Monday, June 27, 2005

No more conventional warfare?

Does the sci-fi movie Stealth seem to be unbelievably unrealistic? Does the U.S. or any other country in world have the capabilities of designing these so called superior aircrafts that will replace pilots in the future?

The answer is yes, but not absolutely.
Currently even the USAF's major project, the Lockheed Martin F/A-22 Raptor, is uncomparable to Boeing's Stingray 1 and 2. Not that the Raptor isn't faster, stealthier, or even packes a bigger punch, but that the fact Boeing's X-45A aircrafts are unmanned. Paving the way for future unmanned aircrafts, these primitive unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAVs) are only prototypes which are slow, not particularly agile, and only carry one bomb. However, they have the ablity of preforming many missions carried out by traditional aircrafts and other missions that their manned counterparts can't (at a lower cost and for a longer period of time). Although a number of experts predict that these air vehicles, not the Raptor, will represent the future of air combat, the technology of UCAV and official Air Force consent has yet to be realized.


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