The Soviet's Use of Airpower in a Counterinsurgency Campaign
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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In December, 1979 the U.S.S.R. invaded Afghanistan and has been involved in a counterinsurgency ever since. This study looks at one aspect of that conflict, Soviet airpower. Using the case study format it examines some doctrinal tenets that drive the Soviets use of airpower and specifically how they are employing their assets in Afghanistan. By viewing their tactics and choices of weapons, Western observers can learn a great deal about the Soviet militarys capabilities. The study concludes with some of the lessons that have emerged from this conflict.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics