The United States Sends 12 F-22 Raptor Fighter Jets to Poland, For What?

F-22 Raptor is a fifth generation fighter jet made in the United States. This fighter jet became the first fifth generation to be born in the world. With a combination of stealth, speed, agility, weaponry makes the F-22 Raptor very lethal in the air.

Interesting Engineering said the F-22 Raptor was first developed in 1997. The F-22 was the most powerful fighter jet at that time, combining supercruise functionality, supermaneuverability, and sensor fusion. Built with stealth capabilities not without reason, the Raptor can operate very “hidden”.

Aircraft design with wings that are perfectly aligned with the horizontal stabilizer. The design was built to reduce radio emissions, infrared signals, acoustic signals so that they are difficult to detect by radar. The F-22 Raptor was developed to revolutionize the way fighter jets are built and operated. Because with two Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines that produce more thrust.

With it, the F-22 Raptor can accelerate to speeds of Mach 2 or more than 2,000 km / h. Flying supercruise can even maintain its supersonic speed without using afterburners. Built indeed to be an air superiority fighter jet.

That is, the F-22 Raptor is tasked with gaining and maintaining control over enemy airspace. To be able to do that, this stealth fighter also carries a variety of advanced ammunition such as the AIM-9M Sidewinder short-range air-to-air missile. Coupled with a 20 mm M61A2 gatling gun with 480 rounds.

Interestingly, the F-22 Raptor never left the United States. That is, this fighter jet is not for sale to the global market. According to the most frequently used reason, America doesn’t want the Raptor’s sensitive technology to fall into other countries. However, Defense24 reported that there were already 22 Raptors flying in Poland. The 22 fighter jets were stationed at the 32nd Tactical Air Base on ask.

The purpose of the American fighter plane to Poland was to conduct joint flight training with Polish F-16s. Although the exercises are not carried out every day, Raptors and F-16s are reportedly flying in European airspace.

Recently, he did training in Slovakia, Estonia and the coast of the Baltic Sea. They have also reached Germany and Southern Europe. And the arrival of F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Poland means only one thing. That is Poland’s ally, wants to strengthen air power in the eastern regions of NATO countries. This is in accordance with the NATO summit in Madrid. Along with Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, they all flew together.

By sending the Raptors, the Poles will learn tactics and work together. In addition, the Raptor is a “container” for Poland to adapt to the more technically modern F-35. According to sources, the Polish pilots are carrying out 24-hour combat duty fully armed with F-16s alongside F-22 Raptors.

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