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Military aircraft such as the F-16 and Joint Strike Fighter, which are designed to perform air-to-air combat operations, are the primary means by which armed forces gain air superiority over their opponents in battle. RAND has studied fighter aircraft for many decades to provide civilian and military decisionmakers with critical recommendations on logistics, acquisition support, fleet modernization, and maintenance, to maximize effectiveness and innovation.

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    Fighter Basing Options to Improve Access to Advanced Training Ranges

    The U.S. Air Force has determined that its fighter pilots do not currently have sufficient access to training ranges that are capable of representing advanced potential adversaries. What squadron restationing and range upgrade policies maximize access to advanced training ranges?

    Feb 5, 2021

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    Where Russia Markets and Sells Advanced Conventional Weapons

    Russia uses arms exports to further relations with other countries, influence their political and military leaders, and further its broader foreign and defense policy goals. A series of maps show the extent of its marketing, negotiating, and sales of key weapons systems.

    Jun 11, 2021

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    Variable sweep: a case history of multiple re-innovation

    A review of the early design and flight experience of variable sweep aircraft. The key patents and design trends that ultimately led to the TFX competition, the F-111, and the proposed Anglo-French variable geometry fighter are discussed. 16 pp....

    Jan 1, 1966

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    Production Characteristics of Hi-Valu Airframe Spare Parts

    An examination of the manufacturing processes of a selected group of Hi-Valu airframe spares and of some opportunities for increased flexibility in supply through the use of buffer stocks.

    Jan 1, 1957

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    A Bomber-Fighter Duel

    A study of a duel in which a fighter, capable of firing a single rocket burst, attacks a bomber, which defends itself by firing intermittently.

    Jun 14, 1949