PapaDragon wrote:GarryB wrote:When was the last time large military aircraft had to use dirt runway anyway?
Did you not watch the video at the top of this page?
They train to operate from the dirt strips next to their runways in case those runways are damaged...
We are talking about nuclear superpower here
If their runways are being bombed it means that transport aircraft are no longer relevant in this scenario and that everything went to next level
Chasing these obsolete conventional warfare fantasies is what ballooned Soviet military budget, destroyed their economy and doomed the entire country
Its not just about runways being bombed. Its about being able to deliver fuel, ammo and replacement troops forward and evac casualties so you can maintain the tempo of the advance. They can just land in a large field with some recon from ground troops, unload trucks of ammo and fuel, pick up the wounded and give a tank batallion resupply with 2-3 IL-76.