Does the role of the fighter jet need a rethink?

The nature of conflict continues to evolve. Fresh out of Afghanistan, Western forces return to the prospect of diverse combat operations, including the possibility of operating in contested air space. Meanwhile, fighter aircraft remain one of the largest areas of expenditure in military budgets, given the development and introduction of the F-35 – the world’s most modern combat aircraft – and upgrades of fourth-generation jets. Investment for the years ahead therefore lies on...
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