Jpg” alt=”f-22 raptor” data-mce-source=”US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.” data-mce-caption=”An F-22 Raptor maneuvers after being in-air refueled by a KC-135 Stratotanker April 25, 2014, over the US Central Command area of responsibility. “>
The US’s F-22 doesn’t visibly store weapons, and it relies on stealth, so coming face to face with an advanced Russian fighter puts it at a disadvantage.
A pilot intruding into US or US-protected airspace and meeting an F-22 really has no idea whether the jet is armed. What’s more, the Russian Su-35 can actually maneuver better than the F-22. The capabilities of the F-22 and of its pilots, who stand among the Air Force’s best, would surely give it a chance in such a fight.