Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Perfection in details: MiG-35 multirole jet fighter

I'm beginning to wonder if "lightweight" fighters have a future in modern aerial combat.

The US is making (or supposed to be) a turn to the Pacific so range is important increasing size.  Stealth features are important which increases size.  Carriage of weapons is important which increases size.  More numerous/powerful avionics are required which COULD increase size.

Said all that to ask.  Does the MiG-35 have a future.  Does the F-16 (which I would claim has gone from light to medium weight) have a future?

Do airplanes that met their original form factor have a future?  The more I think about it the more I think not.

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