Air-to-Air Missiles Gain Range, Sophistication To Counter New Threats

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Low-observable fighters such as the Lockheed Martin F-35, pictured launching an AIM-120 Amraam, can increase PK by getting close to their targets, but they are compromised because they carry fewer weapons in their bays.
Credit: Master Sgt. Michael Jackson/U.S. Air Force
The modern aerial engagement is a complicated, high-stress environment. In a modern air battle, speed is life and range essential. With fighters converging at up to 20 mi./min., there is little time to react. Pilots must examine the air picture, develop a target plan and sort potential targets...
Tony Osborne

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines.

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