counterfire

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counterfire

[′kau̇nt·ər‚fīr]
(ordnance)
Fire delivered in answer to the fire of an attacker.
Fire intended to destroy or neutralize enemy weapons.
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By the time the first shells are landing many miles away, the AS 90 battery is already on the move, safe from counter-battery fire.
Counter-battery fire from the fortress decapitated a gunner and gutted his mate.
Some form of solid protection is thus necessary for the howitzers and their crews, but in these days of dispensed armour-penetrating submunitions, the only safe response to counter-battery fire is movement away from the firing point -- and fast.
The longer the engagement time the greater the possibility that the firing unit will be detected and receive incoming counter-battery fires.