14 janvier 2022 | International, Aérospatial

New in 2022: A changing outlook for air warfare in US Central Command

The Air Force is pivoting to a longer-range role in the Mideast that depends on drones.

https://www.defensenews.com/news/your-air-force/2022/01/09/new-in-2022-a-changing-outlook-for-air-warfare-in-us-central-command/

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