To me it looks like ground based missiles and the fighters are climbing vertical for the shot. I could be wrong though.
I think you are right, is it possible the image is fake?
They are both releasing IR countermeasure flares. This is quite common and is evident by the absence of missile bodies and the course of the smoke trails (decelerating and departing from the course of the a/c) which is what you want in a countermeasure. A released missile would be traveling parallel to, and ahead of, the a/c. Also, the F-22's weapons bay is closed. Rendezvous with two land-based missiles would be quite dangerous. Check out this article which includes a picture similar to yours.Keep up the interesting posts!
That seems so obvious now, but the smoke trail looked very straight.
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