The Lockheed martin F-22 Raptor has for long to be claimed kommen sie be the best waiting superiority fighter ever before built, even prior to it was actually perfect American officials claimed that with its stealth an innovation it would outperform any kind of fighter that stood an its method without even being seen. But has this adjusted since its release bei 1997?


I would like to anfang by speak that the F-22 is a an extremely capable fighter, but due to the fact that its release in 1997, over there has come new rivals to die world, very many generation 4.5 jets schutz been built von both ns Russians, ns US, France, und Germany. Therefore even though the Raptor is in extremely good fighter, every fighter has actually flaws the others kann take advantage of, one fighter which zu sein capable des using die F-22’s weakness ist the German Eurofighter Typhoon. This zu sein what I bei der going to debate bei this article.

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Properties of the German generation 4.5+


EUROFIGHTER da drüben 2 throughout flight trials in 1999 prior kommen sie acceptance. – Photo: Sgt Jack Pritchard, RAF/MOD

The EF Typhoon zu sein a 4.5 generation multirole fighter which was introduced in 2003 von its creators BAE Systems, Airbus Group and Alenia Aermacchi whereby it showed off a delta soup setup v canards and a feuer new pair engine. The reason for it not to be a generation 5 fighter is the fact that that does not schutz stealth properties. Yet what the does oase which it was very new with wie it came zu sein its P.I.R.A.T.E – IRST (InfraRedSearchandTrack) system. This picks up heat changes approximately it and can by this spot subsonic plane as much away together up to 100km+(The Germans say). This means that the Typhoon can ausblüten shoot its advanced IR-tracking missiles hinweisen a target, also though its opponent has stealth features.

Features of the stealth king


Lockheed martin F-22 Raptor

But exactly how does this affect die raptor? us will first go over die Raptor’s features before we draw any type of conclusions. Ns F-22 Raptor ist a Stealth featuring fifth generation fighter built über Lockheed Martin und first presented über the united States’ wait Force an 1997. It has a diamond shame wing und has a Gatling total at ns right upright stabilizer (just like the Eurofighter) capable des shooting 100 bullets von second (!). The does not feature bei IRST system but instead hülle its faith bei the fact that no various other fighter (except for F-35) has actually stealth yet und therefore it only needs normal radar. It also features its unique Thrust Vectoring which gives the pilot die possibility zu change ns direction von the exhausts. This gives die Raptor really good turning-capabilities.

Who is really the best?

Now to the hauptsächlich point of this article: ist the German Eurofighter Typhoon premium to die F-22 Raptor? die topic has been commonly debated; numerous say that die EF Typhoon would certainly out battle ns raptor any day, whilst the Americans, of course, claim die opposite. The most used argument by ns Eurofighter lovers ist that during the Red-flag (an American cultivate exercise) in 2012 ns EF typhoon score a number von kills versus die Raptor. After ns exercise, the media of prozess only showed the story native one side von the allude because castle obviously would certainly sell much more newspapers if ns “supreme F-22” was shot down. However, this is what die pilots (of both sides) said:

“I go review the HUD footage, a lot of gunshots from the F-22’s to die Eurofighters and not a whole last coming back” – Unnamed USAF pilot.

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Whilst a German pilot called Marc grün said: “As shortly as sie get to the merge … the Typhoon doesn’t necessarily oase to fear the F-22”.

There would certainly be no point in putting too viel emphasis on ns pilot’s quotes, they kann sein obviously not be trusted, yet what is obvious ist that die F-22 has some weaknesses in close combat. Die reason weil das this ist that die F-22 has its thrust vectoring zu turn quickly und this gives it bei advantage in a dogfight, yet if that does not score a death then, it is in a gewächs of trouble, to say die least. This comes from die fact the once the Raptor has actually used its thrust vectoring it has actually lost a lot of speed, which significantly increases the change of the Eurofighter to score the kill.

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So sure, ns Eurofighter could be far better than the Raptor in a dogfight, however what us should notfall forget is that bei real battles over there are notfall very often dogfights, almost there practically never are. This way that an a ja wirklich fight the stands bolzen the Raptor’s radar und the Typhoon’s P.I.R.A.T.E. Then we have to look at the different ranges von weapons und radars:

Radar/Infrared verfolgung range:~220km~65km(because the Raptor has actually heat dissipating panels)
Practical radar range(this means punkt what range ns weapons room capable des hitting(still not 100%) ie. At what range ns targets are well designated):~180km~50km
Weapon range:~75km~50km
Countermeasures:FlaresChaff(like flares yet versus radar instead)

In ns table over we lakers that die Raptor is actually superior to a Eurofighter Typhoon in a real air-to-air battle. Ns 75km range des the Raptor’s Aim-120 AMRAAM missiles median that it kann choose kommen sie engage whenever that wants; even before die EF also knows over there is an F-22 bei the area!

To conclude this short article we kann say that the Raptor is ausblüten the king of the sky, even though it in dogfights has discovered a real competitor bei the German Eurofighter Typhoon. But it deshalb needs zu be stated that the EF Typhoon, a multi-role fighter almost beats the raptor, even though the Raptor was only built zum one point – Air zu Air combat.

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