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F-22 Raptors On Prowl! US Deploys Its ‘Best Fighters’ To Poland To Fortify NATO’s Defenses Against Russiα

To support NATO’s “air shielding” operations and to increase deterrence against potential Russiαn threats, the US Air Force is deploying its top-of-the-line F-22 Raptors to Lask, Poland.

On July 26, six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters from the US Air Force arrived at RAF Lakenheath, UK, on their way to Poland.

The US Air Force confirmed the F-22s’ arrival in a press release, announcing that they would be flying from Lakenheath to the 32nd Tactical Air Base in Lask, Poland, to support NATO’s air shielding mission.

In a July 17 interview with Air Force Magazine, the newly appointed USAFE commander Gen. James B. Hecker hinted about the F-22s’ appearance in Europe at the Royal International Air Tattoo.

Hecker stated that the USAF would send over F-22s within a month. The recent NATO summit in Madrid, where leaders outlined a new security strategy that considers the situation caused by Russiα’s unprovoked invαsioп of Ukrαine, resulted in plans to strengthen European defenses.

The local media reports also confirmed the arrival of six F-22s at RAF Lakenheath. The fighter jets will be tasked with assisting a new NATO mission once they land in Poland.

Air shielding drills aim to defend NATO countries against air and missile threats using airborne and ground-based air defense resources. The Air Force praised the Raptor’s capabilities for the mission, claiming that it can offer lethality and survivability against any new, advanced threats.

The F-22 Raptor is considered the first fifth-generation fighter. The F-22 is equipped with a 20 mm cannon, six AIM-120 radar-guided air-air missiles, and two AIM-9 infrared air missiles for air-to-air combat. The fighter can also be armed with two 1,000-pound Joint Direct Αttαck Munitions for air-to-ground combat.

Before that, the Air Force deployed F-15s, F-16s, F-35s, and other aircraft to Eastern Europe to participate in NATO’s air policing missions.

Furthermore, Marine F/A-18 Hornets from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) have also been “deployed to enhance NATO’s capabilities in Eastern Europe at the invitation” of Poland.