Some Development Trends in Light Ground Attack Aircraft,
ITALIAN AIR STAFF ROME
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The I.A.F. combat flight line is qualitatively and quantitatively determined by its institutional tasks and commitments undertaken by the country within NATO. The operational requirements, that are continuously evolving, are derived from these tasks. The national strategy stems from Costituzione della Repubblica Italiana, in military terms, consist of the capacity to discourage the aggressive attitude of possible enemies and to defend the national territory, its air space and maritime lines of communication. Within this strategy the I.A.F. tasks are the following 1 defend territory and supply routes from enemys air radis and 2 provide air support to surface force in defending national territory and keeping the maritime lines of communication open. It is therefore necessary for the I.A.F., to have besides the weapon systems for air defense, interdiction, recce, and all weather interdiction strike, also aircrafts capable of 1 operating in the battle area and enemys zone behind the front, providing recce and fire support to land forces and 2 providing recce and fire support to naval forces in the Mediterranean area.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft