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U.S. DEFENSE – Sequestration Cuts Looming

As explained in the video here below, the U.S. military could undergo the most dangerous budgetary cuts ever.

As far as the Air Force is concerned, the 5th-generation fighter aircraft programs had widely been questioned already as a RAND study issued in 2008 (then withdrawn, following the Australian press statements about the JSF war game results), and the umpteen glitches encountered on the F-35 Lightning II shocked the public opinion. Not to mention the F-22 Raptor – its 67-billion-dollar program is questioned too as this amount of money, for instance, would be enough to finance the French defense budget for two years.

The F-22 air supremacy stealth fighter had numerous problems – Flight control software errors, OBOGS (On-Board Oxygen Generating System) investigated after U.S. pilots reported dizziness; and “Raptor cough“, MADL (Multifunction Advanced Data Link) has been delayed, the U.S. 5th generation fighterjets – either JSF or RAPTOR – cannot outperform the 4.5-generation Dassault RAFALE multirole fighter aircraft in DACT (Dissimilar Air Combat Training), and so on. It is the taxpayers who must pay for this.

What will happen? Nobody knows. Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, has already stated that “full sequestration would be devastating to DoD and the defense industry.” The US military power could become a “paper tiger unable to keep up with potential adversaries.” He added later, and – “In effect, it invites aggression.”

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Flying an F-22 Raptor – Amazing Experience

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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FIGHTERJETS compared: Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA vs F-22 RAPTOR

First of all, here is a video on the first T-50’s public display (Moscow – MAKS 2011, August 17, 2011):

The Lockheed Martin/BIDS F-22 Raptor, and the brand new Sukhoi T-50 PAK FA are the current leading-edge 5th generation fighter aircraft. Lots of people would like to assess the capabilities of the two fighterjets. However, no aircraft can be compared regarding its specifications only as fighter aircraft are designed within a wider system – radars; weapon systems; training; and sharing information through data links.

All we know is that the F-22, and the PAK FA are equipped with excellent AESA radars. Though still secret, the Raptor’s stealth is deemed to feature a record-breaking RCS (Radar Cross Section). The T-50, which is to be fielded within the Indian and Rusian air forces, might be equipped with anti-AWACS missiles. The Chinese Chengdu J-20 has not disclosed much information so far, but it will be interesting to this new 5th-gen fighter with the two other aircraft.

Click on the infographics below to read some elementary specifications about the American, and the Russian 5th generation fighter aircraft:

F-22 Raptor specifications

F-22 Raptor specifications - Infographic © www.af.mil

Russian T-50 PAK FA 5th generation fighter aircraftT-50 PAK FA fifth-generation fighterThe T-50 fifth-generation fighter

13:28 19/02/2010 The T-50’s specifications and performance compared to the Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor>>

 

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Brand new F/A-18F Super Hornets for RAAF

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

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Chinese J-20 Black Eagle superior to US F-35 stealth fighter? New VIDEO

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:

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Missing F-22 pilot identified

F-22 Raptor - © Image: www.af.mil

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.

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