Ganesh_S wrote:Cain Marko wrote:Mki can provide positional data because it has an fcr. Awacs can't do this afaik. Can someone please clarify? If Awacs could directly guide missiles, why do you need fighters? An Awacs platform could carry some seriously heavy long ranged missiles and just guide these to enemy targets or just let the fighters fire off the missiles and zoom away - let the AWAC do the guidance.
I'm being a little facetious here but I can't see AWACs guiding missiles directly for a number of reasons including the need to fly close enough to get a good lock.
This was a proposed scenario in the tele series dog fights of the future @3:09:19
The idea was to use a b1 lancer as a bvr platform where in the f22 having expended its missiles would relay the information by a secure broadband database. Not sure how the f22s would go undetected having expended its missiles or how the b1 Lancers would guide the missiles. Too much sci-fi stuff for a layman like me.
That concept went nowhere but the B-1 carries a fairly large and gimballed X-Band phased array radar which is capable of fire control and is upgradable with Additional Air-Air modes. They are currently planning to upgrade that to an AESA antenna.