Combat aircraft

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Military combat aircraft directly harm enemy forces, with kinetic or electronic attack, or deliberately go into range of enemy weapons. While the current trend is to have a given type of airframe (e.g., helicopter, single/dual engine jet, large jets) take on multiple roles, the classic roles are:

These would be distinguished from:

Unmanned aerial vehicles increasingly enter these roles, especially for reconnaissance but more and more for attack.