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BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERING (BFM) THEORY
CHAPTER NINE
Lead Pursuit
If your nose is pointed out in front of your opponent, you are flying a lead pursuit curve (Figure
9-11). Lead pursuit is generally flown during maneuvers designed to decrease range or during
gun attacks. Lead pursuit will:
Decrease range
Increase AOT
Increase Vc
Figure 9-11 Lead Pursuit
Pure Pursuit
If your nose is pointed at your opponent, you are flying a pure pursuit curve (Figure 9-12). Pure
pursuit is similar to but less extreme than lead pursuit. In the fleet, pure pursuit is most often
utilized when deploying a weapon (i.e., bore sight FOX-2 missile shot). Assuming the attacker
is co-speed inside your opponent's turn circle, pure pursuit will (to a lesser degree than lead
pursuit):
Decrease range
Increase AOT
Increase Vc
Figure 9-12 Pure Pursuit
Lag Pursuit
If your nose is pointed behind your opponent, you are flying a lag pursuit curve (Figure 9-13).
Lag pursuit will:
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BASIC FIGHTER MANEUVERING (BFM) THEORY


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