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# 73
04-02-2013, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by stirling191 View Post
Show me a missile that can execute an escort or reconnaissance mission.
Fighters can't escort anything. They have neither the firepower nor the speed to do so effectively.

As for reconnaissance, that's why we have probes. They're smaller, faster, and disposable.
Show me a missile that can carry the same level of firepower that a manned strike craft can, and deploy said firepower intelligently.
Take a Peregrine fighter, replace the cockpit with an antimatter warhead, and run a photonic AI on pocket-watch sized chunk of computronium.

Much more lethal than a manned strike craft, just as intelligent, and far more disposable.

You know, I think I know how pilots arguing against designers not putting guns on Vietnam era fighters felt, or against those who lobbied against air to air combat training.
What a totally unrelated issue.