The state of the art fifth generation fighter aircraft, the F-22 Raptors returned home after completing their debut combat tour in the Middle East. The Raptors were part of the extensive air power deployed by the U.S in the region in its expanded Was on Terror.
The Middle East tour was the first operational theater for the F-22 Raptors operating out of the Langley Air Force Base, Virginia under the command of the U.S. Air Forces Central area of responsibility. Before being deployed to the Middle East, the Raptors saw overseas training exercises in Japan at the Kadena Air Base and at the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam.
According to Lt. Col. Lance Pilch (Commander, 27th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron),
“We didn’t know how the jet was going to perform or react, given the temperature differences as well as the dust, sand and wind. But we were able to fly more sorties than we scheduled for, so the F-22 actually exceeded expectations.The F-22 has so many capabilities, from overall air dominance to relaying situational awareness to putting bombs on target. So when it becomes our turn to come here and support the troops on the ground, now we know: the Raptor is ready.”
The F-22 Raptors conducted training sorties in the Middle East alongside fighters from other participating countries such as France, Jordan, Pakistan and England. After the flawless performance given by the Raptors, the U.S Air Force is keen on deploying the fighters on more training exercise, at the same time, extending the air superiority of the coalition forces in the theater.
Via Defense Talk.