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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The E-6B can maintain continuous airborne and ground alert coverage, and operate in low-frequency to extra-high-frequency ranges.
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.
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In addition to those flying, we maintained forces on ground alert as well.