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A bomber is a military aircraft designed to attack ground targets.

Strategic bombers often have some defensive armament, but they are not designed to engage in combat with other aircraft. They are relatively large, slow, and unmanoeuvrable. If enemy air opposition is expected, bombers must be escorted. Attack aircraft are smaller, faster, and more agile, but less-so than a fighter when armed for a ground attack mission, and carry insufficient air-to-air weaponry for protracted combat unless loaded specifically for an air-to-air mission. Typically, combat aircraft intended for ground attack duties are camouflaged in the colours of vegetation whilst interceptors and aircraft intended for "dogfighting" other airplanes at altitude are finished in light blues or greys, so that their presence and trajectory are harder to see against the sky.

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(V bomber, Light bomber, dive-bombers, torpedo-bombers, strategic bombers, stealth bombers, low-level bombing, carpet-bombing, air-launched cruise-missiles)

See also: Bomb, Kamikaze, cruise missile

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