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Originally posted by Murcielago
zakattack - While they are flying and getting ready to bomb there intended target they dont have time to sight see and notice the trucks with machine guns on them.
Can you give me a real life example: When was the last time the USAF had a target of oportunity?
Also...It only takes a few seconds for the UAV's tranmission to go to the sat and back to a ground base. Some times Predators in Afghan or Iraq are flown by people in the US, time isn't an issue.
But if its all going to change within the next 10 yrs like you say it will Then Im all trained up for the Future of US airforce
I think US would have a tough time getting congress to switch over to UAV after they just signed a Billion dollar deal for the F-22 and the JSF
Originally posted by Off_The_Street
I don't know whether or not we will convert completely to robotic warcraft, but most of the people where I work, including a lot of marketing weenies, believe that the day of the manned attack aircraft is over.
So although there may be increased capabilities in air superiority fighters (depending on how dominant the United States stays), unmanned aircraft, within the next ten or twenty years, should have all the capabilities of human-flown airplanes, and the F/A-35 could well be the last manned attack craft in the US inventory.
I don't think anyone knows for sure.
Originally posted by jupiter1
There were two verison of the X-45A the northrop version (better) and a boeing verison) i belive the x-45a is apperiing at air show in uk in july