airborne interception


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airborne interception

Intercepting and, if necessary, either shooting down or forcing an intruder or an unidentified aircraft to land at the desired base. An interceptor aircraft is normally guided to the intruder by either a ground radar controller or AEW (airborne early warning) aircraft.
airborne lift/airlift
i. The total capacities expressed in terms of personnel and cargo that are, or can be, carried by available aircraft in a single sortie.
ii. The transporting of personnel or material in aircraft.
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