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A Ground Attack Aircraft is a fixed-wing aircraft outfitted for strikes against land-based targets such as main battle tanks, support vehicles such as tankers and troop carriers, and buildings. They typically carry armaments such as air-to-ground missiles, bombs, and high caliber cannons, but can also mount limited stores of air-to-air weapons for self-defense. These are typically 1–2 seater aircraft with performance comparable but often inferior to fighter aircraft, while carrying lighter payloads and less crew than purpose-built bomber aircraft.
Attack Jets were introduced in the Battlefield 2: Armored Fury expansion pack.
Battlefield 4 formally introduces the Attack Jet that takes the air-to-ground role as a separate class of vehicle from the Stealth Jet, which takes the air-to-air role. Attack jets have separate customization from stealth jets. Both types of aircraft may be available in certain game modes and maps, especially on the PC and next-generation versions.
Battlefield 1 includes the Attack Plane as a two-seater aircraft with a rear gunner supporting the pilot.
Three customization packages are available for attack planes, affecting the armament used by the pilot:
- Tank Hunter
- 57 Nose Gun
- Two 50kg bombs
- Emergency Wing Repair
- Airship Buster
- Heavy Machine Gun
- Eight Explosive Rockets