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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 07:55 PM

U.S. Amasses Stealth-Jet Armada Near Iran

By David Axe

The U.S. Air Force is quietly assembling the world’s most powerful air-to-air fighting team at bases near Iran. Stealthy F-22 Raptors on their first front-line deployment have joined a potent mix of active-duty and Air National Guard F-15 Eagles, including some fitted with the latest advanced radars. The Raptor-Eagle team has been honing special tactics for clearing the air of Iranian fighters in the event of war.

The fighters join a growing naval armada that includes Navy carriers, submarines, cruisers and destroyers plus patrol boats and minesweepers enhanced with the latest close-in weaponry.

It’s been years since the Air Force has maintained a significant dogfighting presence in the Middle East. During the 2003 invasion of Iraq Boeing-made F-15Cs flew air patrols from Saudi Arabia, but the Iraqi air force put up no resistance and the Eagle squadrons soon departed. For the next nine years Air Force deployments to the Middle East were handled by ground-attack planes such as A-10s, F-16s and twin-seat F-15E Strike Eagles.

The 1980s-vintage F-15Cs, plagued by structural problems, stayed home in the U.S. and Japan. The brand-new F-22s, built by Lockheed Martin, suffered their own mechanical and safety problems. When they ventured from their home bases in Virginia, Alaska and New Mexico, it was only for short training exercises over the Pacific. The F-15Cs and F-22s sat out last year’s Libya war.



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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:00 PM

1. If America attacks Iran then say good bye to America

Iran is NOT Iraq and WWIII will happen

and I will include Saudia Arabia and Israel will be the first losers

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Response to lovuian (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 08:12 PM

2. But how else are we going to find out if the F-22 works....

we have to use them sometime or people will say we wasted a Trillion dollars on nothing.

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