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I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was:

The photocopying of sensitive documents on the war capacity of the Rafale combat aircraft and their leakage is a conspiracy.

What is the meaning of "war capacity" here? According to paradoxwikis.com, it means - War Capacity is a measure for how capable a nation is of continuing and possible winning a war. But that doesn't fit here.

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    I think there might be an element of "Indian English" in the cited usage. To my ear, capability (or more likely, pluralized capabilities) sounds more natural. But that's just my opinion, nothing to back it up. – FumbleFingers Mar 14 at 17:28
  • Can you find a link to the as-published documents? Now that China and Pakistan can see them, their contents are not exactly secret anymore. Another article in The Hindu suggests that the most valuable secrets in the documents were the prices of the aircraft, rather than the capabilities of the aircraft. – Jasper Mar 14 at 18:46
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War capacity means military capabilities or potential. The capabilities of a warplane might include technical details like range, maximum speed, amount of bombs or missiles it can carry, what electronic equipment it carries, etc.

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"Payload" is probably what is meant by "war capacity of an aircraft".

There is a trade-off between payload (what, and how much, can be carried by an aircraft) and fuel. More fuel allows the plane to go faster and/or further.

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