FM 90-26 PDF

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The commander and planners must recognize the limitations of airborne forces and plan accordingly.

FM Chptr 1 Introduction

The unit training program must instill individual and collective skills and confidence, and must develop combat-ready units.

Boundaries and Task Organization They should also be familiar with foreign-made weapons that the enemy will use. All leaders must also be resourceful, tenacious, and decisive warriors. Airborne forces execute parachute assaults to destroy the enemy and to seize and hold important objectives until linkup is accomplished.

To establish and maintain air superiority, the USAF can neutralize nearby enemy airfields and C 2 facilities.

Airborne Operations FM 90 26

The commander must consider the type, number, and location of enemy air defense weapons, observation systems visual, radar, and satelliteand warning systems.


Move paratroopers, equipment, and supplies to the departure airfields and load them into aircraft.

Distribution of Supply Air Movement Table Selection of Assault Objectives and Airhead 900-26 After the initial airdrop, the sustained combat power of airborne forces depends on resupply by air.

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Subsequent operations can include an offensive operation, defense of key terrain, a linkup, a withdrawal, or any combination. They seize and fn the initiative until follow-on forces are committed to the fight and then move to hit the enemy where he is the most vulnerable.

FM Table of Contents

The availability and type of aircraft dictates the scope and duration of airborne operations. Planning Tactical Air Support Logistical Planning Responsibilities An airborne operation is conducted in four cm related phases: Obstacles are created or reinforced to secure the airhead and to isolate it from reinforcing enemy forces.

Airborne forces can be employed anywhere in the theater of war. The senior officer in the landing area commands the airhead until the arrival of the ground force commander. Departure from the Assembly Area The phase ends when all elements of the relevant echelon are delivered to the objective area. Evacuation of casualties from the airhead is difficult.


Passive Defense Measures Airlanded elements can be committed only when these conditions are met. The paratrooper’s abilities are enhanced by the teamwork and cohesion that develop in squads and platoons. Capabilities of Airborne Forces Establishment of the shortest possible chain of command is critical to success.

The environment of the close fight should be simulated when possible.

Airborne Operations (FM 90-26)

Airborne forces may be strategically, operationally, or tactically deployed on short fmm to DZs anywhere in the world. Mission-Oriented Protection Posture This is linked to the operational-level commander’s concept and simplifies his accomplishment of assigned tasks.

Keys to Rapid Assembly Weather satellites may provide much of the needed information. This is achieved by establishing an air defense umbrella that is closely integrated with the USAF.