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F-22 stealth fighters headed to Kadena

Date Posted: 2008-12-18

A dozen F-22 advanced fighter jets will be winging their way to Kadena Air Base next month, the second deployment of the stealth aircraft to Okinawa.
The Okinawa deployment is expected to be for three months, a U.S. Air Force official says. The aircraft, part of the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, made its first overseas deployment in February 2007 to Okinawa. The supersonic fighters are extremely maneuverable and evolve around stealth technology that makes them nerly impossible to detect by enemy gradar.
The F-22, designed as the fighter-of-the-future to replace aging F-15’s, is in limbo as the Pentagon backed off on a $140 million plan to build 20 additional aircraft. Instead, it is using only $50 million in Congressional funding to build four planes, leaving the F-22’s future in the hands of the next presidential administration.
“These deployments underscore the U.S. commitment to Japan as a vital regional partner,” and Air Force statement declared, “and signals U.S. resolve to ensure stability and security throughout the Pacific region.” In addition to the 12 F-22’s posting to Okinawa in January, another dozen will be deployed from Alaska’s Elmendorf Air Force Base to Anderson Air Force Base in Guam.

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