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November 8, 2019

The Lockheed Martin F 22 Raptor is considered
to be the most potent fighter in the world. But it had one major flaw – it couldn’t
communicate with other platforms seamlessly. The US military is very much aware of it and
things are now going to change. 13 years after entering service with the U.S.
Air Force, the F-22 Raptor will be able to voicelessly communicate with warships, ground
forces and other jets. The U.S Air Force and Lockheed Martin plans
to start installing Link-16 datalink to Raptors in 2020. The full fleet of F 22, roughly 180 will have
this installed in a phased manner. In this video, Defense Updates analyzes why
adding Link-16 datalink to F 22 Raptor will be a game-changer for U.S Military? Let’s get into the details. This video is sponsored by the free-to-play
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ship and three days of premium account time as a bonus. Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a fifth-generation,
single-seat, twin-engine, all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the
United States Air Force (USAF). The result of the USAF’s Advanced Tactical
Fighter (ATF) program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but
also has a ground attack, electronic warfare, and signal intelligence capabilities. F 22 Raptor is the first operational aircraft
to combine supercruise and super-maneuverability. Supercruise is the ability to have sustained
supersonic flight without having to use the highly inefficient afterburners. With this F 22 can intercept targets which
subsonic aircraft would lack the speed to pursue and an afterburner-dependent aircraft
would lack the fuel to reach. F 22 incorporates super-maneuverability which
makes it a capable dogfighter. Its agility can be gauged from the fact that
it can pull off highly demanding areal maneuvers like Pugachev’s Cobra. This is possible due to very powerful dual
Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 after-burning turbofan engines. The engine can be considered as an engineering
marvel since American rivals are still finding it difficult to develop something like this. Russian Su 57 is facing issues in this department
and using the AL-41F1 engine used in Su 35. The serial production of more powerful engine
known as the Izdeliye 30 has seen multiple delays. Even with that, it may not be able to super-cruise
at more than Mach 1.6. Chinese J 20 uses Russian AL-31F engines which
is the predecessor of AL-41F1 and has till now struggled to make an indigenous engine
suitable for a 5th generation aircraft. F 22 Raptor is developed from grounds up to
be stealthy. F22 is the stealthiest fighter ever build
& has very low RCS (Radar Cross Section) of only 0.0001 m2. It achieves this due to its structural design
as well as the use of Radar Absorbing Materials (RAM). It can’t be detected by most radars. So, it can strike without the enemy knowing
it is there in the first place. China and Russia have found it very difficult
to master stealth even today. Reports have emerged that a Sukhoi Su-30MKI
of the Indian Air Force managed to detect the Chinese Chengdu J-20 jet fighter. To know more, check the video on the above
card. This elevates doubts about the Chinese fighter,
which was already regarded as a decorated 4++ generation fighter by many experts. India last year decided to stop working with
Russia on the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft program, or FGFA. FGFA was deemed to be an improved & customized
variant of Su 57. One of the main reasons for this is that the
Su 57 was found to have suspect stealth capabilities that can’t be fixed with small changes. As per some analysis, Su 57 has an RCS of
0.01 m2 which makes it around 100 times larger on the radar when compared to F 22. One of the most important aspect of a fighter
aircraft is its radar. Radars are like the eyes for them. There was no budget limitation when the AN/APG-77
radar was developed for F 22 Raptor. No compromises were made and this keeps it
at the top even today. The AN/APG-77 radar features a low-observable,
active-aperture, electronically scanned array that can track multiple targets under any
weather conditions. It has a range of around 400 km against 1
m2 target. This radar can also be used for electronic-attack
by focussing its signals on the enemy to overload their sensors. The radar changes frequencies more than 1,000
times per second to resist jamming and has Low Probability of Intercept meaning that
the enemy has no warning that a radar lock has been achieved against it. With AN/APG-77, F 22 Raptor can gather a lot
of data and some experts have said that the Raptor pilot has “God’s Eye View” of the
battle-space. But Raport can’t share this view with other
platform and this is where Link-16 comes in. Link 16 is a military tactical data link network
used by the U.S, NATO and nations allowed by the MIDS International Program Office (IPO). Its specification is part of the family of
Tactical Data Links. With Link 16, military aircraft as well as
ships and ground forces may exchange their tactical picture in near-real-time. Link 16 also supports the exchange of text
messages, imagery data and provides two channels of digital voice (2.4 kbit/s and/or 16 kbit/s
in any combination). Link 16 data communications standards and
technology were developed in the U.S. JTIDS program, which began in 1975. The first JTIDS terminals or Class 1 terminals
were large and were installed only on AWACS and in U.S., U.K., and NATO ground-control
facilities. Smaller JTIDS terminals (Class 2) were also
developed. But these were still bulky and pretty costly
which prevented wide-scale deployment – only a few fighters were equipped with these. Then the MIDS program was created to put small,
lightweight Link 16 terminals on the U.S. and participating allies’ fighter aircraft. Under MIDS, Low Volume Terminal (LVT) and
Fighter Data Link (FDL) terminals were acquired and this provided the ability to have Link
16 in fighters like F-15, F-16, and F/A-18. Link 16 is a TDMA-based secure, jam-resistant,
high-speed digital data link which operates in the radio frequency band 960–1,215 MHz With the Link 16 Raptor will be able to share
the data it is capturing with other platforms. The Air Force was looking to resolve the data-link
problem issue for some time now. But complex procedures and technicalities
prevented a quick move. The breakthrough came in 2017. Till then the US Air Force was using the ‘Waterfall’
model of development. It the conventional approach in which large
changes are made in one go after every component is ready. For 2017 onwards, ‘Agile’ development
methodology was embraced. It allowed for small incremental updates to
be pushed quickly. Upgrades that could take decades or longer
can now be accommodated in years with this approach. The agile approach has removed the bottleneck
paving the installation of Link 16. It is to be noted that even today F 22 can’t
be exported to any country as per American Federal Law which is a stark contrast to other
fighters including the F 35. It still possesses many secrets. F-22 will now be used to the fullest of its
potential and it will also take up the role of
a force multiplier.


