The raptor carries six AMRAAMs and two shorter range AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles inside its weapons bays.
There was no high tech foe in Iraq or Afghanistan, and over Libya, the raptor was not the right jet for the task.
The raptor, which was developed and built for $66.7 billion, has been a controversial warplane.
c.1600, "ravisher, abductor," from Latin raptor "a robber, plunderer, abductor, ravisher," agent noun from past participle stem of rapere "to seize" (see rapid). Ornithological use is from 1873 (1823 in Latin plural Raptores).