US Air Force's Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor aircraft has been described as the "ultimate killing machine". The all-weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft was conceived during the waning years of the Cold War, explains National Interest organisation. With a combination of sustainable high speed, maneuverability and low-observable stealth characteristics, it was designed to defeat the most fearsome of weapons.
With the end of the Cold War, however, the F-22 Raptor was left without a mission, so to say. In fact, US President Bush and President Obama's administration cancelled the F-22 programme after only 195 aircrafts, assuming that high-end state-on-state conflicts were a relic of the past, reports National Interest.
However, earlier this year in February, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke about being prepared for a "high-end enemy."
"We will be prepared for a high-end enemy. That's what we call full spectrum. In our budget, our plans, our capabilities and our actions, we must demonstrate to potential foes, that if they start a war, we have the capability to win. Because the force that can deter conflict, must show that it can dominate a conflict," he said.
The F-22 Raptors were also in news this month when the stealth fighter jets have arrived in South Korea for a joint air force drill.
Now, a video by Cover Video provides an ultra-rare glimpse inside the F-22 Raptor. In reference to the combat aircraft's previous highly restricted status, the US Air Force's F-22 Raptor demonstration team explained: "For the very first time, we're excited to bring you 'inside the cockpit' of the US Air Force's F-22 Raptor."