30 Apr '12, 10pm

F-22s in the UAE May Just Be There for an Exercise, Really: This is interesting, David Cenciotti tapped the airc...

David Cenciotti tapped the aircraft spotter universe and realized that the F-22s that are in the Middle East are, based on their tail numbers Block 30 F-22s; meaning the birds aren’t equipped with the gear to perform air to ground attacks. If true, it punches a hole in the theory that the planes would be used to help kick in Iran’s front door. Yes, the jets could still be used to escort long range B-2 stealth bombers, but it really does look like the Raptors and F-15Cs are in the Gulf region to do some joint air-to-air combat exercises (that,conveniently, also give Iran a reminder of our military capabilities) not as part of a potential strike force.

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2012/04/30/f-22s-in-the-uae-may-ju...

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