In the past few decades, combat aircraft from the US and European allies have owned the sky. But now Russia and China are investing more money in new weapons that could be a possible challenge the US superiority in the field of combat aircraft.
A few months ago, David Goldfein, General in the United States Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff told lawmakers: “The most pressing challenge for the United States Air Force is the rise of peer competitors with advanced military capabilities rivaling our own.”
This year, Air Force certified a new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is designed to be hard to detect. The F-22, which is considered to be Ferrari in the world of combat jets, is designed to shoot down the aircraft while flying as fast as twice the speed of sound.
Still, older planes are more a backbone not only for the US air force but their Asian and European allies as well.
It seems that currently Russia and China are developing sophisticated antiaircraft systems. Russia is working on their first stealth fighter called the T-50 with advanced technology designed to spot enemy aircraft from miles away. From the other side, China’s J-20 which is similar to the F-22 started flying back in 2011, but it still hasn’t officially entered military service.
The Wall Street Journal, Nasdaq.com
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija