The F-22 Raptors did not deliver ordinance as part of the strike package but were providing overwatch for American ground forces in Syria. According to Capt. Mark Graff, spokesman for AFCENT, the Air Force component of U.S. Central Command, "Thanks to its unique fifth-generation capabilities, the F-22 was the only airframe suited to operate inside the Syrian integrated air defense systems, offering an option with which to neutralize [integrated air defense system] threats to our forces and installations in the region and provide protective air support for U.S. coalition and partners on the ground in Syria."
So much for Russian claims of overwhelming success in intercepting U.S. cruise missiles. If they had activated an air defense system radar, an F-22 would have responded with alacrity. Click here for more.
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