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The Air Weapon pp 170-185 | Cite as

Things to Come? Some Thoughts on Future Developments

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Abstract

In trying to chart the way ahead for air power there are obvious difficulties. First, the subject merits a book in itself, and only key aspects could ever be seriously addressed within a single chapter. Second, to look into the future is to enter the realms of speculation, for future defence needs will inevitably be something of a lottery. However, planning only for the short term is bound to end in failure, and in no field is this more true than in that of air power.

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Force Structure Civilian Aircraft Military Capability Force Package Composite Wing 
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  1. 5.
    For 7440th order of battle and operational record see: Streetly, Martin, ‘Composite Wing Proven in the Gulf’ in Jane’s Defence Weekly, 31 August 1990, p. 370.Google Scholar
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    During the Gulf Conflict the USAF formed an air superiority composite wing: the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing. Source: Streetly, Martin, ‘Composite Wing Proven in the Gulf’ in Jane’s Defence Weekly 31 August 1990, p. 370.Google Scholar
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    See for example: Boatman, John, ‘USAF Shake-Up puts Emphasis on Composite Wings’ in Jane’s Defence Weekly, 11 January 1992, p. 48.Google Scholar
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    For example, if the radar cross-section of an aircraft or missile were reduced by a factor of ten, the radar detection range would be one-third of the original value. See: Brinkley, Colonel Randolph H., ‘Future US Fighters are at a Cost/Technology Crossroad’, in Armed Forces Journal International, January 1991, p. 49.Google Scholar
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    Coriolis, Kelvin, ‘The True Cost of Aircraft in Service’, Jane’s Defence Weekly, 27 September 1986, pp. 682–3.Google Scholar
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    Bowie, C., ‘The Way Ahead for the RAF 2014a US Perspective’, in unpublished MOD Journal, August 1990, pp. 283–5.Google Scholar
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    See: Gross, Charles J., ‘Reserve Forces — The USAF Perspective’, in unpublished MOD Journal, February 1991.Google Scholar
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    Gross, Charles J., ‘Reserve Forces’, February 1991.Google Scholar
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    Source: Baldwin, Nigel, ‘Reserves and Auxiliaries — The RAF Perspective — Broadening Our Base in Society’, in unpublished MOD Journal, February 1991.Google Scholar

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© Andrew G. B. Vallance 1996

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