The Drive: F-22 fighter flew with reflective coating … The Drive drew attention to the pictures posted on Instagram by aeronautical photographer Santos Caceres.
An airplane with a reflective coating flew over Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.
The publication suggests that in this way on a fighter The United States is testing promising infrared search and tracking technologies and laser weapons.
The Drive recalls that the United States has previously tested similar reflective coatings on other aircraft. The use of the F-22 Raptor for such purposes was explained in the publication by its ability to fly at high altitude.
In October, The Drive, referring to the US Air Force, reported that the F-22 Raptor crashed in May 2020. in Florida due to “improper” washing, which affected the operation of the sensors responsible for the control of the fighter. It is noted that before the accident, several warnings appeared on the pilot's instrument panel that did not correspond to the actual behavior of the aircraft.
In September, the largest American military-industrial corporation Lockheed Martin announced that 700 fifth-generation F-35 Lightning fighters had been delivered to customers II of all options.