Btw, thanks for the informative reply. So you think that Russian Federation will be able to "hold off" and "repel" a full scale USAF assault......successfully.
There wouldn't be an attack in the first place.
Very simply the F-22 is not for Russia, it is to pinch oil from Libya when Libya starts buying S-300s and Flankers.
If the F-22 ever crossed the Russian border in anger the result will very quickly become nuclear.
Putin himself has already said that current conventional military options are accurate enough to be comparable to nuclear attack in terms of decapitation, so any conventional attack by NATO on Russia would be considered a nuclear attack and be replied in kind.
Very simply the goal of any attack would be assumed to be aimed at taking out Russias nuclear deterrent capability before they could use it. The obvious response is to use it before you lose it.
F22 is a game changer and only lion in the jungle until Pakfa comes out in 2015.
Not even slightly. It is a very expensive conventional weapon that can only have one purpose against Russia and therefore can't be used... just like a Minuteman III.
Game changer is a stupid term, war is not a game. Most of the time it is murder for property or possessions. Recently it has been on moral grounds which is even worse.
Even if you consider war a game, what is a game changer? Does it suddenly become Soccer?
Will the F-22 suddenly allow the US to do what it wants? It does that anyway. Will it suddenly be able to invade countries and not lose all its fighters to enemy action? It is already doing that.
Will it make North Korea and Iran so scared they will work even harder on nuclear weapons to try to defend themselves? Probably.
Will it be invincible and make America never lose in combat ever again... I doubt it.
Will it help in Afghanistan and Iraq? Nope.
Will it cost the US taxpayers enormous amounts of money never go any where near Russia or China and currently be grounded because of problems with oxygen generation systems? Yup.
Once ABM is in full swing, then Russia's ability to counter strike will diminish by alot and that is why Russian high command is really worried.
The US ABM system is not really a threat as such, in its current form it is pathetic and can easily be fooled. The problem is that being sea based with potentially thousands of missiles, and being unregulated and unlimited that eventually it might evolve into something that the US might think is more effective than it is. This makes it dangerous because the US might get to the point where it thinks in combination of a first strike with stealth and SLBMs located close to Russia that much of Russias nuclear capability could be neutralised to the point where the ABM shield could stop the remainder.
The problem is not that it will stop the Russian retaliation, but it will make the conflict more likely in the first place.
And the new Russian ICBMs should have no trouble evading US ABM systems for several decades to come, though if plans for the US ABM systems around the world go forward I can see Russia withdrawing from the New Start and INF treaties and putting nukes into large scale production.
Regarding the lack of Russias ability to invade the US... just shows what poppycock all that cold war crap about the threat of the Soviet Union was all about... nothing.
Russia used to be an imperial power but since WWII the only imperial powers are the west.
so because both J's have gps/intertial/laser based targeting support and these can be updated while in flightalso.
To hit their targets they need to get lower though...