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What is the difference between a fighter aircraft and a bomber?

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What is the difference between a fighter aircraft and a bomber?
posted Jul 4, 2018 by anonymous

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A fighter is an aircraft whose role is to seek and destroy other aircraft whereas Bombers are aircraft whose primary purpose is to carry and deliver air to ground weapons.
Fighters are relatively very fast, carry a smaller payload (usually air dominance weapons), extremely agile/maneuvrable and often the first to enter in the theater of war to establish air dominance over a certain area whereas bombers carry a huge payload, are generally slow (travel at subsonic speed), are big, less maneuvrable and often used at later stages of the war when complete air domination is attained and there is little or no risk of enemy fighters.

answer Jul 8, 2018 by Salil Agrawal
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The "bomber" designation was traditionally reserved for for heavy bombers with strategic bombing as their main mission. "Attack" aircraft have traditionally been designed with CAS as their main mission. The lines are becoming blurred becuase if the boom in smart weapons. A B-1B can now serve in the CAS role because of precision bombing capabilities. Some missions are still best served by a low and slow platform though. A-10's can loiter for a long time and were responsible for most of the "SCUD-hunting" in ODS. enter image description here

answer Jul 8, 2018 by Nainika Karmakar
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