16 Apr '18, 8pm

In Syria Strike, F-22 Raptor Once Again Left on Combat Sidelines

In Syria Strike, F-22 Raptor Once Again Left on Combat Sidelines

The F-22 Raptor is fast developing a reputation as the aircraft that gets left behind during combat ops. The Air Force fifth-generation stealth fighter was not flying alongside a pair of B-1B Lancer bombers that dropped missiles on Syrian targets. Nor was it conducting overwatch in the area as the bombers for the first time deployed the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range in combat during Saturday's strikes against a chemical lab and two equipment facilities, according to U.S. Air Force Central Command. "Among the options considered, leveraging the B-1B to launch stand-off weapons from outside Syrian airspace was the preferred [course of action] for a number of reasons, including minimal risk to aircrew and aircraft, and the precise destructive capability of the JASSM-ER," spokesman Lt. Col Damien Pickart told Military.com on Monday. While British Tornado ...

Full article: https://www.military.com/dodbuzz/2018/04/16/syria-strike-...

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