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Implications of the recent jet fighter clashes over North Vietnam
Date of Creation:
April 26, 1966
Date of Declassification:
February 20, 1981
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
6 p., 1 map
Hanoi's decision to commit some of its MIGs to more agressive action against US fighters operating in the northern DRV is probably indicative in part of growing DRV concern over the impact of the stepped-up US airstrikes in the Hanoi-Haiphong heartland. It also reflects the mounting, although still quite limited, capability of the North Vietnamese air force. The intensity of the recent North Vietnamese fighter reactions, in fact, suggests that Hanoi's military leaders feel that their fighter defenses are now sufficiently developed and expanded to risk US retaliatory strikes against DRV airfields. It is likely that more clashes will follow, particularly in the Hanoi-Haiphong area.
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