BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – The U.S. Air Force’s F-22 Raptors have completed their first “combat surge” in Syria, the Pentagon recently said, as reported by the Business Insider.
According to the Pentagon, the U.S. F-22 Raptors deterred a total of 587 enemy aircraft over Syria’s airspace.
These 587 enemy aircraft were mostly Syrian, Iranian, and Russian warplanes that were conducting their own missions over Syria.
“Raptor pilots from the 94th Fighter Squadron out of Joint Base Langley-Eustis completed 590 individual flights, totaling 4,600 flight hours, with 4,250 pounds of ordnance dropped in their deployment to the region in the ‘first-ever F-22 Raptor combat surge,'” the Business Insider reported.
One of the first engagements the F-22 Raptors experienced took place during the U.S. attack on Syria in April.
The F-22s flew “deep into Syrian territory, facing both enemy fighters and surface-to-air missile systems,” the Pentagon said.
The U.S. claimed that the Syrian air defense missiles hit no American cruise missiles that were fired on that night.