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But not on thw way Aaron is talking about.There is in fact a point for such lower end AA being more common and on the frontline. Though optimally it should be anti tank missiles that are relatively cheap and AA capable - because drones. As drones keep becoming more common AF won't send hundreds of planes to kill hundreds of small and medium drones that cost per hour to fly more than said drones with Sidewinders 20x the price of said drone.
We are entering a time when *everyone* needs frontline SHORAD again if they don't want to end up like Armenia.
The US doctrine is going with a dedicated anti drone SHORAD that can work as well as normal SHORAD.
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