The Taran

Ramming in the Soviet Air Force

by James T. Quinlivan

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This paper discusses the taran, an aerial ramming tactic used by the Soviet Air Force in World War II. The author describes techniques for performing the taran; considers types of situations in which tarans were deemed necessary and how the situations arose; and reviews the potential use of the taran in a modern strategic air defense.

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