attack aircraft

attack aircraft

noun
a high-speed military or naval airplane designed to destroy enemy aircraft in the air [syn: fighter
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attack aircraft

type of military aircraft that supports ground troops by making strafing and low-level bombing attacks on enemy ground forces, tanks and other armoured vehicles, and installations. Attack aircraft are typically slower and less maneuverable than air-combat fighters but carry a large and varied load of weapons (automatic cannons, machine guns, rockets, guided missiles, and bombs) and have the ability to fly close to the ground

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