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In the 2010s, the United States Air Force made a decision to scale down troubled F-35 Lightning II project. Long marred by overflowing costs, safety issues and a number of other problems, the Lightning was found to be far from the affordable, next generation fighter that it was supposed to be.
Controversially, the USAF chose to pursue a revised version of the F-22 Raptor. Though at this time the Raptor was undoubtedly one of the most advanced fighters in the world, it was also extremely costly, making it impractically expensive to deploy in bulk.
Remarkably, a more economical variant of the Raptor, the F-22B, was introduced only a few years later, costing a fraction of the "A" variant's cost. Though with a much larger radar cross section and slightly reduced performance in some other areas, the new Raptor still retained most of its capability.
Trial by fire would come for the Air Force's new Raptors in the 2020s, when they were deployed in engagements against the forces of the Global Liberation Army, proving their effectiveness in hunting down and destroying insurgent forces with lethal precision. Even today, the Raptor remains the undisputed king of the skies, and the United States Air Force has no plans to retire it any time soon.
After the United States entered into World War III, the Raptor began going up against the Russian Federation’s airforce, mainly the Berkut. Since the European Continental Army lost nearly all of its fixed wing aircraft, the Raptor became a common sight in the European skies, and even forced the retirement of the Cold War-era Su-25 Frogfoot. Against the Berkut, the Raptor was level with the Russian fighters, but eventually proved once again that it was the dominant aircraft.
Deployments in the Middle East, Africa, and Mexico will likely see the Raptor butt heads with the GLA Interceptor. No one knows when the two will meet in the wild blue yonder, but with the latter's track record, the Raptor will likely further cement its reputation.
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Behind the scenes
- The Raptor was replaced by the Widowmaker in 1.87, but will return as an exclusive aircraft for General Griffon in 2.0.
- The model was remade in order to look more similar to real life F-22A instead of YF-22 in the vanille Zero Hour.