Air Warfare magazine: Turkish air power, Asia-Pacific fighter programmes and more
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Sukhoi has ambitious plans for Checkmate, its new fighter aircraft design. However, questions remain over whether the company will be able to achieve its export goals, especially considering the poor track record of its previous fifth-generation jet.
Having been thrown out of the F-35 programme, what now for Turkish fighter procurement plans, and can Ankara overcome engine issues to fly the new indigenously built TF-X aircraft?
The race for Asian air power
Western fighter aircraft have been crucial to power projection in recent history. However, China and other Asia-Pacific states are steadily closing the capability gap, developing their own indigenous designs.
The high value air forces are placing on expendable, reusable and swarming drones clearly suggests that the vehicles will have an unmistakable influence on air warfare for many years to come. What are the advantages and drawbacks of introducing these newer technologies, and can they finally solve headaches around combat mass that have routinely troubled air forces?
As AI is quickly becoming a key technological enabler, military forces are racing against time to determine how best to use it. The potential AI can have in airborne ISR should not be underestimated.
Although still on the laboratory bench, Rydberg sensing is an emerging technology that could revolutionise airborne SIGINT collection.
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