When looking to develop fifth- and even sixth-generation aircraft, the U.S. military must realize that superiority in the sky will be more about information than speed.
That’s according to Marine Corps Lt. Col David “Chip” Berke, a stealth fighter pilot who wants service members and policymakers to better understand that future wars will require fighter aircraft that can better collect and pass information — not simply outrun an enemy.
“For a few months, I was enamored with how powerful that thing was — the F-22 is the most powerful form of airplane … it’s the most impressive performing aircraft out there,” Berke, the first Marine to fly an Air Force F-22, said Monday at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies sponsored event in Washington, D.C.
“And the least impressive thing about the F-22 is how powerful it is,” he said at the event, which hosted F-35 and F-22 pilots during a discussion about air combat with fifth-generation fighter jets.
Berke, a former “Top Gun” instructor pilot, flew the Raptor between 2008 and 2011 before becoming the commanding officer at the Corps’ first operational F-35B Lightning II squadron.
“Once you get past, ‘Wow this thing is cool’ — and it’s great to have that, don’t get me wrong — but it’s what’s on the inside … and how the plane can evolve internally over time [that matters],” he said.
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