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airburst

[′er‚bərst]
(ordnance)
Any burst in the air, but usually the bursting of a projectile or bomb above the ground with resulting spray of fragments. Also known as aerial burst.

airburst

An explosion of a bomb or a projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on impact with the surface or after penetration. Special fuses are used for this purpose.
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Both the Cerberus and the Hydra will also be able to fire air burst munitions, which are in an advanced development stage.
To enhance the lethality of underbar-rel grenade launchers, IMI of Israel developed the Multi Purpose Rifle System (MPRS), a system made of main subsystems: the assault rifle with UBGL, the sight with embedded Fire Control System (FCS) and a 40-mm air burst grenade with a built-in programmable fuse.
The projectile's fuze was set to function above the target, resulting in an air burst which successfully disabled the light vehicles and produced lethal effects on the simulated personnel.
9) Steel balls enclosed in a shell case intended for air bursts, the invention of Captain Henry Shrapnel.
Air bursts cause more damage than nukes detonated on the ground, he noted.
Designed with oversized compressed air cannons and reservoirs that permit high volumes of compressed air bursts to clean the filter cartridges at frequent intervals
South Carolina Congressmen Henry Brown and Jim DeMint spoke at the event, lauding Force Protection's vehicles, the Cougar and Buffalo, which protect American troops against landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices, small arms fire and air bursts.
Based on exploded air bursts that we've seen in the past this could happen perhaps once a decade," Tyson said before warning that humans are almost completely helpless if a larger asteroid strikes earth.
Wales could see a month's rainfall over the next two days as the hot humid air bursts into a torrential downpour, the Met Office has predicted.
assets could include laser weapons aimed at satellites to destroy them, other dazzling lasers that could blind sensors on satellites or high-altitude nuclear air bursts that could take out a swath of civilian and military systems.