posted on Jan, 13 2018 @ 05:33 PM
Again you present good stuff to discuss...and I agree with where you are going to a point.
Im with ya...its a hell of a stretch the AF would allow themselves to be in a position where they need the help of another service to do their job,
I'm just spit balling here. It seems like there are enough Navy assets to handle it in the event a package needs a traditional EW escort.
I cant speak to the actual threat during that time gap but I do know that was when we started getting way more pods for our legacy aircraft to carry.
I tend to think the evolution/miniaturization of the EW systems was why the 111 and f4's were let go. Although one a/c with a pod wont be the same if
you puts them on several of the a/c it may dealing with threats manageable. During that gap we only had one focus...pounding sand and dealing with
very low tech threats. Unless I'm wrong, after the first week or so of DS1 the need for that traditional EW roll was reduced to almost nil.
Although the 111's technically may have some hours left on paper, they were pretty well toast, it would have been challenging to support it for
several more years. Although it was bad ass, it came with a price...these things were rode hard and put away wet and we were very low on parts by the
time they transitioned out. Too bad because it was VERY good and the EW role for the time
I don't see a stand alone traditional EW aircraft slated for the future. I believe stealth, on board/carried ECM/EW and stand off capabilities are
where we are heading as well as RPA's but that is not the topic here.