At present, half of all special operations missions flown in that conflict are carried out using conventional aircraft. "Since 9/11, special operations forces have become increasingly reliant on general-purpose forces to complete [their] mission," said Brig. Conventional ground forces often travel in larger numbers and shorter distances into enemy territory. [...]it is to their advantage that their helicopters are not weighed down with high-end sensors and unnecessary add-ons like mid-air refueling nozzles. Because the black budget is so big, it's possible for them to have these sorts of programs."
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