US F-22s fly over Middle East despite any ‘operational necessity’

U.S. Air Force handout photo of two F-22 stealth fighters

… from Press TV,  Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: No Sherlock Holmes needed on this story. The Air Force is just trying to crank out some operational time statistics using the F-22 in the US coalition for a task it was not designed, which makes it a hugely expensive artillery system — $412 million per aircraft and a high maintenance cost.

This is a typical problem when there is a “limited” war, everybody wants to get a piece of the action. For pilots, it is combat missions. The Air Force does not have a lot of these planes in operational squadrons, as many have been worn out over the years through training hours needed to keep pilots current on their skillsJim W. Dean ]


The United States’ highly-advanced aircraft, F-22 Raptors, keep flying over Syria and Iraq although their deployment is not an “operational necessity,” says an Air Force spokesperson.

“The F-22 isn’t an operational necessity,” ABC News quoted Major Tim Smith as saying on Monday.

More than $80 billion have been spent on the aircraft, which is apparently too advanced for the US alleged fight against Daesh Takfiris.

Smith still described F-22 as “one of the great tools that can be used in this conflict to deliver airstrikes with precision.”

According to US Air Force Captain Joseph Simms, “The F-22s have been instrumental in taking out a lot of high-value targets.”

“We have generally been tasked to target and destroy Daesh [ISIS] training camps, vehicle-borne improvised explosive device manufacturing and storage facilities, fighting areas, various [Daesh] headquarters facilities and oil distribution capabilities,” Simms said.

The Raptor was designed and developed in the late 1980s and 1990s to counter Russian and Chinese military might but its funding was cut off in 2009 as every plane cost over $400 million.

“The F-22 is clearly a capability we do need — a niche, silver bullet solution for one or two potential scenarios — specifically the defeat of a highly advanced enemy fighter fleet,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said at the time. “[But] the F-22, to be blunt, does not make much sense anyplace else in the spectrum of conflict.”

The aircraft has stealth capabilities to “operate much closer to non-coalition surface-to-air missiles and fighter aircraft with little risk of detection,” an unidentified squadron commander said in a US Air Force press release last July.

Since September 2014, the US along with some of its allies has been conducting air raids against what are said to be the Daesh terrorists’s positions inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate. The air assaults are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against purported Daesh militants in Iraq, which started in August 2014.


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2 Responses to "US F-22s fly over Middle East despite any ‘operational necessity’"

  1. captain obvious  March 2, 2016 at 4:50 am

    ok for them to make a bunch of money to go up in smoke like a crack addict..
    “hey lets deficit spend to devaluate EVERYONES dollars and tax them for that TOO!”
    (as the crowd cheers “USA-USA!”, jam deniuses.)

  2. Donald Moore  March 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    Well that is good that the US is helping Russia. The more they fly the F-22 over Syria the better the chance that the Russians could tune there radars so they can lock onto the F-22. Please remember that stealth does not make a plane invisible but harder for a radar to lock onto the plane. Also remember that what ever man can make, man can destroy. I’ve read that they already have radar’s that can find a stealth plane but they are having trouble locking onto one, its only time till they will figure that out then those 400 billion dollar white elephants will be a waste of money. I once read a US Admiral say when the US is done buying the F-35 the Navy is looking for a replacement for the F-14. They want a plane that has the range and payload like the F-14 and said it would not be a stealth plane because he believe that by the time the new fighter got up and running stealth would have been figured out and it would not be any sense spending so much for an aircraft that could be found and locked onto.

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