This thread's sole intention is to provide the developers the neccessary information to assure the F-22 is accurately depicted in HAWX.
I do not want to see the F-22's capabilities ruined to give the game "balancing". That would be a crime.
Of course, if any one disputes one of my facts, I will gladly provide a link to where the info was obtained.
Supercruise: The Raptor WITHOUT afterburner covers a larger flight envelope than nearly ALL fighters in full afterburner. The Raptor cruises like any other fighter does in full afterburner, except that where any other fighter can spend mere minutes flying at that speed, this is the Raptor's normal "cruising" speed! Fighters outside of the F-22 DO NOT fly at MACH SPEEDS to conserve fuel. The second equally important advantage is that by not using its afterburner, the Raptor effectively reduces the range (due to no afterburner) and reaction time (due to its speed) of ANY IRST system trying to find and track it. The F-22 has a confirmed supercruise speed of Mach 1.82 (1200 MPH).
Stealth(Radar) - Its forward RCS is often quoted as 0.0001 m^2 (That's roughly the size of a marble)... This is NOT the F117 we are talking about here!... The F22 has wide-band, all-aspect stealth (The highest degree, of stealth ever fielded) designed to defeat threats such as the SA-10 and -20 systems, among others... The Russians claim they can detect (S-300V and P series) a 0.001 m^2 target at 90 km... So an F22 flying straight at the site would be detected at 45 km (It sounds like the S300P is a major threat, but if you analyze this, 45 km = approx. 25 miles... The range of the SDB is in excess of 65 miles, and the Raptor carries 8 of them (plus 2 Amraam and 2 AIM9)
Stealth (Infrared) The Raptor is coated with a "Paint" which reduces its IR signature due to friction (Boeing developed it)... Also, the engine nozzles are made of a high strength, temp- and pressure- tolerant, ceramic-based material, which is obviously custom-designed and expensive: It reduces the heat signature of the exhaust nozzle. So, in foul weather IR systems suck against any aircraft, and in good weather, against a Raptor, your detection range is reduced.
Avionincs(radar): The F22 carries the first AESA radar carried by a fighter, and the most powerful radar fielded in a tactical aircraft. The APG-77 can detect a 1m^2 target at >100 miles, in LPI (Low-Probability of Intercept) mode... The frequency of the radar changes over 1000 times per second, and each of the >1500 AESA modules can be electronically steered and its power levels changed individually... The -77s antenna element can (passively) detect an aircraft's radar from >250 miles.. This information can be used by the ALR-94 EWS system to passively target the aircraft from very long range, without ever using its own radar, passing the info directly to the Amraam guidance computer, and updating it regularly in-flight... This allows the Amraam to be launched from maximum range without ever giving away the Raptor's position... Basically, the APG-77 is unchallenged in air-to-air. The -77 has ground attack modes which allow it to hit a target with a 1000Lb JDAM from >25 miles or a 300 Lb SDB from >65 miles. The JDAM has been dropped at Mach 1.5 and 50000 ft, the SDB is being tested as we speak. Avionics(defensive)
The ALR-94 is the most sophisticated fully integrated Electronics Warfare System ever developed... It took one of the ten most powerful computers in the world to test and refine the system... The ALR-94 consists of multiple sensors, scattered throughout the aircraft, which give it 360 degree, very-long-range passive detection of air AND ground threats... The difference between the ALR-94 and all previous systems is the sheer power of the system (the spectrum of threats i.e., bandwidth, detected is mind-boggling) and its proven ability to identify, prioritize, geo-locate, and then target air and ground threats well before the Raptor is detected. The system's known capabilities are in actuality a MAJOR part of the Raptor's Stealth capabilities (being able to accurately detect, track and target in a passive way from very long range is one of the reasons why the USAF originally demanded, then opted out of, developing a new-gen IRST for the Raptor: Experts familiar with the design requirements for the ALR-94 now suspect that the ALR-94s bandwidth may include the IR wavelengths - essentually it can cover the role of the DAS system being developed for the F-35, or a high-power IRST like on an F-14 or SU-27).. A system like this is not something you "bolt on" to a 4th gen! - It is part of the brains of the aircraft.
Avionics (computer processing): The computing power of the Raptor puts it shoulders above anything else flying... This computing power is necessary to filter all the info supplied by the APG-77, the ALR-94 and its COM/Nav systems, as quickly as possible, so the Raptor can maintain its stealth advantage: This puts all aircraft it engages at a HUGE disadvantage... How do you engage an aircraft which your sensors cannot accurately target, which has been "observing you from very long range, and whose maneuvering/speed/targeting capabilities you cannot match. In 4th gen fighters, computers are used for specific tasks... In the F-22, the computer's signal processing power enables it to soak in much more info and present it to the pilot in a way that he can react quickly and end the fight on his terms.
Maneuverability: This is an area which is misunderstood... The F-22 uses a COMBINATION of thrust vectoring, highly refined aerodynamics, very high-thrust engines(especially in non-afterburning mode), and HUGE control surfaces to allow high maneuverability throughout its entire flight envelope, low to very high speed. No aircraft out there is going to outmaneuver a Raptor blasting in from 50000 ft at 1200 mph... The fact is, the Raptor will be able to engage and disengage any 4th gen, non-supercruising fighter at will, because they cannot match its speed and maneuverability. Most times, the Raptor pilot will simply choose to engage from long range, undetected and then move in for close-range, from-behind shots on targets who survive the BVR.
Wing loading: Wing loading is the loaded weight of the aircraft divided by the area of the wing. It is broadly reflective of the aircraft's lift-to-mass ratio, which affects its rate of climb, load-carrying ability, and turn performance. The F-22's wing loading is 66 lb/ft 2 (322 kg/m 2). Plus, you need to factor in the most important thing of all! There will be zero stores on the wings in stealth configuration (This is the normal operating configuration). No other aircraft can match this capablity.
Engine thrust: This is something I see that Ubisoft and the devs have already made an error on. Yes, the most common bit of information regarding the F-22's F119-PW-100 engine thrust have placed it in the 35,000 LB class per engine. Correction! It's 37,000 LBS per engine for an increase of 4000 lbs combined!! Major Paul "MAX" Moga (A Raptor test pilot) has publicly stated this.