Why did the F-22 ‘predator’ have to protect US submarines at the gateway to Hawaii?

The US is trying to protect its fleet on the coast of Hawaii through stealth fighters F-22 Raptor.

International media recently published information about the Russian Navy conducting a simulation of an attack on a potential adversary’s large naval base.

Russia has deployed a large number of warships and long-range anti-submarine aircraft Tu-142 to the Hawaiian Islands, where the headquarters of the Pacific Fleet as well as the US Navy are located.

Data on this was first provided by the Telegram channel “Operation Line”, which publishes information about Russian aviation activities and displays the estimated route of Russian warships.

“These are the areas where Pacific Fleet forces are expected to conduct operations, located just near the Hawaiian Islands, in the surrounding waters where the US Navy recently conducted Exercise Agile Dagger 2021.” 

F-22 Raptor escorting Tu-142
F-22 Raptor escorting Tu-142

“In the press release of the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Tu-142 anti-submarine patrol aircraft participating in the exercise performed the task of searching and tracking simulated enemy submarines.”

“The information that the Tu-142M3 took off from Yelizovo airport and flew to the training area at a distance of about 4,000 km, although it is considered a bit far, is also being verified for reliability,” the source said.

Analysts say that in fact, this is a retaliatory measure of Russia when US forces are being deployed densely close to the border of Moscow to exert pressure.

In addition to confronting the US fleet in the Pacific, the press also learned that Russian strategic aircraft flew to the area of ​​​​NATO’s Baltops 2021 exercises and conducted a simulated attack on a group large warship of the North Atlantic Alliance.

In another development, it was reported that after the US nuclear submarine USS North Carolina left its base in Hawaii and was detected by an anti-submarine aircraft of the Russian Navy, the Americans were really worried.

Before the above development, the fifth-generation stealth fighter F-22 Raptor appeared in the sky. This is the first time the US Army has to use fighters to protect submarines at its “gateway”.

The above development made many people worried that there would be serious confrontations between the two sides, especially when the US repeatedly expressed its desire to retaliate after its reconnaissance aircraft was intercepted by Russian fighter jets near the base. Hmeimim Air Force over Syria.

Fortunately, however, the Russian Tu-142 aircraft, after realizing the presence of the F-22, maintained a long distance, did not try to track the movements of the American submarine, so they avoided to attempt any serious incident. 

Unlike the strategic bomber Tu-95, the naval version – the Tu-142 regularly performs missions at long distances from the base without a fighter jet to protect.

It is not excluded that in the future, when appearing near the Hawaiian Islands, the Tu-142 will be accompanied by MiG-31 again, but if so, the fighter will require aerial refueling to extend its range. motion.

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