US air warfare superiority has always been a constant, but the nation’s pricey, complex new fighter jets can’t dominate the air if they can’t get there. Even the military’s science arm, DARPA, said that “US military systems today are often too expensive… (and) are obsolete by the time they become operational.” Ouch. But DARPA is at least doing something about the problem. It’s developed a project called the System of Systems Integration Technology and Experimentation (SoSITE) with the aim of nothing less than completely overhauling US military air power. To do that, it wants to build open systems that help drones, missiles, “mission truck” planes and fighter jets work together.

The idea is so simple, you have to wonder why they didn’t do it before. In one scenario (see the video below), a modern fighter is accompanied by an unmanned, C-130-sized “mission truck” in an attack on enemy radar systems. The larger plane would stay outside the attack zone, but carry loads of extra missiles and drones to increase the fighter jet’s punch. Read More.

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