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    American F-22 Raptors Respond to Russian Provocations in Middle East in 2023

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    2023 In an assertive move to counter Russian aerial provocations, the US military has strategically deployed F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the Middle East.

    The US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced this development following a series of ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ maneuvers by Russian aircraft, escalating concerns over potential miscalculations and confrontations in the already volatile region.

    The decision to station the F-22s, drawn from the 94th Fighter Squadron based at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, comes amid a discernible uptick in aggressive Russian flight patterns. Notably, Russian pilots have flouted previously established airspace deconfliction measures and engaged in risk-heightened behavior, particularly in and around Syria. These incidents include attempts to engage in dogfights and the overflight of US troop positions by Russian jets armed with air-to-surface weaponry.

    A 90th Fighter Squadron F-22A Raptor escorts a Russian TU-95 Bear flying near the Alaskan NORAD Region airspace Nov. 22, 2007. This marked the first time a Raptor was called upon to support the ANR mission. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    According to CENTCOM commander Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, “Russian Forces’ unsafe and unprofessional behavior is not what we expect from a professional air force. Their regular violation of agreed-upon airspace deconfliction measures increases the risk of escalation or miscalculation.”

    Lt. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, commander of US Air Forces Central, emphasized the necessity of the Raptors’ redeployment due to the escalation in Russian pilots’ unprofessional conduct. These actions have been perceived as attempts to undermine the coalition’s enduring defeat-Da’esh operations, as stated by a US Air Forces Central spokesperson.

    The reintroduction of the F-22s serves as a multifaceted show of US commitment to regional security. These advanced stealth fighter jets, originally designed for air superiority and capable of a wide range of operations from ground attack to electronic warfare, are expected to act as a deterrent against further escalation by providing a robust airborne presence. Their arrival is a clear indication that US military officials view Russia’s maneuvers as attempts to intimidate American forces and potentially endanger ground troops, necessitating a display of formidable aerial firepower.

    FILE PHOTO — An F-22 Raptor in full afterburner during flight testing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. The Raptor is the replacement for the F-15 Eagle. It is the most advanced fighter aircraft in the world, combining a revolutionary leap in technology and capability with reduced support requirements and maintenance costs. The F-22’s integrated avionics gives it first-look, first-shot, first-kill capability that guarantees U.S. air dominance for decades. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    In this tense geopolitical environment, the presence of the F-22s showcases the US’s capability to rapidly re-posture forces in response to emergent threats and emphasizes the nation’s unwavering commitment to securing regional stability against disruptive actions by adversarial powers.

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    An F-22 Raptor flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23 on a routine training mission. The F-22 is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)
    An F-22 Raptor shoots out a flare during an air combat training mission Jan. 15. The F-22 is deployed to Kadena Air Base, Japan, from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va., in support of U.S. Pacific Command. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Clay Lancaster)
    This F-22A Raptor from the 27th Fighter Squadron “Fighting Eagles” located at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, fires an AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) and an AIM-9M sidewinder heat-seeking air-to-air missile at an BQM-34P “Fire-bee” subscale aerial target drone over the Gulf of Mexico during a Combat Archer mission. The unit was deployed to Tyndall AFB, Florida to support the Air-to-Air Weapons System Evaluation Program hosted by the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron also located at Tyndall.
    The USAF F-22 Raptor the seen at the 2017 Royal International Air Tattoo at Royal Air Force Fairford in Gloucestershire – the largest military airshow in the world.
    CAMP SPRINGS, MD, USA – SEPTEMBER 19, 2015: The F-22 performs during the 2015 Joint Base Andrews Air Show held at Joint Base Andrews in Camp Springs Maryland.
    Gifu, Japan – Nov 10, 2019. JASDF Mitsubishi F-15J Eagle flying for display at Gifu Air Base (RJNG). The JASDF carries out combat air patrols around Japan.

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