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INTRODUCTION

Force-projection operations doctrine reflects the shift towards stronger joint operations. Army operations have evolved into a variety of choices for a battlefield framework and a wider interservice arena, allowing for the increasing incidence of combined operations.

Army participation in air defense is no longer the sole responsibility of army air defense assets. Members of the combined arms team can use their organic firepower along with air defense assets to provide self-defense, suppress enemy air defenses, and provide maneuver force protection.

The table below outlines the Army's participation in air defense operations. It describes the assets of the combined arms team as well as the contributions of each member's organic weapons capabilities to air defense. Army units can use their organic firepower to destroy attacking aircraft and drive others away. Field Artillery, Infantry, Armor, and Aviation contribute to the air defense fight by engaging enemy aircraft in self-defense and by making attacks on enemy airfields and logistics assets that support their aviation units.

 

ARMY PARTICIPATION IN AIR DEFENSE

ARMY ELEMENTS

AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY:
• THAAD System
• Patriot System
• SHORAD Systems:
• • Avenger
• • MANPAD System
• • BSFV Linebacker


FIELD ARTILLERY:
• Missiles
• Cannons
• Rockets


ARMY AVIATION:
• Helicopters



CHEMICAL:
• Smoke Units



OTHER COMBINED ARMS:
• Organic Weapons




SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES:
• Skilled Soldiers

AIR DEFENSE CONTRIBUTIONS


Maneuver force protection
High-value asset protection
Counter-RISTA





Attack critical air assets
FARPs
Transporter-erector-launchers
SEAD


Self-defense/AD on order
Maneuver force protection
SEAD


Concealment
Deception/denial



Self-defense
Attack critical air assets
SEAD



Provide surveillance, intelligence, and targeting
Attack critical air assets

 



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