Why was the F-22 not used in Libya?
All the hype claims it could operate even opposing SAM's and advanced fighters. Could it have been that we wanted a reason to fire cruise missiles at Libya?
Will the F-22 ever see combat?
Some additional information. Gen Swartz (USAF) said they would be used. Some F-22's were held in the UAE for that purpose but were never used and were released for redeployment.
What they are developing is a better ground attack capability for its radar. It can communicate fine.
I see, we could fly F-15's from Italy but not F-22's from the closer UAE.
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
Possibly for security reasons. We lost an F-15 to a mechanical failure, had that happened to an F-22 we would have had a much higher security risk.
If they are afraid to use them we might as well not have them. It's possible we will never use them.
- 9 years ago
The F-22 is an advanced American fighter Jet, if you haven't noticed already America does not want to take any military action against Mr Gaddafi's regime, instead handing over the no fly zone to the United Kingdom, France and the rest of NATO hence why you probably only see Typhoons, Harriers, Tornadoes, Mirages etc.
- Anonymous9 years ago
We had an aircraft carrier and a helo carrier in the area and used U.S. Navy fighter/bombers with helos standing by for rescue. Also, the French had their carrier Charles Degaulle. Why fly F-22's all the way to Libya from Aviano Air Base in Italy. There were plans on using them, but that was put on hold.
- jeeper_peeper321Lv 79 years ago
Because the F-22 does not have the same communications links, as other fighter aircraft do.
So for things like flying patrol missions, they cannot talk to other aircraft.
The F-22 was designed for two reasons.
1. as an escort for B-2 bombers
2. As a counter air, raid force.
Both situations call for communications blackouts, so no external comminications were needed.
IE: they can hear, they just cannot transmit to other aircraft.
B., yes that was a stupid thing to do, when designing them, and a upgrade is already in the works
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- 9 years ago
No need for it. Libyan air force isn't that advanced. Also apparently it costs lots more cash per flight of f-22 than f-15 or f-16
- Mark FLv 79 years ago
There is nothing for the F-22 to do in Libya.
- FrankLv 79 years ago
How do you know that it wasn't used?
The F-22 is better as a threat than a reality. If one F-22 crashed for any reason, Libya would show it off as a trophy, and the threat would be completely neutralized.
Yes, knocking the missle sites out is strategically better than sneaking past them.
- NeoNerdLv 79 years ago
There was no need of it. Ground attack aircraft were the priority. Libya does not have advanced fighters.
- Elizabeth BLv 59 years ago
The same reason you don't wear your best suit to mow the lawn. Why waste good technology on such a pathetic little conflict?