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air cover

[′er ‚kəv·ər]
(ordnance)
The protection against attack, especially air attack, given by airplanes to surface or airborne forces.
The airplanes giving, or designated to give, this protection.

air cover

The protection against attack, particularly air attack, given by aircraft to surface or airborne forces. The term applies to aircraft that give, or are designated to give, this protection.
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We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened.
Dr Liam Fox said: "Tornado GR4s provide essential air cover to our service personnel on the ground and leading the fight against deadly IEDs (improvised explosive devices) from the air.
Neighbouring police forces will provide air cover while safety checks take place.
Although Coventry defended itself on the ground with anti-aircraft fire, there was no air cover - no Spitfires.
Police restored air cover above the West Midlands within two hours of the incident and moves are already underway to bring in a permanent replacement.
The Kant base is intended to provide air cover for possible operations by CSTO joint forces in Central Asia.
Charged with providing air cover for Prince of Wales and Repulse, he shared the horror of arriving on the scene to see only Repulse's oil slick and the Prince of Wales sinking beneath the waves.
POLICE in the Midlands are to get a new helicopter under a joint scheme to boost air cover over the region's skies.
Cleveland Police Authority members are right in their commitment to retain air cover for this area and I would urge Durham to think again about the false economy of withdrawing from the present arrangement.
In the battle, the Houston fought gamely but with no air cover, and, badly outnumbered, received a deathblow.
Ultimately the close-in action described by the author is much more exciting than the normal air operations of the Air Force, which involve flying air cover on long missions, hauling men and materiel, refueling other aircraft, or flying command and control, with only the occasional mission attracting enemy fire.
As reported by National Post reporter Chris Wattie, Canada's air force is not going to provide air cover to the 2,200 ground troop deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan, and at least one retired air force officer made worrisome noises about our having to rely on other nations for help.