  • Reply Steve ROGERS November 7, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    First 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Reply MAGA ZOG November 7, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Fuck you.

  • Reply Sannidhya Balkote November 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    First time this early

  • Reply Another Mary Sue Sjw Superhero November 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    What took so long? The F 16 had link 16 in the early 2000s.

  • Reply myron huddleston November 7, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    We need to build 1000 F-22's . Not doing so would be stupid .

  • Reply Dividend Income November 7, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Merica!! 😎🇺🇸💪🏼

  • Reply Future Glory Of Zion November 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm


  • Reply Alexandr Noskov November 7, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I only recently realized how much American technology is vulnerable to Russian electronic warfare. The Russian will press the button and American planes will fall from the sky.

  • Reply Hari November 7, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Farsightedness of Americans. Take a bow

  • Reply Dylan White November 7, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Why turn a classic car with steam gauges into a super car with a touch screen when the battery life will be depleted before it can start it's first test drive

  • Reply Sannidhya Balkote November 7, 2019 at 3:45 pm

    Good work link 16 will boost the situational awareness of Allies

  • Reply Sannidhya Balkote November 7, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I sometimes get horny after F-22 raptor videos ,
    Can anybody help me???😁😁

  • Reply Montgomery Burns November 7, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    The password for Link 16 is "password". Just FYI. Oh… hang on… there are some Air Force guys knocking on my front door, for some reason… BRB…

  • Reply M87 November 7, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    The raptor is the sexiest fighter ever made.

  • Reply William Dawson November 7, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Amazing Aircraft Fighting Machine. I am proud it belongs to us. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • Reply Matthew Baynham November 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Russia and China have massive capabilities in computer hacking so I'm sure if the US goes to war against anyone else then they will be OK with the Link16 installed. Unless Russia or China give support to whoever the US goes to war against.

  • Reply NotJo November 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    The only down vote was from the F35.

  • Reply Feral Samoyed November 7, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    I ❤️ The Raptor.

