posted on Aug, 23 2020 @ 02:05 PM
a reply to: Zaphod58
WVR to engage with SRAAM? Yes, but any sane pilot would want to avoid that. The chances of surviving the experience will be far less than fifty
percent against a near peer.
Merging at canon range against a near peer possibly still armed with missiles? Save yourself the trouble and punch out.
Gunfights have been the absolute niche of aerial combat since almost four decades at this point.
It's ridiculous to dwell on Vietnam when the AAMs and more importantly doctrine and pilot expertise were in their infancy while ignoring what happened
during the First Lebanon War or the Second Gulf War.
Gunfights are a thing of the past and they won't come back.
Especially if we consider how AAMs have evolved dramatically over the last years and are set to continue to evolve in the future. Sure, in the future
you might still want to merge at gun range in one in fifty aerial encounters or something, but like i that, irrelevant niche.
So just spend money developing an AI for the missile fight.