Beijing knows that any contest in Asia will probably be a naval and air-combat struggle, and it has prepared accordingly by developing sophisticated counterspace, counterair
and countermaritime capabilities.
During the next two decades, these small UASs will increasingly supplement traditional aircraft in the performance of close-air support (CAS), reconnaissance, counterair
, communications, and resupply missions.
The perils inherent in the book's analytical tilt in favor of Taiwan extend to other areas, perhaps most critically to the author's assessment (which relies on some of his previous, similar work) that the threat that China's conventional missile force and counterair
systems pose to Taiwan's air force and navy is manageable.
Just as air superiority has long formed a major tenet of US operational planning, missile defenses may become a larger component of the defensive counterair
For this article, we define aircraft that fall into the DOD UAS Category 1 (weighing less than 20 pounds) as an sUAS6 because the interdiction of larger than Category 1 aircraft quickly approaches traditional defensive counterair
Consideration for the counterair
threat is given very little coverage at the U.S.
(4.) Surface-to-air missiles are the Soviets' preferred counterair
and Counterland Without Getting
(32) Aircraft operating in this regime are not likely to be operated in high-threat airspace, as they are vulnerable to high-altitude surface-to-air missiles and counterair
Higher headquarters concluded that P-51-equipped units in the future would focus on higher-altitude counterair
Through our offensive counterair
efforts and control of the electromagnetic spectrum for the last two decades, we have earned a relatively permissive air environment, with perhaps a few exceptions.
These tasks provide for air interdiction (AI), close air support (CAS), and counterair
missions, holding within-visual-range (WVR) and beyond-visual-range (BVR) engagements as a baseline.