Allied Air Command
July 28, 2022

US F-22 Raptors arrive in England for NATO Air Shielding

United States Air Force F-22 Raptor fighter jets arrived at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom, on July 27 en route to the 32nd Tactical Air Base, Łask, Poland, to support NATO’s Air Shielding mission.

The F-22 Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions and its fifth generation capability contributes to the Air Shielding mission enhancing interoperability and cohesion among Allied nations.


The US deployment of their fifth generation fighter aircraft boosts NATO’s posture….


The NATO Air Shielding mission integrates Allied Air and Surface Based Air and Missile Defence units into the NATO Integrated Air and Missile Defence system under NATO Command and Control. It will provide a near seamless shield from the Baltic to Black Seas….

F-22. Photo: NATO Allied Air Command