Cool footage of Raptors refueling during an air strike in Iraq.
The following footage was shot on Jan. 30, 2015.
It shows F-22s belonging to 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force Base refuel over the Persian Gulf from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 while participating in a coalition air strike on a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device factory.
Along with SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defense) platforms the Raptor stealth fighters are now embedded in standard coalition strike packages as “electronic warfare enabled sensor-rich multi-role aircraft”: they can enter a target area, gather details about the enemy systems with their extremely advanced onboard sensors (including an Active Electronically Scanned Array – AESA radar), share the picture and enemy information with other tactical assets, command and control planes and AWACS, escort other unstealthy planes or drones towards the targets taking care of any air threat and even attack their own targets with PGMs.
Top image credit: U.S. Air Force
Oh, okay. Cause for a second there I could have sworn I thought I was hearing that we’re a country in decline, needing desperate reform, spending $140 million dollar aircraft that cost nearly $60k per hour to operate, to bomb people without toilet paper, driving Toyota command/control pickups….