In response to Hamfist's observation, here is my thought for today.
At present, there are three major limitations to aircraft capabilities: Cost, Politics and Human Abilities. Ignoring the first two aspects, what are the implications of removing the pilot from the aircraft? Amongst many other factors, Turn Rates will increase significantly, since it is dependent on the airframe materials rather than the human.
Therefore (using purely example figures), if you have an air vehicle that is capable of pulling 30g, a fighter aircraft that is capable of 10g turns (due to the presence of a human) will not be able to manoeuvre quickly enough to shoot them down. Meanwhile, your SAMs are capable of 35g and AAMs can pull 40g (but with higher speeds), meaning that it will be virtually impossible to shoot these things down with missiles.
So what is the logical conclusion?
1. Fighter variants of UAVs, designed to shoot down the ground attack variant UAVs (and each other).
2. Since the UAVs can out-manoeuvre missiles, we will return to the "Battle of Britain" dogfights, played out by unmanned aerial vehicles using cannon fire to bring each other down.
I know that there are some wild assumptions here, but I figured it was an interesting concept. What do you think?
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