air superiority


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air superiority

An air situation in which air, land, and maritime forces have full freedom of action without any effective interference from enemy air forces. At the same time, the enemy air force is denied such a freedom. The degree of freedom is slightly lower than in the case of air supremacy. Today, the preferred term is favorable air situation. See also air supremacy.
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