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air cover

[′er ‚kəv·ər]
(ordnance)
The protection against attack, especially air attack, given by airplanes to surface or airborne forces.
The airplanes giving, or designated to give, this protection.

air cover

The protection against attack, particularly air attack, given by aircraft to surface or airborne forces. The term applies to aircraft that give, or are designated to give, this protection.
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The captain of the merchant vessel profusely thanked the Indian Naval ships for their response and for providing air cover, he said.
Lieutenant General Abdelwahab al-Saadi, the commander of the operation, said: "Iraqi forces entered Fallujah under air cover from the international coalition, the Iraqi air force and army aviation, and supported by artillery and tanks."
"Russia has reduced its air strikes Syria, and so all those Iranians are getting killed because of a lack of air cover," Kamhawi said.
The ministry added that MiG-29 provided air cover to the Russian bombers that were carrying out raids against positions of ISIS terrorist organization in Syria.
We should have sought to buy other jet fighters like British, French and Russian to secure the air cover for our forces; if we had air cover we would have averted what had happened."
Let those who are higher up on the company ladder provide air cover for any of those unpopular decisions in the corporate arena.
Successful amphibious operations were carried out by the Saad bin Abi Waqqas combined taskforce under massive air cover in the war-game exercise, code-named 'Islands of Loyalty', in parallel with the diplomatic, media and legal efforts.
Without air cover, the troops have been unable to overwhelm rebel forces and wrest control from them.
In a scenario like that our Marines would not have a chance without air cover, that is assuming we still have any Royal Marines.
Dr Liam Fox said: "Tornado GR4s provide essential air cover to our service personnel on the ground and leading the fight against deadly IEDs (improvised explosive devices) from the air.
The Russian base currently deploys about 400 troops, as well as 20 combat and transport planes, helicopters, and L-39 trainers.Russian troops are stationed at Kant under an agreement in the framework of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) - a regional security bloc in Central Asia, which also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.The Kant base is intended to provide air cover for possible operations by CSTO joint forces in Central Asia.Russia annually pays some $4.5 million to Kyrgyzstan for the lease of military facilities and also provides Bishkek with military and technical equipment as part of the lease agreements.