Taking off from Al Dhafra air base in the United Arab Emirates in late September, American F-22s from the 27th Squadron of the First Fighter Wing dropped 1,000-pound satellite-guided weapons against ISIS positions near the Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates in northern Syria. This was considered the first combat mission conducted by the Raptors. Global Times noted however that the planes did not carry auxiliary fuel tanks and had to be refueled by a KC-10 tanker in midair.
Global Times said the F-22 has demonstrated the capability to destroy all fourth-generation fighters including the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18 during past Red Flag exercises. The Global Times gave its verdict however that the F-22 is not as good as other fifth-generation stealth fighters such as the Eurofighter Typhoon and Dassault Rafale.
Furthermore, F-22 pilots do not have a helmet-mounted display to assist in close-aerial combat against other fifth-generation stealth fighters. Nor does the F-22 have a proper airborne infrared search and track system, due to cutbacks in the US military budget, Global Times said.
The report thus concluded that the F-22 would be vulnerable against China’s Chengdu J-20 at close quarters.
Full article: China’s J-20 can beat F-22, Global Times claims unconvincingly (Want China Times)