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    The US Deployed F-22 Raptors in 2023 to Counter Russian Aerial Provocations

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    In 2023, the US military strategically deployed F-22 Raptor fighter jets to the Middle East in a decisive move to counter Russian aerial provocations.

    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)

    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.

    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.”

    FILE PHOTO — The F-22 is an air-superiority fighter with improved capability over current Air Force aircraft. From the inception of the battle, the F-22’s primary objective will be to establish air superiority through the conduct of counter air operations. The F-22 also has an inherent air-to-surface capability. A combination of improved sensor capability, improved situational awareness, and improved weapons provides first-kill opportunity against the threat. (U.S. Air Force photo)

    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.

    An F-22 Raptor soars through the air July 1, 2010, on its way home to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The first two F-22s, the U.S. Air Force’s most advanced fighter jet, were dedicated July 9, 2010, at a ceremony here. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Gustavo Gonzalez)

    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.

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    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Sept. 21, 2008) An F-22 Raptor shows the crowd how it remains stealthy while carrying weapons in flight by cycling it’s weapons bay doors during the 50th Anniversary Naval Air Station Oceana Air Show. The three-day event marked 50 years of air shows at NAS Oceana and included performances by the Navy’s flight demonstration team the Blue Angels and the Navy’s parachute jump team, the Leap Frogs, as well as a variety of aerial demonstrations and static displays of military and civilian aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Edward I. Fagg/Released)

    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,

    Two F-22 Raptors fly over the Pacific Ocean after a refueling mission March 9, 2009. The Raptors are deployed from Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, to the 90th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. During their deployment, the stealth fighters, along with associated maintenance and support personnel, will participate in various exercises that provide routine training in an environment different from their home station. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald/Released)

    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.

    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.

    Relevant articles:
    US deploys fighter jets to Middle East after ‘unsafe and unprofessional behavior’ by Russian planes, cnn.com
    F-22 stealth fighter jets are back in the Middle East as a US commander warns of ‘buffoonery’ by Russian pilots, Business Insider
    F-22 vs Su-57: Can Russia Beat America’s Most Incredible Stealth Fighter Ever?, nationalinterest.org
    F-22 fighter jets head to Middle East amid tensions with Russia, Air Force Times, Jun 15, 2023

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