Planes Form Future Of Military Aviation (17
To mark the 100th anniversary today of the first aeroplane
flight, Chief of Air Force, Major-General Lim Kim Choon offered
his take on the future of Military Aviation. He cited pilotless
planes, developments in precision weapons and datalink technologies
as examples of future assets.
The face of military aviation changed after the introduction
of air-launched weapons that can strike their targets accurately.
Such weapons aided the allied forces to hit the Baghdad Nuclear
Research Centre during the 1991 Gulf War.
The use of air-launched weapons combined with stealth technology
will improve the chances of a mission succeeding. Major-General
Lim added that combat forces could integrate datalink operations
better by using such technology to share information. This
capability would allow a networked force to out-see, out-think
and out-manoeuvre the enemy.
Unmanned technologies will also reach a point where robots
will be able to conduct routine air missions like surveillance.
However, he stressed that the advancement of unmanned technologies
will not make the pilots obsolete, as it is the human behind
the hardware that drives a mission to success.