- Apr 23, 2018
Not exactly.It's self contradictory. If 6th gen birds can have a dew protection suit than carrying small drones for self defence is redundant since a wall or layers of energy offer far more robust protection than any number of small drones can. Secondly internal weapons bay can only be so much bigger . We see giant aircrafts like f22 and j20 struggling with 4-6 air to air missiles. Even much bigger planes will still just carry only a bit more. Drones will take as much space if not more.
Ultimately it's a game of optimization . What best utilise the space. Ew defence soft kill defence through energy weapons seems much better way of protection .
Overall the goal is to keep the aircraft out of harms way totally that's why unmanned team is there to enter the enemy territory so that 5-6 gen jets can stay out of danger and keep commanding mission from afar. This is also why longer range weapons are upcoming. USA recently announced 1700 miles range missiles.
That's where future is going now.
We may see some dedicated motherships for smaller drones swarms. But what's Stopping from using current bombers for thag purpose.
Its complementary, not contradictory.
DEW are still limited by onboard energy available. They can't keep firing again and again, need some time to charge up again. Add to that they need time to hardkill a BVRAAM. and can only hardkill one at a time so its easy to overwhelm DEW defences. Yes, for softkill, DEW can handle a swarm, but not for hardkill.
As for missile capacity, I am talking about miniaturization for a reason.
Americans are already working on this capability today. Here: https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zo...t-against-enemy-missile-attacks-moves-forward
Asked why they are looking at this capability, they are saying this is to enable penetration into contested A2AD environment. And this is being developed now. Imagine where this tech will be in 2040 and beyond. So the goal is stand-off capability, but that is not the only goal. There is a requirement to be able to breach A2AD environments at will. There is a reason USAF calls its 6th Gen program Penetrating Counter Air