Study: http://csbaonline.org/publications/2015 ... periority/
Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmGRn7G ... e=youtu.be
One thing to note, The Gulf war occurred <20 years after the end of the Vietnam Conflict and its been 25 years since the gulf war. Advances made in that 25 years (and beyond) won't really be collectively documented till there is similar data available probably a few decades down the road. There has been a substantial leap in capability when it comes to battle management, sensors, weapons, IFF, data-links, multi-spectral Situational Awareness, Combat aircraft signature reduction, training aids and training in general, ECM, ECCM, etc since the gulf war which was essentially fought with technology designed and largely developed in the 70s and 80s. Essentially, if one were to send them up now to replay the gulf war they won't really approach it in the same way and neither would their opponents. At the time of Gulf War, the main go to weapon (BVR) was the advanced Sparrow and the AMRAAM A had barely become operational (they did record kill/s). Fast forward to today, and you have gone through the B, multiple C upgrades and now have close to 1300 Delta models in service, and are thinking beyond. A decade after the Gulf war, they had already concluded two very successful programs to develop multi-spectral seekers (IR (M/W and L/W) and RF) as they looked beyond the AMRAAM. ECM and ECCM capability has also shown massive increases in capability and the cost and procurement of active BVR weapons has grown exponentially...
This has a substantial impact on how an air-campaign is executed in a near peer situation when both opponents bring 1000's of BVR weapons in to play that have to be countered, defeated, or otherwise dealt with...With the trend heading toward 70-100 km shots (non-cooperative target) with the AIm-120D and meteor (and other similar weapons), and the near term bringing in multi-spectral and cooperative opportunities (weapons to platforms, and even weapons to weapons) you are essentially dealing with air-air medium ranged SAM equivalents given how the footprints for computing and electronics in general has been shrinking.