Would remotely piloted capabilities offer a solution to the pressures placed on the UK defence budget by austerity and inflation?
As austerity and inflation continue to bite into the defence budget, the UK remains committed to two expensive programmes: the Queen Elizabeth-class carriers, and the Joint Strike Fighter to fly from them. While the authors accept that the rationale for sealaunched air power remains sound, remotely piloted capabilities have already matured sufficiently, and will continue to evolve by the JSF’s in-service date, to offer more efficient capability than piloted aircraft. Smaller,
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