(For ease of reference, ECT aircraft are the drones, SEDA aircraft are the manned jets)
I have the same problem as How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in a sci-fi future?, except I have a few problems with applying the answers to my world.
Though they're very good answers, the main issue lies in that in my world the aircraft are not autonomous, but rather each one is individually remote controlled by a human operator based in their home nation.
So my question is this: What benefits, if any, do manned aircraft have over remote controlled ones?
Some things to consider:
- G-Forces aren't an issue for the SEDA pilots, as liquid Handwavium is pumped into the cockpit which negates the effect
- These aircraft are only operational in Atmosphere
- Combat only takes place at short range, WW2-styled dogfight distance. (Handwavium again)
- SEDA could manufacture and deploy their own drones, but choose not to because of [reasons I'm hoping this question will answer]
I'm very grateful for any help on this, and if I'm too vague or need me to elaborate on something let me know and I'll try to fix it.