A few expensive bombers are not the solution if a small country like Switzerland wants to defend itself effectively and credibly in an emergency. A more effective air defence would be crew-free flight models in the sense of a “hybrid helicopter-fighter jet” or the so-called “jetcopters”.
One could also design these flying machines with a crew. However, an efficient defence should also be usable in civil, otherwise termed “normal”, life and is quickly convertible, economical, and versatile. The focus is on smaller machines with far-reaching transport capacity, as well as loading and unloading options. In other words, a cutting-edge multi-purpose aircraft.
For example, the corresponding freight traffic could be used more sensibly by creating “high-speed air routes”. There should be sufficient production of electrically powered missiles, which can be readily converted using the simplest auxiliary hardware possible. Without a crew, air manoeuvres could be approached more strategically. Modular defence systems could be installed and relocated quickly across the country. Agility and flexibility are often successful, and this principle holds even outside the context of the economy.
An ecological economic upswing could be implemented clearly and efficiently with a meticulously designed military armaments campaign. The dynamics of arms deals should not be underestimated if the transport business is to be revolutionised; and this is feasible when as many sectors as possible are involved in a disciplined manner. Finally, it’s important to note that an innovative approach often fails because of politics. If, and when, a large community of interest groups sees opportunities and is convinced, only then can medium to long-term projects be implemented in a best-case scenario.
As a point of comparison and an example, a small country like Switzerland could make significant achievements in the area of a vegan lifestyle. Its food sector even gained “world export champion” status that it would be possible to feed the population in a decentralised manner with less resources and significantly less effort.
In line with this, it would be more resource-efficient to organise and implement an avant-garde air force and the corresponding choice of new propulsion models, enabling more dynamic, non-stationary anti-aircraft defence. Doing so would, in effect, create a more innovative army. The latter would be integrated more advantageously within the economy and more justifiable for most of the population, especially in an ethical sense. This would consequently incorporate and promote environmental organisations.
Positive effects can be evidenced in local recreation areas as well. The air quality would significantly improve, and the rail network could become a photovoltaic electricity supplier as well as a docking station for aviation. Who doesn’t enjoy living in a country where you can learn and develop? Where can you put your knowledge to good use and live ultimately? Along with belief in emerging technologies and methods, knowledge, determination, and will are equally essential.