Some powerfull Lockheed Martin stuff was seen in the skies over Florida in the first weeks of November. The U.S. Air Force combined the capabilities of its Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptors and F-35A Lightnings during an operational integration exercise at Eglin Air Force Base.
Taking part were F-22s of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley, Virginia, and F-35As from Eglin based 33rf Fighter Wing. The purpose of the training was to improve integrated employment of fifth-generation assets and tactics. The training allowed both units to gain operational familiarization and capture lessons learned to improve future exercises.
According to the USAF, the F-35s and F-22s flew offensive counter air, defensive counter air and interdiction missions together, exploring ways to maximize their fifth-generation capabilities.
Those involved, say the F-22 and F-35 complement each other, with the F-22 being an air-to-air asset first and foremost, and the F-35A being a strike aircraft. This seems to contradict the recent use of the F-22 as a strike aircraft during anti-ISIS operations over Syria.
Integration of F-22 and F-35 capabilities is said to have worked ‘very well’. That’s good news for the US and its allies, and bad news for others.
© 2014 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest