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The F-22 Raptor (aka Alien, Rapier, or SuperStar) is one of the best fighters in the Ace Combat series, stat-wise. It is the main aircraft on the cover for most of the series (for Air Combat, 04,X, and Joint Assault). F-22 variants have been featured in all Ace Combat games with the exception of Ace Combat Advance. It is a stealth fighter aircraft designed to replace the F-15C Eagle. Its premier payload and high maneuverability are also reasons why it has good reputation. The F-22 is the flagship plane for almost every Ace Combat game so far.

Description

The F-22 was first flown as the YF-22 in September 29, 1990 as part of the ATF program along with the YF-23A Black Widow II. After a hard-fought fly off, the F-22 was declared the winner in August 1991. The Main production version of the F-22 Raptor (also known as the Lightning II, the Rapier and the SuperStar until April 9, 1997) first flew on September 7, 1997. This version entered service in December of 2005. It's primary role is as an Air Superiority fighter, similar in effect to the F-15C/D Eagle that it was slated to be replace. The missiles on the the aircraft were stored in pockets under the wings on the side and on the middle of the belly. The F-22 was also known as the F/A-22 in 2002. This is due to the fact that the Raptor has a secondary ground-attack role. Another great roll that it could have played was as an carrier based variant for the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford as seen in some pictures and articles. However, the name changed back to F-22A on September 12, 2005. Some of the best traits of the F-22A Raptor are its super-advanced AESA (Active Electronically Scanned Array) radar, advanced missiles and its supreme performance. It has a supercruise that is normally around Mach 1.5, but can reach at top of Mach 1.8 without afterburners. Its true top speed is still classified. It also has superb agility due to its high thrust-to-weight ratio, high angle of attack, low wing loading, advanced "fly-by-wire" control, and thrust vectoring nozzles. The F-22 is truly a match for any other fighter, even the exclusive Su-37 Terminator. Interestingly, a scenario created by RAND described a situation where a Raptor could be splashed by a group of Su-35's when the Sukhoi's downed the Raptor's tanker support. This study was later proved to be highly inaccurate, due to the Raptor's clear performance advantage, and the Raptor solidified itself as the deadliest air dominance fighter in the world today.

Armament

Standard Weapons

  • Gun: 1x 20mm Martin Marietta M61A2 Lightweight Vulcan Cannon
  • Missile: AIM-9M Sidewinder

Special Weapons

  • GPB: GBU-31 JDAM (AC4 & ACZ) or GBU-28 Paveway III (ACX)
  • QAAM: AIM-9X Sidewinder (AC6, ACX2)
  • XMAA: AIM-120B AMRAAM (AC04, ACZ)
  • SOD: AGM-154 JSOW (ACZ, ACX & AC6)
  • XMA6: AIM-120D AMRAAM (AC6)
  • XMAA: AIM-120D AMRAAM (ACX, ACX2)

Aces

  • Mobius Squadron (ISAF/AC4, AC5-Arcade)
  • Abell (FEAF/AC4) Grey with FEAF SP Paint scheme
  • Falco (AAF/ACX)
  • Bergvogel (Mountain Bird) (BAF/ACZ)
  • Adler (Eagle) (BAF/ACZ)
  • Ritter (Knight) (BAF AWWNB/ACZ)
  • Mobius (Possibly Mobius 1. Only appears in the Gauntlet on Ace mode if Espada Squadron is shot down in under a minute) (ISAF/ACZ)
  • Aquila (AAF/ACX)
  • Gryphus 1 (AAF/ACX)
  • Pain (LAF/ACX)
  • Pegas (EAF/AC6)
  • Unicorn (EAF/AC6)
  • Ceres (EAF/AC6)
  • Mobius One (EAF, possible non-canon appearance) (AC6, Ace of Aces)
  • Gryphus One (AAF) (AC6, Ace of Aces)
  • Antares Squadron (Martinez Security) (ACX2)
  • Gryphus 1 (Valahia/ACX2)
  • Mobius 1 (Valahia/ACX2)
  • Bishop (USAF/Ace Combat: Assault Horizon)

Stats

Ace Combat 5/Zero

  • Speed: 83
  • Mobility: 88
  • Stability: 82
  • Defense: 66
  • Air to Air: 96
  • Air to Ground: 59

Ace Combat 6

  • Speed: 89
  • Mobility: 85
  • Stability: 82
  • Defense: 66
  • Air-to-Air: 96
  • Air-to-Ground: 59

Ace Combat X

  • Speed: 78
  • Air-to-Air: 54
  • Air-to-Ground: 84
  • Mobility: 84
  • Stability: 78
  • Defense: 66

Comparable Aircraft

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Start a Discussion Discussions about F-22A Raptor

  • What's up with the F-22A?

    5 messages
    • PS: F-15 Silent Eagle is based on the research made with the f-22. It will have awesome A2A capabilities for a Gen4.5 fighter/bomber, Smal...
    • HPAAs and QAAMs launch straight off the rails from the central bay just because thats how they're programmed to launch with every other pl...
  • F22 Level 9 --> 10

    3 messages
    • Planes get 2 slots for each category at lvl 6 and 1 more for lvl 15, which the F-22 doesn't (currently) have access to.
    • Well that sucks. Thanks.
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