Sunday, June 7, 2020

#DefenceBlog - follow to keep what is going in the military community

Designers of Russian Su-57 stated that F-22 can’t be used to support ground operations


The designers of the Russian Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet, including Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau Mikhail Strelets, stated that U.S. F-22 Raptor can’t be used to air-to-ground and support ground operations.

According to Russian specialists, who developing Su-57 multi-functional aircraft, the US-made F-22 fighter jet is don’t capable of effectively accomplishing missions to destroy ground targets. US Raptor aircraft that are focused only on specific tasks of air combat.

“The F-22 was initially developed as an aircraft to gain air superiority. But eventually, the Americans realized that it was essentially wrong to design the aircraft only for carrying air-to-air missiles and made an attempt to fit air-to-surface weapons into the existing configuration of its compartments. But the configuration of the compartments did not allow placing larger cargoes,” Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau Mikhail Strelets also said in a live broadcast of the Zvezda TV Channel on Friday.

Russia’s cutting-edge Sukhoi Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jet incorporates the functions of the US F-22 and F-35 fighter planes but outperforms them, Chief Designer – Mikhail Strelets added.

It remains unclear what the Director of the Sukhoi Design Bureau meant, but the well-known that F-22 Raptor was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but also has a ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities.

For its support ground role, an F-22 fighter jet can internally carry two 1,000 pound-class GBU-32 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) with the Global Positioning System-guided or eight 250 pound-class GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, two AIM-120C, and two AIM-9 missiles in the internal weapons bay.

Also on F-22 can be fitted four under-wing pylon stations to carry weapons, each with a capacity of 5,000 lb (2,270 kg). However, if mounted, external hardpoints will compromise the stealth of the fighter. The pylon itself is designed for minimal impact on aircraft performance. If it becomes necessary for the pilot to jettison the external stores, the entire pylon is jettisoned along with the tank or missile launch rails. The pylon has an aft pivot, so when the stores are jettisoned, the forward attach point is released first, the pylon rotates on the pivot, and then the aft pivot is released. This motion allows the pylon, along with the tank or launch rail to clear the aircraft when it is released into the slipstream.

F-22A fit check of the GBU-39/B Small Diameter Bomb (USAF Photo).

F-22 Raptor Weapons

It is also worth recalling that F-22 complete its first combat mission in 2014. The mission involved targeting and striking an ISIS command and control building in Syria. According to news reports, the mission was a success.

The Aviationist also released photos showing one of the 12x F-22s belonging to the 95th FS from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, with 15 barely visible bomb markings.

The bomb silhouettes (on the airframe serialled AF05-086) represent GBU-32 1,000-lb JDAMs (Joint Direct Attack Munitions).

If you wish to report grammatical or factual errors within our news articles, you can let us know by using the online feedback form.

Executive Editor

Trending News

German army tests new MG4 A3 machine gun

Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are currently testing a new variant of MG4 A3 light machine gun, according to a recent service news release. The German Federal...

National Guard deployed to Boston to help quell riots

The U.S. National Guard members arrived in Boston late Sunday night to help quell riots that erupted in the city. Clashes with police, vandalism and...

U.S. National Guard to deploy troops across 15 states

According to latest media reports, hundreds of people were arrested as protesters and police clashed in cities across America after the killing of George...

General Dynamics secures $3,4 billion contract for Hydra rockets

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, was awarded a $3,4 billion contract by the U.S. Army Contracting Command on...

Related news

BAE Systems selected to provide autonomy capabilities for DARPA’s Squad X program

Lockheed Martin has awarded BAE Systems a contract to provide key autonomy and artificial intelligence capabilities for DARPA’s Squad X program. Squad X prime contractor...

U.S. Navy active duty patrol squadrons completes transition to P-8A Poseidon

The U.S. Navy has announced that its active duty patrol squadrons have successfully completed transition from the P-3C Orion to the newest maritime patrol...

German army tests new MG4 A3 machine gun

Germany's armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are currently testing a new variant of MG4 A3 light machine gun, according to a recent service news release. The German Federal...

Kongsberg awarded contract for air-to-air pylons for F-35

Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS (KONGSBERG) has signed a contract with Marvin Engineering worth 136 MNOK to supply air-to-air pylons for the F-35 Joint...