In 2017, the US launched an ineffective cruise missile attack Syria’s Shayrat airbase in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack. So, what can the Western powers do now to deter the Assad regime from repeating last week’s chlorine gas attack on Douma?
An independent, government-commissioned report to inform Britain’s national shipbuilding strategy makes very pertinent recommendations, but it fails to bridge the divide between economic considerations and operational requirements.
Just like extreme manoeuvrability in a turning fight and the quest for ever greater speed, hiding an aircraft from radar returns will eventually be superseded by other approaches to survivability. Potential alternative approaches are already under development