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North Vietnamese air capabilities increasing
Date of Creation:
February 9, 1966
Date of Declassification:
May 19, 1981
Type of Document:
Intelligence memorandum
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
5 p.
The North Vietnamese now have a small number of advanced supersonic jet fighters, possibly equipped with some type of air-to-air missile, and they have the advantage of operating from bases much nearer the area of probable conflict than do US aircraft. It is nevertheless unlikely that they can seriously challenge US air superiority over North Vietnam. The US air forces continue to have numerical superiority, better weapons systems and radar, and better trained pilots. Although North Vietnamese pilots have shown a certain degree of increased aggressiveness during the past two weeks, they will probably continue to exercise a considerable degree of caution in engaging US strike aircraft.
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