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Old 09-26-2020, 01:09 PM
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I tend to think the "middle ground" option makes the most sense as well. Manned "fighters" of the future will be more like forward controllers for UCAVs.

Modern aircraft sensors, sensor fusion, and networked aircraft I think have obviated the essential need for every fighter to be a capable dog fighter. UCAVs can be spear carriers, missile trucks, while manned buddies can handle dog fights.

Stealth is more important than ever so loading down a singular fighter with external stores turns them into targets. A manned plane with only internal stores plus a couple UCAV buddies also with internal stores lets them all remain stealthy while keeping them heavily armed.
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