Will the Attack Fighter Fulfill the Army's Close Air Support Requirements
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The basic question addressed in this research report is the capability of the Attack Fighter A-X to fulfill the Armys close air support requirements. The A-Xs capability was analyzed in relation to the tactical air power doctrine, and, particularly, the relationship of the close air support mission to the counter-air and interdiction missions. Further, the A-X was evaluated against the requirements for responsiveness, ordnance carriage capability, lethality, maneuverability, survivability, communication equipment and simplicity of design. Since the AH-56 Cheyenne and the AV-8 Harrier are competing for this mission, the A-X was compared with these vehicles. The conclusions reached were that the Marines should continue their procurement, development of operational techniques and experience with the Harrier the Army should cancel the Cheyenne and the Air Force should continue with the A-x Program.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics