Inside the Air Force - 04/17/2015

Air combat going beyond visual range

CSBA Study Finds Large, Long-Range Aircraft Would Do Better In Combat

April 16, 2015 at 5:23 PM
A future fighter aircraft is likely to need more range and payload than speed and agility as countries like Russia, China and Iran invest in long-range air defenses that can keep high-value support assets including aerial refueling tankers up to 1,000 nautical miles away from their military installations, but stealth remains critical despite advances in radar technology, according to a new Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments study. Advances in beyond-visual-range weapons make it increasingly unnecessary to have highly maneuverable...

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