ground alert


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ground alert

That status in which aircraft on the ground or the deck are fully serviced and armed, with combat crews in readiness to take off within a specified short period of time (usually 2, 5, 15, or 30 min) after receipt of a mission order.
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Assuming nominal times for detecting the launch, issuing the warning, scrambling, and climbing out, fighter aircraft on ground alert at Aviano Air Base, Italy, would have sufficient time to scramble, acquire, and track the threat, and then launch an interceptor for a terminal-phase engagement.
Instead, ground alert and selective flights would take eventually take the place of constant CAP.
18am but, minutes later, it developed problems sparking a ground alert at the airport.
THE Godolphin team yesterday issued a ground alert over Kayf Tara's participation in Thursday's Goodwood Cup after the potentially all-conquering stayer was named as one of 11 five-day acceptors at the weekend.