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The arrival of these fifth-generation stealth fighters comes as US troops, equipment, and military assets are being deployed to deter Iran.
With a range of between 1,500 and 2,000 nautical miles, the Valkyrie far outranges US stealth fighters or fighters of any kind.
US stealth jets train for high-end combat in the Pacific, as a furious China flaunts ‘carrier killer’ missiles
F-22 fighters and B-2 bombers are the US's most high-end platforms, designed to work as "door kickers," or the opening punch in a war.
The jet with Russia's "digital shark" paint scheme will soon simulate air combat against US fighters like F-15s, F-22s, and F-35s.
Today's F-22s, J-20s, Su-35s, and other highly maneuverable jets give the guns an "extremely limited use" in combat, a former Marine said.
Air Force F-22s and B-2 bombers are prowling the Pacific to send a message — and the photos are stunning
As China builds up its anti-access capabilities, the US has two of its most powerful penetration aircraft training in the Pacific.
Russia's Sukhoi fighter/bombers have enviable maneuverability and serious dogfighting capability, but only the US and China have produced true stealth fighters.
Lockheed engineers will determine the fate of the F-22s ravaged by Hurricane Michael at Tyndall Air Base
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said of the F-22s left at Tyndall Air Base: "I’m not ready to say it can all be fixed, but our initial review was perhaps more positive than I anticipated ... in light of the amount of damage."
Even if all F-35s and F-22s turn out fine, the loss to Tyndall Air Force Base, where stealth fighter training takes place, represents a huge setback to US air dominance on par with losing a big battle.
Hurricane Michael: Devastating photos show how Tyndall Air Force base and its F-22 Raptors got rocked
A "number of aircraft were left behind in hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons, and all of those hangars are damaged," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said, according to Military.com. And some of them may be F-22 Raptors, the Air Force's prized air superiority fighters.