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Force Multipliers: Combat-Support Air Operations



Having dealt with the various types of combat air operations, we turn now to the second broad category of air operations identified in Chapter 3: combat-support air operations or ‘force multipliers’ as they are often called. Whilst combat-support air operations do not in themselves involve the direct use of combat capabilities, they can bring about major increases in the effectiveness of air, surface and sub-surface combat forces. Such capabilities — perhaps more than any other — make Fuller’s dictum on the fighting power of a force as valid for aviation forces as it for armies.


Target Acquisition Large Aircraft Electronic Warfare Manned Aircraft Surveillance Operation 
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