"You're either fifth-generation or you're an expensive target," one expert told Insider.
"While there is a strain on our units, I will tell you that they're managing it very, very effectively," Air Force Lt. Gen. David Krumm said.
A high-profile part of China’s ongoing military modernisation is the J-20, the country’s first stealth fighter jet. The J-20, likely based on stolen US designs, looks a lot like the US Air Force’s F-22, but appearance isn’t the only similarity between the two fifth-generation fighters. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
For the better part of a century, US pilots have fought to control the sky over battlefields all around the world. Fighter aircraft have always been at the leading edge of those battles, and the US has fielded some of the most advanced fighters ever built. Visit Business Insider’s homepage […]
The F-22 is one of the most sophisticated fighter aircraft in the world, but like any aircraft, the Raptor needs maintenance to keep flying. A regular task for Air Force maintainers is a deep clean and inspection of F-22 cockpits to find corrosive elements and replace them with new hardware. […]
US aircraft have scrambled several times this year to intercept Russian planes flying around Alaska. Those aircraft, sometimes flying with Canadian fighters, get up close with Russian planes – sometimes for hours at a time. “We can see each other. They know that we’re there,” F-22 pilot 1st Lt. Brett […]
The Royal Air Force’s Red Arrows flew over the Hudson River near the island of Manhattan on Thursday, passing New York City landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. “You see on a map with New York on there, and you’re about to fly down the […]
China and Russia say their radars, early warning systems, and detection assets can spot American fifth-generation stealth fighters like the F-22 and F-35. Stealth fighters can be detected at certain points on the electromagnetic spectrum. Targeting the aircraft is a bit more difficult though. Fifth-generation fighters feature a combination of […]
Russian strategic bombers with fighter escorts twice tested US air defences in two days with flights off the coast of Alaska. On Tuesday, Russian Tu-95 long-range bombers entered the Alaskan Air Defence Identification Zone for the second time this week, NORAD said. The US was forced to scramble F-22 stealth […]
Two sets of two Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers, one of which was escorted by a pair of Su-35 fighter jets, were intercepted off the coast of Alaska on Monday. Four US Air Force F-22 stealth fighters supported by an E-3 Sentry aircraft were sent out to shadow the Russian […]
The Defence Department calculates the hourly reimbursement cost for each branch’s aircraft – rates used to charge nongovernmental organisations or civilians for events, such as flyovers at sporting events. The Air Force plane with the highest rate is the E-4B airborne command center, which costs $US73,123 an hour. Heavy bombers, […]
A Russian lawmaker said this week that Su-57 stealth jets will be two and a half times cheaper than F-22s and F-35s, despite the varying price tags of the US aircraft. The Russian lawmaker’s comments came after Moscow late last month ordered a dozen Su-57s, which are expected to be […]
The Air Force has a different kind of plane for every task, but its fighter jets are often its most visible aircraft, carrying out a variety of missions over any kind of terrain. The first F-15 arrived in the early 1970s, and the highly advanced (though technically troubled) F-35 came […]
With Russia and China beginning to field stealth jets, Business Insider sat down with Michael Kofman, a military analyst, to get his impressions on how they match up with the US’s stealth planes. Kofman said Russia’s Su-57 didn’t match the stealth capabilities of the US’s F-22 or F-35 but would […]
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Australia is now home to the US military’s F-22 Raptors, widely considered the best fighter plane in the world. On Wednesday the US signed a deal for Australia to host the F-22 and other military assets, as America gets “ready to confront” China over the disputed South China Sea. Northern […]
An F-22, the single most expensive fighter jet...