Low level attack of armored targets

by Natalie W. Crawford


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The proliferation, redundancy, and diversity of Soviet surface-to-air defenses, especially in defense of the battle area, severely limit the air space in which tactical aircraft can operate effectively and survive. Further complications arise when the scenario is Central Europe where weather and terrain play an important role. Improvements in survivability may be gained through aircraft performance, ECM, penetration aids, and tactics. In the context of Central Europe, the latter method of improvement is explored. Low-altitude penetration and weapon delivery, with the requirements it places on defense penetration, navigation, target acquisition, munitions and training, is discussed.

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