F-22 Raptor jets have arrived at Lakenheath yesterday for training with other Europe-based US aircraft and NATO allies.
While in the European theatre, the F-22s will also forward deploy from the United Kingdom to other NATO bases to maximise training opportunities and ‘deter any actions that destabilise regional security’.
Although an RAF station, Lakenheath hosts United States Air Force units and personnel. The host wing is the 48th Fighter Wing (48 FW), also known as the Liberty Wing.
The 62ft long F-22 is capable of twice the speed of sound and can reach 50,000 ft. Each of the jets costs $143 milion. It has advanced electronics intended to allow it to track and attack airborne threats before it is itself detected and is highly manoeuvrable.