posted on Jan, 13 2018 @ 01:53 AM
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: wileel
And after Desert Storm we completely lost the EW mission. The Air Force currently has pilots flying with Navy EW units because they don't have a
single platform to do the same mission.
Now does it really make sense to you, that after showing how vital EW platforms, even Vietnam era platforms are, the Air Force almost immediately
completely guts the mission and disposes of every EW platform they have? Because it sure as hell doesn't to me.
The Air Force is actually behind Russia and China now in the EW game because they haven't developed an EW system, that we know of, in over 25 years.
Think about that for a minute. Either they're planning to go to war using 80s era EW technology, against defenses that have continued to evolve at a
rapid pace, or they've been developing something in the black world. And that means it needs something to fly on.
You absolutely have some great points here. It is very odd the EW platforms were dropped without a publicly disclosed replacement. For what is worth I
haven't heard even a rumor of a traditional companion "aircraft". I have a couple thoughts on it...
-Maybe it was decided a platform wasn't needed because, like you said, the Navy could handle the requirement
-Maybe the "success" of the 117 was so great on its own that it was deemed there was no need for EW...not likely since it had some help on most
I personally think it may have been some thought process combining the two. When the powers to be looked at programs in development it is completely
feasible they decided based on the current threats and the time till the next capability other assets (like the Navy) could fill that gap. I'm just
spit balling here, but I've seen worse decisions made when it comes to saving money. One ore angle to this scenario is the increase in weapon stand
off capability, even since to 90's its gotten WAY easier to even lob a bomb a VERY long distance with amazing accuracy.
We the do have some significant EW capability with fifth gen aircraft like the F22 (fairly limited resource),F35 (kinda), cruise missiles and don't
forget about RPA's, however there was a huge gap in time with nothing publicly filling that hole.
I think I have a good idea that you are probably well aware of toys we use or have been using during that gap in time...all beit not as good as an 111
putting the lights out they hold their own and the latest stuff is damn good. I can assure you the EW game hasn't been completely dropped, it has
evolved and we still don't play fair... but I agree its not as apparent as it used to be for sure!