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Air Interdiction Operations (AI – Deep Air Support (DAS)): The Air Force against enemy reinforcements


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The term Air Interdiction which is also called “Deep Air Support” means that fighter jets are used to attack ground targets in order to disrupt enemy operations and stop enemy reinforcements.

It is common practice to use this strategy either to provide support for ground troops or to stop the enemy from reinforcing or resupplying his forces.

Air Interdiction (AI – DAS)

Air Interdiction Operations (AI – Deep Air Support (DAS)): The Air Force against enemy reinforcements
An F-15E Strike Eagle assigned to the 333rd Fighter Squadron receives fuel from a KC-135R Stratotanker, Sept. 24, 2019, near North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The F-15E Strike Eagle is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions with an array of avionics and electronics systems that gives the Strike Eagle the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, in all weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jacob Derry)

The main objective of conducting these dangerous operations is that enemy forces do not have time to make contact with friendly forces and are neutralized “on the road”.

One of the main advantages of using air isolation tactics is the Air Force’s ability to strike targets quickly and accurately without endangering ground forces.

The Air Force undertakes these missions without the need for the assistance of other forces, as these operations are usually quite far from the battlefield and beyond the reach of ground forces.

However, “Air Interdiction” also presents its own difficulties that must be overcome in order to avoid major losses.

Air Interdiction Operations (AI – Deep Air Support (DAS)): The Air Force against enemy reinforcements
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Heather Leveille

When doing airstrikes in heavily populated areas, there is always a chance of collateral casualties, and the fighter jets are at risk of being shot down by anti-aircraft weapons and other dangers. (At this point, we need to stress how important it is to conduct SEAD/DESTRUCTIVE SEAD operations before Air Interdiction operations)

Air interdiction operations are still an important “weapon” for any air force. They have been used in a wide range of wars around the world, despite the difficulties they present.

This type of operation has been more effective in recent years as a result of technology developments such as the use of drones and advanced missiles with very low Circular Error Probability (CEP).

In general, air interdiction is a difficult strategy that must be planned and carried out with a high level of detail in order to be successful.

It is an important part of the modern battlefield and will continue to be an important part of military operations in the future.

Goals of Air Interdiction:

Air Interdiction Operations (AI – Deep Air Support (DAS)): The Air Force against enemy reinforcements
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Raven)
  • Disruption of enemy forces’ ability to maintain control
  • Disorganization of enemy force concentration capabilities
  • Disrupting enemy military maneuvers
  • Destruction of critical infrastructure and especially logistics
  • Neutralization of enemy reinforcements

To sum up

“Air Interdiction,” also called “deep air support,” is a strategy that uses fighter jets to attack enemy ground targets and infrastructure without risking the ground forces.

It is still considered a “useful tool” in modern warfare because it enables speedy and accurate strikes despite the fact that it might also create threats.

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