Sunday, August 29, 2010


An explosion of a bomb or projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on contact with the
surface or after penetration.

air-breathing missile

A missile with an engine requiring the intake of air for combustion of its fuel, as in a ramjet or turbojet.  To be contrasted with the rocket missile, which carries its own oxidizer and can operate beyond the atmosphere.

airborne troops

Those ground units whose primary mission is to make assault landings from the air.

airborne sensor operator

 An individual trained to operate sensor equipment aboard aircraft and to perform limited interpretations of collected information produced in flight.

airborne radio relay

Airborne equipment used to relay radio transmission from selected originating transmitters.

airborne order

A command and authorization for flight when a predetermined time greater than five minutes is established for aircraft to become airborne.

airborne operation

An operation involving the air movement into an objective area of combat forces and their logistic support for execution of a tactical, operational,  or strategic mission.  The means employed may be any combination of airborne units, air transportable units, and types of transport aircraft, depending on the mission and the overall situation.

airborne mission commander

The commander serves as an airborne extension of the executing component’s rescue coordination center (RCC) and coordinates the combat search and rescue (CSAR) effort between the combat search and rescue task force (CSARTF) and the RCC (or joint search and rescue center) by monitoring the status of all CSARTF elements, requesting additional assets when needed, and ensuring the recovery and supporting forces arrive at their designated areas to accomplish the CSAR mission.  The airborne mission commander (AMC) may be  designated by the component RCC or higher authority. The AMC appoints, as necessary, an onscene  commander.  Also called AMC.

airborne lift

The total capacities expressed in terms of personnel and cargo that are, or can be, carried by available aircraft in one trip.

airborne interception equipment

fire control system, including radar equipment, installed in interceptor aircraft used to effect air interception.