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Eastern Europe – A No-Fly Zone for the West?

Justin Bronk
RUSI Defence Systems, 13 May 2016
Aerospace, Air Power and Technology, NATO, Russia, Military Sciences, Europe
Whilst some in the air power community look at Russian and Chinese stealth fighter designs as the main threat to Western air superiority in a future conflict, the air picture in Eastern Europe suggests the greatest threat may come from the ground

Since the first Gulf War in 1991, Western air power has reigned supreme over every battlefield on which the US and its allies have chosen to fight. The USAF’s F-22 Raptor and, to a lesser extent, the Euro-canard fighters – despite being slow to reach maturity, extremely expensive and fielded in far smaller numbers than originally envisioned – have maintained a lead in conventional air-superiority terms over the best that Russia and China can field in their respective air forces and on the international export market.

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Justin Bronk
Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology

Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow specialising in combat airpower and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI. He is also... read more

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