The Air Sea Battle (ASB) concept would not only entail the F-22 performing its conventional role as a fighter or bomber escort, but probably would include some new and unconventional uses. ASB foresees exotic jobs for the Raptors, such as tracking a submarine-launched cruise missile and re-aiming it in flight to engage a different target. However, the F-22s have never seen combat and they are currently struggling with pilot safety issues. Until these technical problems are resolved, the F-22s may be grounded and become an expensive and risky airplane with an uncertain future.
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