I thought the reason that F-22s weren't deployed to Libya were due to the logistics problems involved with the stealth coating on the aircraft. I read somewhere that they need to be in special climate-controlled hangers, though I may be confusing it with the B-2.
F-22s aren't really needed in Libya, right? It's not like Libya has an air force worth worrying about.
nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1700 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 5158 times:
It's more because F-22s can't transmit on the standard Link-16 data link most coalition aircraft use and they aren't really much of a ground attack aircraft anyhow. Plus, you sure don't want to risk F-22 parts showing up at the local bazaar when there's no real need for the plane in this operation.
It'll be different in North Korea. You'd probably see the 22s escorting the B-2s in a real war.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2812 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4988 times:
If there was a conflict where the F-22 was less needed, I couldn't think of one.
Don't forget, the Russians are in the med with electronic listening ships. No need to fire up the F-22 radar or to give them any good idea of the true stealth signature. All interception missions so far have been flown with external tanks, and clean configuration flights have radar reflectors attached...
par13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 6499 posts, RR: 8 Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 4633 times:
Quoting bikerthai (Reply 4): "Get away from me boy, you are attracting too much attention".
I would get into the colour thing and day and night flying but, the shooing away is good, works for me
Bigger question to the experts on this site, how many knew of this limitation in the F-22 communication suite and how were they planning on overcoming that with the F/A version that was proposed, add another few billion?
We know CAS is not the Air Force mantra, maybe they had new tech on the way which would allow one way communication when conducting ground missions.
On the other hand, the Air Force I guess was always jealous of the navy sub commanders who go out on missions and listen only, finally they got the same thing for a few billion less, go figure the Air Force jealous of the navy.