  • Reply Professor Dantez November 7, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    These videos are basically the same 😂

  • Reply shaquille mccray November 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    F-22 is by fall the sexist jet fighter ever made.

  • Reply Brian Coley November 7, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Does it have Helmet Mounted Sights? Can it fire Sidewinder missiles off boresight using said HMS? Does it have a Infra Red Search and Track sensor? Those are pretty important operational omissions coming up to 2020!

  • Reply shaquille mccray November 7, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Kneel before America

  • Reply rancid sausage November 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Iran could take all of the usa’s air force out within hours of a war starting.

  • Reply Udit Vaishnav November 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    S 400 can kick raptor's ass badly.

  • Reply Aurα вírdч November 7, 2019 at 4:32 pm


  • Reply Rodnell Alcika November 7, 2019 at 4:51 pm


  • Reply M S November 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    Damn. Once again a lot of talk off topic. Supercruise, radar crossection, SU-57, Indian radar J-20 intercept, Indian cooperation with Russia etc.<–all of these are off topic and subjects to different episodes on this channel. You got to the point after 50% of the video. In my opinion you should get to the point between (10..30)% of the video.

  • Reply The FBI November 7, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Fuck you pieces of shit!

  • Reply M S November 7, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    Wouldn't it be better to send data over LTE G4 network? It seems to have better params. 🙂

  • Reply Thiessen Yang November 7, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    The f22 20 years later and is still the BEST! Fighter there is.

  • Reply Alexandr Noskov November 7, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    It would be great if the United States flew to the Russian "airplane biathlon" on the F-22. It would also be interesting to look at Abrams in the case. It’s a pity, but we will never see this, because the US is very afraid of losing. 😉

  • Reply Thiessen Yang November 7, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    SU 57 0.01
    F 35 0.005
    F 22 0.0001

  • Reply Jayesh Percy November 7, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    And finally some Chinese dweeb who can barely see will hack it

  • Reply KillerNinja0911 November 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    The US may restart the F22 program. This jet is a masterpiece.

  • Reply fred sanders November 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    They need to make f22 drones made out of light weight strong durable flexible polymers that are heat resistant therefore they will be extra light and engine thrust can be used to carry a larger payload

  • Reply Mr Allan November 7, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Too many gd ads. If this continues… will have to unsub!!!!!!!

  • Reply Kevinis Maximus November 7, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I thought it was 4th gen not 5th? Cool

  • Reply Aurobindo Ghosh November 7, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    5g goes to war

  • Reply akshay rao November 7, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Please make a video on kill switch in weapons, how european countries secretly black mail our govt. Importance of indigenous weapons.

    reference Kill switch

  • Reply tentimesful November 7, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    It is a very good jet fighter, but it misses out on being a aircraft carrier jet… Maybe the next generation will combine its strength and being to land on aircraft carriers…

  • Reply The Generalist November 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    A Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Joint (MIDS-J) radio that replaces the current Link-16 receive-only box is expected to be operational by 2020. Ref. I didn't realize the Link 16 was download only.

  • Reply United Hindu Organization November 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Who will become our next US president tell me in my comment section ( SUBSCRIBE US )

  • Reply geemailMossman November 7, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Sexiest fighter ever made in my opinion…

  • Reply Jason Armstrong November 7, 2019 at 5:47 pm

    I love the F22, but you have to wonder what they have in DARPA in the shadows Because they stopped making the F22 is it an Anti Gravity Craft? Or hypersoniccraft? What do you think?

  • Reply Grigorije Vlahovic November 7, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    What I find really weird is that there is an export ban on the F-22 but not on the YF-23 (which is according to US gov. sources more stealthier then F-22 , but somewhat less maneuverable) , the manufacturer even tried to offer it to Japan when they wanted to buy F-22. WTF?? O_O

  • Reply Chris Estabon November 7, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    This channel sucks. You put a minute or less of content in the video that relates to the actual title then you fill the video with ads and stuff from other vids to get it just past the 10 minute mark so you can get a higher CPM.

  • Reply MrPickledede November 7, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Russian and Chinese weapons are always claimed to be great but in fact really suck

  • Reply tthams73 November 7, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    The raptor CANNOT pull off the cobra maneuver!

