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  • F-22s Readied for Libya -- Just In Case
    Posted by David A. Fulghum 8:24 PM on Mar 11, 2011

    The F-22s of the 1st Fighter Wing at Langley AFB, Va., are receiving the latest stealth, avionics and engine upgrades, according to veteran fighter pilots who live nearby.

    And in a twist, while the unit is apparently not on alert, the aircraft are being readied in case they need to help establish a no-fly zone or protect aid shipments coming into the country, these sources assert. Undoubtedly U.S. surveillance aircraft have been conducting intensive radar and electronic surveillance to put together an electronic order of battle for Libya.

    U.S. airpower sources contend that the targets of interest -- bases that host SAMs, attack helicopters and fighters -- are based in three areas, including Tripoli the capitol. Special Forces have already been operating in the country to help evacuate high profile civilians. They certainly now would be scouting safe areas for downed pilots.

    Whether the U.S. becomes involved militarily in Libya appears to be far from resolved. There is no resolution from the Arab League or NATO or the UN. President Obama says the U.S. will aid an intervention, but not lead it.

    Tags: ar99, Libya, F-22

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