On 31 October 2020 USA President Donald Trump approves to sale F-22 Raptor fighter jets to their ally nation Israel.
America has sold its entire weapon to all of its friends and Ally nations but they have never given their F-22 raptor because it is very much advance than any other aircraft. F-22 is a game-changer for America and no other countries have succeeded to build an aircraft almost close to it. This is the first time U.S.A has decided to give its most advanced aircraft F-22 to any country.
Israel is already operating U.S F-35 Lightning. U.S.A made this decision to counter Iran and Turkey which is a common enemy of the U.S and Israel. As U.S.A cannot engage with Russia, China, Iran, and Turkey at the same time, so it has decided to strengthen Israel. Recently Israel has signed peace and diplomatic deal with U.A.E and Bahrain with U.S help.
Now the U.S wants to raise Israel as a superpower in Middle-East so it is necessary to provide full military and technological support to Israel. Soon there may be diplomatic relations be started between Israel and other Arabic nations and Israel may rise as the biggest military power in Asia. Israel’s rise will certainly hurt Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran.
It is a basically 5th Generation, Double engine, Stealth, multi-role air superiority fighter Aircraft designed by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and Boeing Defence of United States of America. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics company was being founded by Allan Lockheed and Malcolm Lockheed who merged with Martin Marietta in 1995. Its headquarter is at Fort Worth, Texas, United States. This company’s Parent is Lockheed Corporation which was founded in 1926.
Its model and body are designed by Northrop Grumman. It is built by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. Its First official flight was being conducted on 7 September 1997 and finally introduced in U.S Air Force on 15 December 2005.
Today it is being used by U.S Air Force. But soon Israel Air force will also get its first batch.
It was developed from the existing technology of YF-22. Its production was started in 1996 and lasted till 2011. Till today a total of 195 F-22 Aircraft has been built.
The program cost is nearly US $ 68 billion. Its unit cost is the US $ 150 million.
This aircraft is designed and manufactured by Lockheed Martin. F-22 is a twin-engine, 5th generation, stealth, fighter aircraft. It is a heavyweight aircraft with weight of 19,700 kg. It is has a medium size. Its length is 18.92 meter, width is 13.56 meter and height is 5.08 meter. It could carry a weapon load of 12,000 kg and cruise with a speed of Mach 2.25. It has a range of 2,960kilometres. It has a total of 10 hardpoints to carry missiles and rockets. There is a total of 195 F-22 Raptor built till today.
|Country of Origin||U.S.A|
|Length/Width/Height||18.92 m/13.56 m/5.08 m|
|Weapon load||12,000 kg|
|Fire Range||2,960 km|
|Hardpoints||10(4 internal, 6 external)|
|Number of Planes built||195|
Why F-22 Raptor is better than the F-35 Lightning?
F-22 was made in 1997 and F-35 was built in 2006 but still, F-22 is far better than F-35 in terms of technology and performance.
This was the only reason that the U.S did not give this aircraft to any other country. F-35 fighter Jets is a 5th generation Single engine Stealth Aircraft Whereas F-22 is a 5th generation Double engine Stealth Aircraft. F-35 is better in Dog fights and Close combats whereas F-22 has better arms and avionics. F-22 has greater speed and greater Range than F-35.
Both F-35 and F-22 are Stealth Fighter i.e. cannot be caught by Radar but F-22 is bigger in size and also has more Speed and more Fire Range than F-35. F-35 is Cheaper and has a better fuel economy and better BVR. F-35 has better handling and better manoeuvre.
F-35 and F-22 both have 10 hardpoints each but F-22 can carry more Payloads.