During roughly eight sorties a day, three key F-35A mission sets were tested: suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses
, air interdiction, and basic close-air support to include alert launches.
Energetics experts will be needed to develop munitions for the Navy's stealthy unmanned combat aircraft, which is planned for suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses
and penetrating strike missions.
But while the mission of suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD) has been achieved, warfighters obviously would prefer out-and-out destruction of enemy air defenses
The squadron will be manned and equipped to conduct basic close air support, interdiction, and limited suppression and destruction of enemy air defenses
While Breslauer believes that improved situational awareness of the actual emitter activity would be a great benefit to all network participants, one substantial additional goal would be in the area of time-critical targeting for destruction of enemy air defenses
The LCASD system KUSD will provide represents a configurable design for multiple variants anticipated to perform various missions that could require Nap-of-The-Earth (NOE) Flight, Cruising at High Altitudes, Defensive Counter Air (DCA) Maneuvers, Offensive Counter Air (OCA) Maneuvers, the Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD) and the Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses
Chenevey (USN, PEO Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation) and will focus on lethal SEAD and destruction of enemy air defenses
Pitts: The ineffectiveness and inefficiency of our recent SEAD operations in Kosovo and Iraq are a major concern and represent the need to provide destruction of enemy air defenses
(DEAD) rather than the more elusive SEAD.