The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is, without question, one of the most advanced combat aircraft ever to take to the sky. While most of the media coverage regarding the F-35 tends to focus on its stealth capabilities, the technology that makes the F-35 stand head and shoulders above its multi-role competition isn’t just skin-deep. By some estimates, it’s not the aircraft‘s stealth that makes it so special — it’s the F-35’s data fusion capabilities. Unlike previous generations of fighters, the F-35 gathers data from assets all around it — ground based sensors, satellites, drones, and even other aircraft — and consolidates all of that information into a single, streamlined display that not only offers its pilots the best situational awareness ever achieved in a fighter platform, but can be transmitted to other assets to aid in further targeting.

This capability is why many associated with Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force can so often be heard touting the F-35 as a “quarterback in the sky,” because once its powerful computers have made sense of the combat environment, that shared information can even make fourth-generation fighters in the neighborhood more deadly as a result. With an F-35 coordinating attacks, every asset in the area benefits from its handling of data streams.

But for all its computing power and penetration capabilities, the F-35 is hampered by one significant short coming — in order to maintain its stealth profile, it has to store any weapons it carries into the fight internally. The F-35’s two internal weapons bays offer very little room for missiles that were designed to be carried under-wing on fourth generation platforms like F-15s and F-16s, resulting in a stealth load out of just four AMRAAM air-to-air missiles. It’s sort of like building the most capable gun ever devised and then only giving it a four-round magazine.

That is, until now. Raytheon’s new Peregrine Missile promises to offer the same destructive power and even more range than America’s 30-year-old AMRAAMs in a package that’s just about half the size. What does that mean for stealth platforms like the F-35 and F-22 Raptor? It’s hard to say — but feasibly, it means they might soon be able to carry twice as many missiles.