dual-capable aircraft


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dual-capable aircraft

Allied and US fighter aircraft tasked and configured to perform either conventional or theater nuclear missions. Also called DCA.
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The country will maintain and enhance the capability to deploy nuclear bombers and dual-capable aircraft around the world, and it is committed to working with NATO to ensure the readiness and operational effectiveness of such aircraft based in Europe, according to the 2018 US Nuclear Posture Review published on Friday.
could potentially fly the mission with what we call dual-capable aircraft, which are currently primarily F-16s that will be subsequently replaced by the [F-35] joint strike fighter.
The triad and dual-capable aircraft, he said, provide the credibility, flexibility and survivability to meet and adapt to the challenges of a dynamic security environment.