U.S. F-22 Raptor stealth jets currently in Germany to move to Poland on Monday

An F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft taxis after landing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Aug. 28, 2015, as part of the inaugural F-22 training deployment to Europe. The F-22s are deployed from the 95th Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., as part of the European Reassurance Initiative and will conduct air training with other Europe-based aircraft while demonstrating U.S. commitment to NATO allies and the security of Europe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Chad Warren/Released)

It looks like the F-22s may move to Poland. Soon.

According to the Polish Media outlet Głos Wielkopolski, the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor fighters belonging to the 95th Fighter Squadron, from Tyndall Air Force Base, that arrived at Spangdahlem airbase on Aug. 28, will be deployed to Poland next Monday Aug. 31.

The U.S. jets are going to be involved in joint training with the Polish F-16 fighters and information published by Głos Wielkopolski suggests that the Raptors are going to be stationed at the Polish 32 AB in Łask (a news confirmed by the base spokesman according to Scramble).

The arrival of the four F-22s marks the beginning of the inaugural Rapid Raptor package deployment in Europe: the type has often taken part in rotational deployments in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009, to show the presence of Washington’s 5th generation stealth jet around the disputed islands in the South China Sea, while some are also taking parting in the air war against ISIS.

Some analysts speculate the Raptors were not deployed in Europe earlier because of the risk of close encounters with Russian ELINT jets above the Baltics and the resulting disclosure of some sensitive information pertaining the Raptor, a risk the stealth jet face all around the world, actually.

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

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7 Comments

  1. Open season for snoopers and f-22-hunters? vlo detection is a big game and growing market since 1991.

  2. Interesting that they always have it with drop tanks and without the rivets covered in tape. Looks like they don’t want anyone learning what the real clean radar profile would be, which makes sense.

    • It’s still wearing it’s reflective luneburg lenses too (on the belly between landing gear). They’re intentionally making it unstealthy.

      • Good catch. Adds to my theory that they don’t want anyone to know the real wartime radar profile yet.

  3. The Raptors are wearing Luneburg lenses. The US is specifically making them unstealthy for that purpose.

  4. There’s nothing they can learn they don’t already know. The aircraft are specifically carrying their reflective lenses so they’re not stealthy.

  5. Do we know if the F-22 is actually capable of/certified for carrying some version or derivative of the HARM (AGM-88?)?

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