10 Facts About Air defence


Anti-aircraft warfare, counter-air or air defence is the battlespace response to aerial warfare, defined by NATO as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action".

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Missile defence is an extension of air defence, as are initiatives to adapt air defence to the task of intercepting any projectile in flight.

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In some armies the term All-Arms Air Defence is used for air defence by nonspecialist troops.

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Air defence has included other elements, although after the Second World War most fell into disuse:.

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Basic air defence unit is typically a battery with 2 to 12 guns or missile launchers and fire control elements.

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Air defence had made huge advances, albeit from a very low starting point.

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Air defence ordered the Bofors weapon system to be investigated.

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Anti-UAV Air defence systems have been deployed against ISIL drones during the Battle of Mosul.

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An example of area Air defence is the Air defence of Saudi Arabia and Israel by MIM-104 Patriot missile batteries during the first Gulf War, where the objective was to cover populated areas.

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One feature that makes RPGs useful in air defence is that they are fused to automatically detonate at 920 m If aimed into the air this causes the warhead to airburst which can release a limited but potentially damaging amount of shrapnel hitting a helicopter landing or taking off.

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