Conventional Missile Attacks Against Aircraft on Airfields and Aircraft Carriers

by J. G. Hammer, W. R. Elswick

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A ballistic missile attack using warheads containing many small fragmentation bomblets is considered, with special application to the war in Vietnam. The aircraft on two U.S.-operated airfields in South Vietnam and a U.S. carrier in the vicinity of Tonkin are used as the basis for evaluating the cost of such an attack in terms of numbers of fixed-payload missiles required and required total payload of bomblets. It is shown that large boosters adapted to short ranges could carry payloads large enough to damage exposed, parked aircraft.

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