- Aug 24, 2019
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The idea of a mix between stealth and non-stealth planes is for the F-22/F-35s to strike at the enemies air defense units in both land and air and once they're supressed allow the conventional planes to strike at the enemies actual strategic assets. Too many stealth assets with their higher cost per unit and maintenance requirements means you have less plataforms available during an air campaign and therefore less effectiveness in the overall air power.To be blunt given what we've seen in Ukraine modern Air Defenses aren't exactly nice to non stealthy aircraft if well operated and thus more stealth aircraft vs non stealth aircraft especially for active frontline Squadrons and not national guard units is a good idea
What is needed is a more effective air supression doctrine, one supported by ground assets such as artillery, specialized wild weasel drones and cruise missiles. Because I agree that air defenses are a pain in the ass for any air force in the world, but a purely technological solution such as stealth aircraft can bite people in the ass if anyone manages to make a radar capable of defeating the current generation of stealth.