Airbase Vulnerabiltity to Conventional Cruise-Missile and Ballistic-Missile Attacks: Technology, Scenarios, and U.S. Air Force Responses

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FIGURE
2.1. Parking Ramps at Shaikh Isa, Bahrain, Early 19916
2.2. Lethal Area of 1-Pound Submunition Versus Unitary Warheads of the Same Weight12
2.3. Comparison of Warhead Lethal Radii for a Typical Ballistic Missile and the Two Postulated Cruise-Missile Candidate UAVs14
3.1. Possible USAF Deployment Bases and Postulated Iranian Missile Ranges21
3.2. Tent City at Prince Sultan Air Base (Al Kharj), 199626
4.1. F-117 Fighter Being Towed into a Concrete Hardened Aircraft Shelter32
4.2. Missiles Required to Attack Dhahran Parking Ramps With and Without Shelters34
4.3. Additional Aircraft Parking-Ramp Geometry of Hardstands Built Outward Radially from the Base to Maximize Weapon Requirements36
4.4. Weapons Needed to Attack a Fighter Wing As a Function of Distance Between Parking Spots37
4.5. Fields of Fire Around a Theater Operating Base, from an Anti-Cruise Missile Gun Tower46
5.1. Stand-Off and Close-In Deployment Bases with Possible Iranian Missile Ranges50
5.2. PGM Strikes As a Function of Range for a Postulated USAF Theater Attack Force52
5.3. Areas That Current 500-Knot Fighter Forces Could Reach from Four “Secure” Bases55
5.4. Areas of the World a Force of 1,000-Knot Aircraft Could Reach from Four Secure Bases56

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • Figure vii
  • Tables ix
  • Summary xi
  • Acknowledgments xix
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms xxi
  • Chapter One - Introduction 1
  • Chapter Two - Emerging Threat Technologies 5
  • Chapter Three - Illustrative Scenario and Implications 19
  • Chapter Four - Defensive Responses to an Enemy-Missile Threat 29
  • Chapter Five - Stand-Off Options 49
  • Chapter Six - Conclusions 59
  • Appendix A - Damage Calculation for Parked Aircraft 61
  • Appendix B - Sortie-Rate Model 81
  • Appendix C - Fast, Long-Range-Attack Aircraft 85
  • Bibliography 95
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