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airburst

[′er‚bərst]
(ordnance)
Any burst in the air, but usually the bursting of a projectile or bomb above the ground with resulting spray of fragments. Also known as aerial burst.

airburst

An explosion of a bomb or a projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on impact with the surface or after penetration. Special fuses are used for this purpose.
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The M339 HE--MP--T was purposely developed to meet urban combat needs, and thanks to its programmable multi--functional fuse it can be used in Delayed Impact, Super Quick or Air Burst modes.
Sew Chee Jhuen, president of ST Kinetics, said, We are proud to have the opportunity to provide 40mm high velocity Air Burst Ammunition for the U.
Both the Cerberus and the Hydra will also be able to fire air burst munitions, which are in an advanced development stage.
To enhance the lethality of underbar-rel grenade launchers, IMI of Israel developed the Multi Purpose Rifle System (MPRS), a system made of main subsystems: the assault rifle with UBGL, the sight with embedded Fire Control System (FCS) and a 40-mm air burst grenade with a built-in programmable fuse.
You pull the door open and crisp, cool, clean-smelling air bursts on you.
9) Steel balls enclosed in a shell case intended for air bursts, the invention of Captain Henry Shrapnel.
During that stay, we faced live bullets, Artillery shelling, air bursts, ground attacks apart from natural catastrophe like avalanches, ice covered crevices with open jaws, varying temperature from minus 20 degree to minus 50 degree.
Air bursts cause more damage than nukes detonated on the ground, he noted.
Designed with oversized compressed air cannons and reservoirs that permit high volumes of compressed air bursts to clean the filter cartridges at frequent intervals
From Friday night until Monday morning, the air bursts with such catchy tunes as "Waiting for the Robert E.