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Attack aircraft fulfill two primary roles. Their first role is air interdiction, disrupting the enemy’s military capabilities before they can be brought to bear against the Allied forces. Their second role is the destruction of enemy ground units, whether independently or in support of allied ground units. In the modern world, there are few specialized attack aircraft. Most fighters can, if necessary, also provide ground support. It is easier to view aircraft as platforms designed to deploy the weapons they are armed with. Most modern fighters contain the technology and versatility to deploy cannons and missiles against other aerial targets and cannons, bombs, mines, and air-to-surface missiles against ground targets. The primary difference between an attack aircraft and a bomber is the fact that bombers ...

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