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In what can be considered a fact after a remark by US air force secretary Deborah James in the Pentagon, US F-22 Raptor fighter jets are preparing to deploy to Europe. The move is aimed at showing Russia that the US is concerned about Moscow’s increased military activities over the last few years, especially those in Ukraine. The arrivel is planned for Friday 28 August, flying directly from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.
No time, date or specific destination were mentioned for the F-22, the aircraft that saw its combat debut only last year during the start of operations against IS over Syria. The state-of the-art Raptor did deploy to Japan a few times already as a show of force to North Korea.
If the F-22s indeed fly to Europe, likely hosts are RAF Lakenheath in the UK or Spangdahlem airbase in Germany. The latter hosted a batch of US Air Force A-10 attack aircraft earlier this year.
© 2015 Airheadsfly.com editor Elmer van Hest
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