Moseley explained that the rationale behind Raptor’s redesignation as plain F-22 vice F/A-22 is simple: F/A is not really part of present-day Air Force nomenclature. He went on to say that it would have been equally reasonable to designate the new fighter with an RC or RW because its sensor and avionics suite is so powerful that it’s as capable as a Rivet Joint signals intelligence aircraft or a Compass Call electronic warfare aircraft, or many others in the intelligence-surveillance-reconnaissance field. “We had no desire to call it an RC or EW or an F/A/EW/RC-22 something,” said Moseley.
Feb. 24, 2024
Timely aid for Ukraine, particularly long-range weapons, is critical to western security, CSIS panelists said, suggesting the war in Europe could end in 2025 if either side runs out of resources.