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PREMIUM: Experts expect ‘crawl, walk, run,’ process to make Skyborg a success

9th October 2020 - 12:45 GMT | by Tim Martin in London

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In light of debate surrounding how well-suited loyal wingman aircraft are in competing against IADS and hypersonic missiles, analysts are confident the systems will eventually prove themselves in contested environments.

Despite low cost, attritable UAV projects still yet to prove themselves in operational settings and questions remaining about their utility against high-end threats or overcoming deployment challenges, defence analysts are highly confident current developments will lead to a new era of loyal wingmen adding considerable capability to fighter jet fleets ...

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