  • Reply Andrew Gonzales November 7, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Yes a su30mki may detect stealth but getting missle lock is another story.

  • Reply JOE BLOW ME November 7, 2019 at 6:28 pm


  • Reply Doc74 November 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Finally !

    It is absurd that it is done only now 😐

  • Reply The Courier November 7, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Next they’ll install Windows 10

  • Reply Guns, Gadgets & Guitars November 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    If detected it's 100 x's smaller on radar than the SU-57. WOW! 🇺🇸👍

  • Reply Gretal Turdberg November 7, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Love the F22, but I don’t believe everything said here.

  • Reply AcidBot66 November 7, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Gee, that is great…
    Please send some to Afghanistan urgently.
    Our boys are been spanked by Taliban Goat Herders armed with little more than rusted AK47s for nearly 20 years, may be some air power can impose some respect on this tribal people.

  • Reply helenHTID November 7, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    It's just a shame these things can't be produced again or even majorly upgraded, The Raptor’s avionics were dated even before the jet was declared operational.. It took so long for that amazing mix of stealth and manoeuvrability design across every aspect of the plane, That the plane's core computer architecture dates back to the early 1990s! And the basic Airframe is from the 1980s.. Stealth and propulsion has come along way since this was designed. Don't get me wrong it's still the most potent weapon the Air Force has.. But for how long?

  • Reply AcidBot66 November 7, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Have it been tested in battle against grown up people like China or Russia?
    Or all it did was to launch panflects over tents and Goat Herds in Afghanistan?

  • Reply AcidBot66 November 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Game Changer?
    Is anybody in America concerned on changing the game in Afghanistan?
    A lot of propaganda but the only thing proven in this fighter is its SUPER expensive price tag!

  • Reply AcidBot66 November 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    A nice news coming out in the area of stealth is the new Russian S500 that will fly high above the enemy fighter and will look it from above where it is as visible to radar as a jumbo jet!
    Fragmentation follows!

  • Reply Добрый Китаец November 7, 2019 at 8:00 pm


  • Reply Jeffrey Waterfield November 7, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the updates…

  • Reply American guy November 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    King raptor for a six gen fighter anyone?

    Here is what the king raptor will have:

    Can lock onto and kill more than one target

    Can intercept and destroy enemy ballistic missiles like the F-35 can

    Better technology

    Better weapons

    Better armor

    Flies Mach 2.8

    Cheaper than regular F-22

    Has a point defense laser to shoot down incoming missiles

    Can fly into space to combat alien invaders like a space fighter can

    Better stealth

    Finally Can take off and land on carriers.

  • Reply Lemming T November 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    when do you suppose we'll get an F22-C super raptor what might that look like ?

  • Reply Dr Bendover November 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    The Raptor may be old but still makes other fighters look ancient:)

  • Reply Nomercy November 7, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    What about the foam problem. The plates are too corrosive. Way over engineered equipment. It’s unfortunate that western nations rely on this overpriced, delicate aircraft.

  • Reply Doug InOrlando November 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    J20 design is optimized for ambush. Stealthy from the front to sneak up at high speed undetected. Long range even without using its' air refueling. Large air to air missiles that will no doubt be upgraded to even larger missiles with hypersonic 200 mile range. If for any reason an opposing stealth aircraft is detectable, then it will be vulnerable from 200 miles away. My guess is J20 will avoid close in air to air dogfights until an upgraded variant with better engines becomes fielded. Even then, the J20 will likely be dogfighting from 100 miles away. The non stealth fighters have a huge cost & performance advantage over stealth aircraft in close in dogfights which is probably why China will not use their J31 on carriers (J20 for long range ambush, non stealth for dogfights complimented with regionally distributed stealth detection sensors) During close in dogfights, stealth is irrelevant.

  • Reply langhard1 November 7, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    oh wonderfull wmd

  • Reply Jodonho November 7, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    And they only just noticed the problem?

