The airbase is one of three structures in DEFCON. It operates in one of two modes: Fighter Launch or Bomber Launch. When playing a default gametype, each player starts with four airbases. Like other structures, any airbases that are not placed before DEFCON 3 will be lost. Airbases cannot change their launch mode or launch Aircraft until DEFCON 3.
Though airbases start with 5 fighters and bombers garrisoned, it is actually possible to garrison up to 10 fighters and 10 bombers in one single airbase.
Fighter Launch Edit
Bomber Launch Edit
Considerations during placement Edit
Proximity to vulnerable coast lines allows for the bomber sub patrol tactic, and also projects air support closer to naval engagements.
Proximity to hostile borders can be an issue for two reasons. First, enemy Air Defense will be able to destroy aircraft as they launch one by one, as opposed to being faced with a larger formation. Second, Bomber aircraft will not have an opportunity to arm their SRBM warhead before entering enemy airspace and coming under fire. This can be dealt with through use of the Beam Attack