Eighty-percent is a very high benchmark for an aircraft as complex and difficult to maintain as the F-22. I think the mission capable rate would increase if they incorporate some of the technologies (RAM for instance) from the F-35 on the Raptor.
The F-22 ×ill fly s full demo shortlyThe Ram I think is over emphasized as an issue in this case. Ram is no longer unique to stealths after all degrees of Ram or Radar absorbent elements are present well beyond the Stealth fighter class. Just about the entirety of the Military has varying degrees of Stealth technologies. From Uniforms for Special operations that integrate radar and IR suppressing features, new paints and special camouflage systems used on Tanks and Armored fighting vehicles, Naval ships with low observable features and paints to even updated fourth generation fighters like the Eurofighter, F16V, J10C and VLO Drones.
It is I think simply a matter of maturity and maintenance. Until F117 shaping was the only used method of stealth. The SR71 lacked RAM but had some degree of shaped stealth. SR71 had a radar cross section of a man. But the Russians could see it in the Cold War, they fired SAMs at it all the time but it flew so high and so fast that the missiles fell away spent.
With the proliferation of Surface to air missile systems survival of assets like fighters demands small cross sections. Shaping only gets you part of the way there. non Reflecting materials helps close the gap and gets you RCS on par with small insects.
Parts issues are a common factor for all air forces not just the Germans in world war 2. Even non VLO fighters like the F18 have had issues with getting and keeping operational. The Readiness rates of F22 and F35 are often attacked but these numbers don’t bother to consider that 100% readiness is impossible, I doubt even peer level competitors can match 60% readiness of there top fighters of the fourth generation.
Less then peer level are even worse. Part of the unique issues the USAF has as well as any other US service is it’s so spread across the planet.
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