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Strike fighter

A strike fighter is a fighter aircraft used to attack surface targets of high value, including ships. It differs from a attack aircraft in that the aircraft remains a fighter, able to fight other fighters, whereas an attack aircraft typically has no, or very limited, capability in this regard.

More recently the term has become increasingly blurry. The F-117 Nighthawk is often referred to as a strike fighter, although it has no air-to-air capability and is thus an attack plane.