Soviet Naval Aviation: Its Changing Roles.
DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE COLL WASHINGTON DC
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The roles and missions of Soviet Naval Aviation appear to be changing as it becomes more powerful. The more dramatic changes are taking place in sea based aviation the result being the current construction of a large conventional carrier. This thesis will examine these changes and discuss their effects and implications. Chapter one presents an overview of Soviet Naval Aviation SNA during the war years, with attention to the events and roles within each of the four fleets. The developments during the latter years of the Stalin era will also be described. Finally, chapter one will also focus on SNAs anti-carrier role the anti-PolarisPoseiden role and other recent developments. Chapter two discusses the background and evolution of the change in naval doctrine which culminated in the construction of the new carrier. Evolution and changes in military doctrine are considered as the rationale for these changes, including command of the sea and fleet defense. Chapter two concludes with discussions of the characteristics of the new carrier and its applications. Land-based aviation, which has traditionally been emphasized over sea based aviation, will be discussed in chapter three beginning with an overview of the advantages of land based aviation as compared to sea based aviation. This chapter will also discuss the missions of land based aviation to include a brief description of the various types and models of aircraft, their primary missions, and their distribution.
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