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gideonic wrote:Yeah i just wondered, whether you would like us to answer or email the info directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
popcorn wrote:Even though the odds of using an advanced air-to-air missiles over Syria are pretty low, another important addition to the F-22’s payload is the latest generation AIM-9X (already integrated in most of US combat planes since 2003): on Mar. 1, 2016 the 90th Fighter Squadron (FS) officially became the first combat-operational Raptor unit to equip an F-22 with the AIM-9X Sidewinder.
mangler-muldoon wrote:As far as OPSEC is concerned, Syria aught to be a goldmine for both the U.S. and Russia with respect to collection on each other's latest hardware. Open sources are unlikely to change that. Arguably, the most relevant Update 5 enhancement to Syria, which includes AIM-9X Block I separate from Increment 3.1 (3.2B adds AIM-9X Block II), is Mode 5th to 4th generation IFDL capability (IFDL GWY Mode). Without a BACN aircraft in the vicinity, Raptor pilots previously had to resort to using VHF/UHF radio to communicate with older aircraft:
"The fourth and fifth gen pilots have figured out 'how to integrate tactics…without that shared data link' through the use of 'contracts' regarding who will do what and when. The pilots are then 'able to pass very specific things over traditional UHF [and] VHF radios, to where not only can we execute the mission, but…at the same level, as if we were sharing information perfectly'”. - http://www.airforcemag.com/MagazineArch ... 316f22.pdf
Same article also states F-22s have been able to operate within close proximity to Russian and Syrian forces without being detected:
"Russian and Syrian pilots are 'interested' in the F-22, and may have tried maneuvering close by to see how the jet operates, but 'because of our sophisticated avionics and…stealth and…supercruise and maneuverability,' there’s 'not a time where we allow Syrians or Russians to see us or influence us in any way without us choosing for them to do that,' Anhalt explained. He said there were 'some incidents…early on' in which F-22s had to steer coalition air packages away from the Syrian or Russian jets and 'we were very close to them and they never realized it'." [emphasis added]
Does the Update 5 IFDL 5th-to-4th capability assume a Freedom 550 radio on the 4Gen platform?
mk82 wrote:The Russians must be alarmed that F22s could operate near their forces undetected. Makes them realise how far behind the 5th generation curveball they are
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