to the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.
- It would be far less expensive than its direct competitors (up to 3 times cheaper)
- The PAK FA’s range would be superior by 70% compared to the F-22 one
- Bigger in its wing surface and lighter than the F-22, it should be more maneuverable than the Raptor
- It would be between 14 and 20% faster than the F-22
- The PAK FA would have a 20% thrust-to-weight-ratio advance
As far as radar, system, and stealth are concerned, the Raptor must be over any other fighter aircraft considering its heavy program cost (around $65 billion) compared to the PAK FA one which should not exceed $8 billion.
However, the main problem in such comparison is that crucial assets such as stealth are not visible, and kept secret. Moreover other factors can change the balance: weaponry performance, pilots’ training, and data links among others. For instance, the Russian military are not likely to purchase more than 10 PAK FAs by 2012, and around 50 only by 2016.
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