March 19, 2009

I will see your air defense system and raise you a Raptor

Via NRO. Sell F-22 Raptors to Israel.

Yips! from Robbo: Mr. FLG calls "bullshite" on this on the grounds that the F-22 is an air-superiority fighter and thus of no use against either Iranian air-defense systems or the nukes they would be guarding. Not being savvy to the tactical ins and outs, I leave it to the better informed to either confirm or rebut this position.

YIPS Back: the fine folks at Global confirmed the Raptor's ground attack capability. The question which comes to mind is whether a Raptor can carry the type of munitions needed for a pre-emptive strike on hardened facilities and maintain its stealthy characteristics.

More Yips! from Robbo: Well, I dunno nothing about birthing air raids, but surely you'd send the Raptors after the defense system first and then whatever else you need to hit the nukes?

Super-Smackdown Yips: Further reading today indicates the export controls on the Raptor prohibit sales to foreign countries--not even the Aussies.

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