air umbrella

air umbrella

Airborne aircraft that provide continuous protective cover above other aircraft, over surface forces, or over a position for a given period of time.
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In the end, Mosul was retaken from the Islamic State by selected Iraqi infantry units that were trained and advised by the United States and operated under an air umbrella provided by the Americans.
But it is losing territory fast and it is important to keep in mind that much of this is irreversible for a host of reasons, including: - More important is ISIL's progressive loss of access to the Turkish border which has been largely sealed off by the advance of the Syrian Army assisted by a Russian air umbrella.
BAGHDAD / NINA / Ministry of Defense announced that the Air forces start implementation of nocturnal sorties operations in Anbar to secure air umbrella for one of the units of the ground forces.
However, unlike Libya, Washington sat on its hands, providing no air umbrella or enforcement of a cordon sanitaire.
The actual landings, which involved the use of 4,000 ships, with several thousand smaller craft, were made under cover of the most gigantic air umbrella ever seen.
The 10-person Discover Oman team has distributed 900 Oman Air umbrellas a number that might have a lot to do with the torrents of rain that the low-pressure systems rolling in from the North Atlantic have dropped on Le Havre
The 10-person "Discover Oman" team has distributed 900 Oman Air umbrellas -- a number that might have much to do with the torrents of rain that the low-pressure systems rolling in from the North Atlantic have dropped on Le Havre.