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Lockheed Martin's Raptor is cleared for deployment anywhere in the world

Lockheed Martin's F-22A Raptor has been officially cleared for operation in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. Langley Air Force in Virginia is now home to 12 combat-ready Raptors. It has been a long road for the Air Force's successor to the F-15 Strike Eagle. The first flight of the prototype YF-22 took place on September 29th, 1990 and the aircraft was officially named the F-22 Raptor in April of 1997. 

The F-22A employs advanced stealth technology that was pioneered on the F-117 Nighthawk and has the ability to "supercruise" at speeds up to Mach 1.58 without the use of afterburners with its twin Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 turbofan engines. The fighter has the ability to obtain Mach 2+ with the use of its afterburners.

The F-22A is also one of the first operational fighter planes to feature an all-glass cockpit with no traditional round gauges serving as a backup. And for you CRT fans out there, sorry -- the Raptor uses six LCD screens instead of CRTs due to their lower power requirements.

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Bunker Busters Anyone???
By codeThug on 1/16/2006 6:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
"Lockheed Martin's Raptor is cleared for deployment anywhere in the world"

perhaps a certain persian country?

"officially cleared for operation in both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions."

perhaps to deliver said Bunker Busters to a select few underground installations maybe??

Naaa, that's too obvious...

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By Lifted on 1/16/2006 6:33:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nahhh, we won't be in Iran anytime soon. We've already shown we can barely go into one country, so much so that even Bush isn't dumb enough to try to go into two at the same time. Iraq also had a non-existant army at the point we went in, while Iran's is at it's normal capacity, which is probably not at the numbers it was at when they were going at it with Iraq, but I'm sure it is still a reasonable force.

If they decide to drop some bombs on Iranian installations, then
A) they'd use B-2's or F-117's
B) the Iraq "insurgency" would suddenly start getting a lot of donations from Iran and most other Arab nations.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By codeThug on 1/16/2006 7:28:54 PM , Rating: 3
"Among the bombs the Israeli air force will get are 500 one-ton bunker busters that can penetrate two-meter-thick cement walls; 2,500 regular one-ton bombs; 1,000 half-ton bombs; and 500 quarter-ton bombs."

This has already happened.

Plus, according to some sources, the U.S. is preparing bases in Azerbaijan. Which just happens to be directly north of Tehran. And lets see, as I recall we are also to the West and East of Iran.

And lets not forget about the carrier groups to the south of Iran in the Arabian sea.

I don't know, just a hunch...

Oh yeah, I forgot about the 80+ F16 fighters that have just been deployed to the gulf in the last few days.

Probably all coincidence however...

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By creathir on 1/16/2006 8:00:18 PM , Rating: 3
You my friend... need to open your eyes.
We can barely go into one country??
What the hell is wrong with you? It was the QUICKEST removal of a government in modern history. We were in downtown Baghdad within a month. F-A-S-T. The dictatorship and its government are TOTALLY gone, yet "we can barely go into one country"? And the difference between Iraq/Iran are this:
1. Iraq was not as westernized as Iran is
2. Iran is ready to overturn its government
3. We would not be sending ground troops in... It would not be a "removal of power"... you are talking about installations being destroyed to prevent the bomb from falling in the hands of the terrorists.
4. Iraq DID NOT have a "non-existant army"... did you pay ANY attention... The estimates were that we were going to loose TENS OF THOUSANDS of troops to the most "modern army in the middle east"... Them and China were ranked as number 2 and 3 behind the US in terms of "military might"... Yet we kicked their ass... imagine that...

Oh, and also, we have taken down TWO extreme regimes since 9/11... TWO...
But as you say...
"We can barely go into one country"

- Creathir

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By DeathSniper on 1/16/2006 8:08:55 PM , Rating: 2
You might want to ask someone who's currently serving or awaiting retirement about how 'combat-ready' we are for another "war".

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By codeThug on 1/16/2006 8:37:35 PM , Rating: 2
I don't disagree at all with your statement, but we may have little choice. Letting nuclear weapons get into the hands of some Islamo-whackjob entity could be REALLY horrific.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By MiGGinZ on 1/19/2006 12:51:06 PM , Rating: 2
As is letting a moron rule one of the worlds biggest military powers and taking us into WW3 and the US into the biggest economic decline its ever faced.

One more war and the US as we know it is over and will more than likely become a 2nd world nation.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By bob661 on 1/19/2006 3:11:20 PM , Rating: 2
Enconomic decline? Which part of the US is this economic decline?

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By Lifted on 1/16/2006 8:13:33 PM , Rating: 3
Iraq number 2 behind China? Welcome to 1990 :)

Iraq's military strength (weapons, tanks, aircraft, radars, missles, etc.) was, at best estimates, 1% of what it was in 1990 thanks to over a decade of sanctions. I don't know where you get your information from, but start looking elsewhere.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By Lifted on 1/16/2006 8:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
And I especially like how consider Afghanistan equal to Iraq or Iran. We scared out the Taliban and handed the country over to the drug lords. Way to go USA!

Clearly dropping some bombs on a few "bunkers" Iran is quite different than removing their government, which would make what we are going through in Iraq look like a weekend at Disneyland.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By shuttleboi on 1/16/2006 11:39:14 PM , Rating: 2
If you are so excited about military weapons, why aren't you in the army right now serving in Iraq? Oh that's right, you're a goddamn coward hiding behind a computer.

RE: Bunker Busters Anyone???
By ceefka on 1/17/2006 7:27:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don't think Bush will have the window of opportunity if his ambition is to take on Iran. Will the next president will share that ambition? My guess would be : no.

It will probably be another year before any significant numbers of US-troops can leave Iraq because the job is not finished yet. It is still an unsafe and unstable country.

I have no idea what how many there are in Afghanistan, but that's not finished either.

To stay on topic: this is one helluvah machine. Just hope it doesn't have to throw its weight about.

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