A Navy EA-18G Growler electronic-attack jet has killed an Air Force F-22 Raptor stealth fighter in an air-war exercise, according to Stephen Trimble, reporting for his blog The DEW Line:
As we chatted about interference cancellation systems, I couldn’t help but notice an odd decal decorating the side of the fuselage. I asked the pilot: What’s that aircraft decal on the fuselage?
“That’s an F-22,” he said.
Well, why is it there?
“Because this is the EA-18G that killed an F-22,” he explained.
Alas, after that bombshell, the conversation quickly dried up. I did learn the EA-18G kill was courtesy of a well-timed AIM-120 AMRAAM shot. And I learned the simulated combat exercise took place at Nellis AFB. How the EA-18G escort jammer got the shot, and whether its jamming system played a role in the incident were not questions the pilot was prepared to answer.
This makes the third F-22 “kill” that I know of. The first, apparently, was by a Navy Super Hornet — the progenitor of the Growler — and the second, by an Air Force F-16. Now, to be fair, that makes three simulated Raptors killed against the literally hundreds of sim shoot-downs Raptors have racked up against other fighters.
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