Composite air operations - With a little help from your friends

Commander’s Update Briefing

Bringing a range of effects to bear in a neat air package is the very essence of the COMAO. It’s a way to meet mission objectives in a complex scenario. Air Power Association President Air Marshal (ret’d) Greg Bagwell CB CBE investigates.


Being able to penetrate a sophisticated enemy’s defences by air is, these days, a rather hazardous business. While modern stealth aircraft – such as the B-2 Spirit – might be able to go it alone, the majority of air platforms require a degree of mutual support from specialist types in order to survive. These might include aircraft that conduct surveillance or provide electronic protection or physical defence from surface-to-air systems or fighter aircraft.

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