Nato has unveiled a new joint airpower strategy that lays out the current and future security environment that allied airforces are expected to operate in.
The strategy states that Nato airforces need to have the capability to defend against peer competitors and anticipate the growing role of cyber and space-based assets.
The joint airpower strategy is the first of its kind launched by Nato since the alliance was established in 1949.
Nato spokesperson Oana Lungescu said: “For almost 70 years, airpower has been a core part of Nato’s military capabilities.
“From deterring the Soviet Union during the Cold War to operations in the Balkans in the 1990s and the fight against international terrorism in the deserts of Afghanistan, air power has helped to protect our people and achieve our political objectives.
“As we take steps to increase the readiness of armed forces across the alliance, the new strategy will help ensure that allied airforces remain world-class, flexible and ready for any possible contingencies.”
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The new document warns that modern air defence systems, cyber and electronic warfare can possibly impact alliance air operations.
The joint airpower strategy highlights that allied air forces must be able to combat in all terrains and environments, including heavily defended and congested airspace.
While current Nato air operations will continue, the strategy provides a blueprint for the development of airpower doctrines and new capabilities.