close air support

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close air support (CAS)

An air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in proximity to friendly forces. This requires detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces. Close air support may be preplanned or immediate.
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The report said that only eight pilots were trained to carry out ground-attack missions and that five pilots have been grounded.
As the second of Histoire & Collections books on the Mirage F1, this book focuses on three versions: reconnaissance (FICR), ground-attack (F1CT) and export.
An unidentified foreign customer is said to be interested in at least 20 of the aircraft and is believed to want the AT-3 to serve as a ground-attack plane, rather than as jet trainer.
Government troops with the support of artillery and ground-attack aircraft successfully repulsed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) attack through Thursday night when LTTE fighters in large numbers struck against security forces west of Sarasalai in the vicinity of Jaffna, an official statement said Friday.
Defence company Dowty Aerospace is ready to take to the air with its equipment on the world's most advanced ground-attack fighter plane.
Six ground-attack Harriers attacked Serb targets overnight as two of their colleagues also took to the air as ``spares.
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New Anti-Narcotic Roles for Peru's Sukhoi Su-25 -- Eighteen heavily-armored Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" ground-attack aircraft operated by the Peruvian Air Force (FAP) are to reinforce national efforts against drug trafficking, according to President Alberto Fujimori.
The airstrikes launched in Iraq were in coordination with and in support of the government, using bomber, attack, fighter, and ground-attack aircraft against IS targets, it said.
They currently play a vital role in supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan and they will continue to form the backbone of our ground-attack capability until the Joint Strike Fighter arrives and the Typhoon s ground attack capability is fully mature in a few years time.
However, the Thunderbolt gained its greatest fame and biggest numerical successes as a ground-attack aircraft.
The Air Force is planning to redesignate the fighter to F/A-22, reflecting its ground-attack capability.

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