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F-22 Raptors On Prowl! US Deploys Its ‘Best Fighters’ To Poland To Fortify NATO Defenses Against Russiα.
On July 26, six F-22 Raptor stealth fighters from the US Air Force arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, UK, on their way to Poland.The US Air Force confirmed the F-22 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 air shielding mission.
The fighters are from the 90th Fighter Squadron of the 3rd Wing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.
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 Attack Munitions for air-to-ground combat.
The air shielding mission provides NATO eastern borders with additional air and missile defense capabilities beyond those already in place before Russiα invaded Ukrαine in February. According to the US Air Force, the air shielding acts as a barrier “from the Baltic to the Black seas.”
The US Increases Its Presence In Eastern Europe
This is the latest in a series of deployments of US fighters to eastern Europe in an attempt to safeguard NATO allies on the eastern flank. In early July, the air shielding mission was supported by the forward deployment of F-35 from the Vermont Air National Guard to Amari Air Base, Estonia.
Before that, the Air Force deployed F-15, F-16, F-35, and other aircraft to Eastern Europe to participate in NATO air policing missions.