In Private Wargame, Low-Cost CCAs Prove Most Popular

collaborative combat aircraft

A small CCA, with characteristics resembling DARPA’s air-launched LongShot concept, was chosen by wargame participants to overwhelm China’s numerical and qualitative airpower advantage on Day 1.

Credit: DARPA
In the first day of a theoretical air war against China at the end of this decade, the picture for the U.S. Air Force is not pretty. A next-generation fighter now in the final phase of a competitive selection process would not be available for a few more years. Even worse, a Chinese air force...

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