The outlook for tactical airpower in the decade ahead

by Benjamin S. Lambeth


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This paper, an earlier version of which was presented at a conference in Canberra, Australia, July 14-18, 1986, will appear as a chapter in Airpower in the Defense of Australia, D. Ball and A. Mack, editors. The author discusses tactical fighters in both air-to-air and ground-attack roles and describes the evolving air warfare environment and the various mission needs it calls for. In addition, he considers future directions in fighter modernization in the areas of aircraft, munitions, and avionics and sensors. Finally, he emphasizes the importance of good logistical support and cautions that future support needs should be anticipated prior to the deployment of the next-generation fighter.

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