Rapid Raptor package: U.S. Air Force’s new concept for deploying four F-22 stealth fighters in 24 hours

Sep 29 2013 - 9 Comments

The U.S. Air Force’s 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, has conceived a new rapid deployment concept that allows to deploy a package of F-22s and supporting logistics to any forward operating base and have the stealth fighter jet ready for combat operations within 24 hours of deploying with a small logistics footprint.

According to Air Force Magazine, the 3rd Wing has tested this new rapid deployment package during several exercises and, although it is scalable, it is built around four F-22 airframes and a single C-17 Globemaster cargo whose role is to carry materials, munitions and maintainers in theater.

In a recent interview with Daily Report, Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Hawk Carlisle said that the Rapid Raptor Package denies the enemy the ability to locate the F-22s for an extended period by preventing adversaries from knowing from which airbases the only U.S. 5th generation fighter plane launch.

The agility of the new deployment package denies a potential adversary the ability to locate the F-22s for an extended period and make the precious assets less targetable.

It must be noticed that, even if such kind of deployment could be completed fairly easily, quickly and possibly in a stealthy manner, it involves just two pairs of Raptors, a ridiculous amount even for a small scale operation.

Few days ago, U.S. F-22 stealth fighter pilot taunted Iranian F-4 Phantom combat planes over the Persian Gulf.


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  • Steve Fortson

    Four F-22s wouldn’t do much, but why stop with just one flight? You could scatter several groups into the area quickly, and coordinate operations between them. That would give you more time to stay hidden because you wouldn’t have them all in one location. It adds complexity to the operations, but it aids survival.

    • sferrin

      Exactly! It’s rather frightening to consider that anybody would think that just because they only used one C-17 and four Raptors for the test that somehow that’s a physically bound limit or something.

  • Jon Jeter

    I think this is just a stopgap until the F-35 comes on line in sufficent quanities …

    • F-35 is the 21st century’s A-7

      • sferrin

        Says the guy who obviously hasn’t a clue what the A-7 was.

        • Chris B

          It was an F-8 with additional fatness.

  • germanlion

    I actually like the F-35 better than the Raptor. Although my only complaint about the F-35 is that she does not have thrust vectoring.

  • Robert Rodriguez

    Four F22s in the AO is a lot betterthan waiting for a larger force to arrive, which may be too late in some instances. Against a squadron of non-stealthy aircraft, four may be good odss for the F22s.

  • Charles Deleon

    The F22Raptor is into today time the #1 jet fighter of jet fighter. Tho the competition is good!! There some state of the art tech on our jet fighter that are not found on our adversaries. that includes advance radar technology are engines or design differently with situation awareness surrounding the plane. the jet fighter comes with a lot of classified information.And if you think this is hot!! the next jet fighter that being put together. Well, Can you imagine! You better be glad you are living in this country. U.S.A.