Reply to post: Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: Hearts & minds propaganda, courtesy of MoD

They won't need super accuracy to attack a target like Camp Bastion.

True enough, but a target like that will have its own air defences.

The original proposition was about readily-available drones becoming better dogfighters than hugely-expensive F35s. By the time we reach that state of affairs, I think it very likely no more F35s will be being built or even being flown -- except perhaps by some very lucky well-heeled hobbyists.

Someone suggested that guerrilla drone operators (assuming they were of the jihadist kind) we would be willing to sacrifice themselves for the chance to take down an F35. I think good drone operators would be a valuable resource that their leadership wanted to protect, not throw away. So, it occurred to me that if the Blue forces wanted to take out an Orange drone operator hidden in a building in a city, then rather than use an overkill precision weapon they would have another option: target the comms gear on the roof by flying in low and slow, and drop a couple of hand grenades out of the cockpit of a Sopwith Camel...

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