F22 Raptor

ATNS, SACAA PARTNER WITH DRC AVIATION ENTITIES The F-22 Raptor

One of the most expensive fighters in the world, undertook and successfully completed a combat mission for the first time ever in Syria on 22 September.

The Raptor, which cost $79 million to develop, has not been used since becoming operational in 2005, before it was sent out to hit an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) "command and control building."

The flight of the F-22s delivered GPS-guided munitions, targeted only the right side of the building, destroying the command and control center where it was located in the building.

The stealth F-22 has had chances to fight before during USAA during Air Force operations in Iraq and in Afghanistan as well as its role in the no-fly zone over Libya in 2011 – but in each case the Air Force said the high-tech jet was not an “operational requirement.”

Previously F-22 Raptors have been reportedly stationed at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates, one of the Arab nations that the military said participated in the strikes against ISIS in Syria.

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