That article is BS and is intended to show that the F-22 can't be shot down normally, and can only be shot down if the F-22 pilot makes a mistake or doesn't know what they are doing.
The suggestion that the IIR sidewinder needs to see an AB in full power to get a lock is a load of rubbish and lends evidence to the fact that this story is probably just propaganda by a pro F-22 lobby group.
Perfectly on the mark GarryB, you have centered perfectly the (in reality very naive
) PR rational behind those types of claims
This type of low level "information smoke screen" ,which result even comical to any person with knowledge on those specific subjects, is obviously fundamental to maintain integer the totally constructed ,artificial image of F-22 sold abroad ,at its own time critical in the psychological and ,partially, in the strategic planning component of the military approach, against USAF , of potential enemy pilots and AD operatives.
Naturally when some type information not previously....how say that ? agreed ?
.... slip out ,unluckily even reaching some media, it is very urgently "silenced", dismissed and attentively rendered a taboo.
From : International Air Power Review ,year 2006, issue 20, page 45 :
"more recently, there have been repeated reports that two RAF Typhoons deployed to the USA for OEU trails work have been flying against the F-22 at NAS China Lake, and have peformed better than was expected. There was little suprise that Typhoon, with its world-class agility and high off-boresight missile capability was able to dominate "Within Visual Range" flight, but the aircraft did cause a suprise by getting a radar lock on the F22 at a suprisingly long rate. The F-22s cried off, claiming that they were "unstealthed" anyway, although the next day´s scheduled two vs. two BVR engagement was canceled, and the USAF decided they didn´t want to play any more."
"When this incident was reported on a website frequented by front-line RAF aircrew a senior RAF officer urged an end to the conversation on security grounds"
Someone is still surprised by the strange unmovable stance of USAF that,since this unlucky "incident", prohibit F-22 to participate in any BVR exercises with foreign aircraft ; at the end of day it...supposedly
... shouldn't risk anything in those type of situations ,above all with fighters equiped with not particularly powerful mechanically scanned radars (not a true monster like an SU-35S Irbis) ; an enagement like this one start at 180-250 km of distance and after some minutes ....supposedly
....the opposing aircraft would have been declared "shoot down" by the invisible raptor . Have i already said SUPPOSEDLY
? Very strangely this supposedly invisible and unbeatable aircraft
- at least in the odd claims of operatives with clear vested interests and totally incompatible with any known Physics model- has been discontinued only few years after its operative introduction and ,strangely, not employed also in the operation in Libya with the other NATO corresponding aircraft