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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons?

Such weapons are not used by countries that abide by the Geneva Convention: It is prohibited to employ laser weapons specifically designed, as their sole combat function or as one of their combat ...
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How do you win a simulated dogfight/Air-to-Air engagement?

Bear in mind that most of my maneuvering was done from a defensive position due to the aircraft I flew, and that my experience spanned a period 15-30 years ago. But, I have some perspective that may ...
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Were there any instances of aerial combat between helicopters?

Yes, there has: In the Iran-Iraq War, Wikipedia: The war also saw the only confirmed air-to-air helicopter battles in the history of warfare, with Iraqi Mi-25s flying against Iranian AH-1J SeaCobras ...
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How did night fighter aircraft manage to shoot down their foes in World War II?

The night fighting in WWII was mainly between the RAF and Luftwaffe, with the Luftwaffe fielding most of the night fighters due to necessity (the others too had some fine night fighters, though none ...
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How did night fighter aircraft manage to shoot down their foes in World War II?

There are so many inaccuracies and omissions in @aeroalias' answer that I take it upon myself to add another answer. Early Years (1939 - 41) Up until the start of the war, aircraft were located by ...
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What is the average speed used by modern jet fighters when in dogfight?

Modern Air Combat Maneuvering takes place between about 350 to 600 KIAS; There is no specific speed but each aircraft has a specific optimal cornering velocity which gives it the greatest rate of turn ...
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Were there any instances of aerial combat between helicopters?

Wasn't aware of that battle during the Iran-Iraq war but gunships can and do carry air-to-air weapons. The Apache can carry an air-to-air version of the FIM-92 stinger missile and the USMC's new AH-...
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons?

Besides the other answers, international law and the technical complexity of putting a laser on an airframe, lasers have interesting limitations as weapons. Lasers do not deal well with cloud cover. ...
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Why was Energy Maneuverability theory not applied to the F-14?

The Energy Maneuverability theory is primarily a conceptual design framework. Its role is to be a guideline in creating the requirements for your aircraft. This is something well above the ...
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What's this sound? - Dogfight between F14 & MiG23

That is the aural conversion of the input of an AIM-9 missile's infrared seeker head. The missile allows the shooter to operate it in either a caged mode, that is where the seeker head is slaved to ...
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What is the average speed used by modern jet fighters when in dogfight?

Average Velocity versus Energy Average speed would not be the metric I would use to characterize a fight. As has been mentioned, pilots have a certain amount of energy stored in the aircraft ...
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons?

The Geneva Convention only addresses permanent blinding. Temporary blinding is all it would take to render an enemy pilot unable to react for at least long enough for you to employ evasive maneuvers ...
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What's this sound? - Dogfight between F14 & MiG23

That is the signal from the heat seeking missile sensor that confirms the sensor has a good lock on target and the missile can be launched.
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How would modern jet fighters engage and defeat prop driven fighters?

How would modern jet fighters engage and defeat prop driven fighters? If you'd asked that question some decades ago, the answer might have been: They might not ... Rather than pull away and make ...
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Is it true the F-16 has never lost a dogfight?

The guy talking about the only air-to-air loss being caused by a collision is wrong. That doesn't even count as an air-to-air loss. The real air-to-air loss was in 1996 when a HAF Mirage 2000EGM shot ...
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How did ww1 pilots handle G-forces?

This interesting British document on the G loads sustainable by German WW1 fighters pegs the highest G factor for a British fighter at 5.5G for reference, with the SE5. German fighters examined and ...
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing weapons?

A bit late to the party but someone just commented on this so it popped back up. The answers given don’t really address the real reasons why rear-facing guns aren’t a sound investment any more. ...
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Why do fighters not use thrust burst from under the wings for improved maneuvering?

Wings are the most efficient known way of creating force perpendicular to the direction of flight. At the cost of relatively little force in the aft direction (the drag) a wing can create a lot of ...
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In The Final Countdown, why did F-14 gun down the first A6M2 Zero, but the other F-14 fired an air-to-air missile at the second A6M2?

YouTuber and former F-14 RIO Ward Carroll published a very thorough video commentary on this film. It's well worth watching. There's tons of interesting information in it (for example, and since you ...
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Drone swarm technology on missiles

NO Missiles are the size they are so they can carry the warhead all the way from the launcher to the target. The warhead is designed to be "just big enough" to destroy the target, but no larger. (...
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Do fighter jets experience a reaction or recoil force upon firing a missile?

In some early jet fighters such as the F94 Starfire, air to air unguided rockets were carried in launch tubes that were built into the aircraft structure and closed at the rear end. Launching the ...
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How did ww1 pilots handle G-forces?

The phenomenon was first observed in WWI but was poorly understood. The most likely flew up to their personal limits using their body as a queue. G-LOC of pilots, then called "fainting in the air,...
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Why don't combat aircraft have rear-facing *laser* weapons?

In addition to the already mentioned Geneva convention, there is also the power requirements issue. Lasers powerful enough for combat weapons require more electrical power than can be generated by a ...
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How do you win a simulated dogfight/Air-to-Air engagement?

Although my experience and knowledge in this field is from a computer science background and likely much less than other posters, I recently watched the Alpha Dogfight Trials, which I think you would ...
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What are the basic principles of making fighter jets manoeuvrable

Info below is from TU Delft lecture ae4-211, Aerodynamics of the Fighter Airplane, Prof. ir. E Obert. Fighter jets manoeuvre both in the vertical and in the horizontal plane. At the beginning of WWII ...
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Is it true the F-16 has never lost a dogfight?

There are presented several results for F-16 vs MiG-29 during close-range dogfight training. One experiment was done in Germany between Luftwaffe MiG-29 and NATO F-16. There are some claims that in ...
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How did ww1 pilots handle G-forces?

Typically the human heart can produce enough head to keep the blood flowing to around +5g. So sustained maneuvering at those limits should not pose a problem. Proper breathing, body position and ...
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If all fighter jets become stealthy, how will they fight each other in the future? In dogfights?

To answer the original question: The same as conventional aircraft do. Beyond visual range fights - guided missile technology developed from the 1950s onwards provided fighter designers with a weapon ...
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Are the F-18 movements in the Top Gun: Maverick movie really possible?

The "Cobra maneuver" is primarily an airshow stunt. To my knowledge it has never been performed or verified in actual combat.
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