  • Reply UNoBugMe1 November 7, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    I can’t dude. Let’s get started, but first this is sponsored by……… sick of it. So for that reason I’m unsubscribing.

  • Reply bigone1ism November 8, 2019 at 12:13 am

    My pop worked on this plane. He couldn't talk about it very much. All he told me was that it can do things that would surprise people.

  • Reply Shaun Davids November 8, 2019 at 12:17 am

    Why do you go over the specs each video?in depth ,every time lmao

  • Reply Lairdriver November 8, 2019 at 12:41 am

    The Chinese and Russians can't do what America can do. Create seamless body components. The Russians and Chinese have pop rivets and if you look close – it's pieced together. Compromising the stealth design.

  • Reply ManuelPinner November 8, 2019 at 12:47 am

    They Can be Upgradable with All Future. weapon Systems including High Power Lasers!

  • Reply Doc Dolan November 8, 2019 at 1:05 am

    My concern would be a hacker getting access to a system that is not the F-22, (maybe an older shore based installation of the Link-16  system) and then backtracking thru the other one to go 'upstream' into the F-22.  The hacker would then be able to not only see what F-22 'sees', but also be able to determine it's position in the battle space.  The enemy does not have to 'see' the F-22 on radar, if the F-22 is telling everybody on the link where it is.  Hmmmmm …  IMHO … our design guys will no doubt have thought of this, except hackers specialize in this kind of hacking (find a very remote location, and work your way back up the links to the deep inside).  Maybe they should let the F-22's supply their info to a 'control' station, then the control station 'scrubs' certain info from it then links to the Link-16, effectively 'air gapping' the actual planes from the Link-16 – just a thought.

  • Reply mzimm460 November 8, 2019 at 1:09 am

    This mother fuckin narrator is the fucking worst. He does 100 different videos on YouTube and his voice is pure cancer

  • Reply Skippy November 8, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Surely they are not going to waste money installing it on the 60 that are not Combat ready and unlikely to ever be modified to be combat ready.

  • Reply Double Tap November 8, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Try copying this you Chinese losers and the SU-57 what a shitty imitation of real US Air Power!

  • Reply Tommy Hill November 8, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Why is there beeping in the background? Sounds like a "fasten your seatbelt" alarm in a car.

  • Reply David Adler November 8, 2019 at 1:48 am

    Pretty cool watching these fly over Miramar on my way to work

  • Reply MARK ROBINSON November 8, 2019 at 2:13 am


  • Reply Wisky Docent November 8, 2019 at 3:44 am

    I could’ve sworn that the sole bottleneck for the Link-16 installation was that it wasn’t LPI, like the datalink Raptor’s use to talk to each other. Has this issue been addressed?

  • Reply B. Davis November 8, 2019 at 4:13 am

    I love it, you finally stopped treating is like kids by explaining the obvious. Great job

  • Reply Carlos Morales November 8, 2019 at 4:25 am

    To much commercial dude!!

  • Reply Joe Bloggs November 8, 2019 at 4:30 am

    Now to go to war with F-22 Raptor, except they won’t because it’s too risky to lose… So 150 million to buy, upgrades and maintenance over the life cycle another 1150 million, 1.3 Billion per plane. Sound use of taxpayer money?

  • Reply learnmore kaseke November 8, 2019 at 6:57 am

    On Pugachev's cobra maneuver you are lying hahahaha no american plan can do that.. that is a bloody lie

  • Reply Moni Toni November 8, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Great! Now it will be much easier to hack!

  • Reply beingmboi23 November 8, 2019 at 11:43 am

    The f22 already has this just saying….the public is truly behind

  • Reply Moni Toni November 8, 2019 at 11:44 am

    LOL did he just compared the dog-fighting capabilities of F-22 to Pak-FA?!?!?!

  • Reply Moni Toni November 8, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Iran and Turkey kicking the ass of USA's troops with regular warfare…….

  • Reply Joseph DESTAUBIN November 8, 2019 at 11:51 am

    7 minutes and 2 comercials before they get to link16. Such bs.

  • Reply Mac Mccartney November 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    And the russian trolls cry out in rage.. 👂im listening 😆

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