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33. T-50 v F-22: Overall

The question on any red, white, and blue-blooded American’s mind is, how does the T-50 compare to the best we’ve got? The U.S. F-22 Raptor makes for the best comparison. It’s not as maneuverable as the T-50, but it’s faster. The T-50 would have the upper hand in a short dogfight, but not in a long range attack. The Raptor also carries more weapons with six missiles compared to the four carried by the T-50.

32. T-50 v F-22: Range

To get all that maneuverability, the T-50 leverages the thrust vector nozzles in the twin engines. That means they blow through fuel faster. It also means they run noisy, compared to the Raptor’s more developed stealth design. A pilot in an F-22 could detect the noisy T-50 from miles away. By the time the T-50 made it to where the F-22 had been, the Raptor would be gone. That’s assuming the F-22 pilot didn’t unleash one of the six long-range missiles the moment the T-50 gave away its position.

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