airborne alert


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airborne alert

[′er‚bȯrn ə′lərt]
(ordnance)
A state of aircraft readiness wherein combat-equipped aircraft are rapidly airborne and ready for immediate action; it is designed to reduce reaction time and to increase the survival factor.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

airborne alert

i. Strike aircraft standing by in the air waiting to be called by control to proceed to a target area. An airborne alert is generally for a ground-attack mission, but it can also be for an air defense mission.
ii. Air defense aircraft standing by in the air to be ready to intercept any enemy raid.
iii. Long-duration missions flown by bombers ready in all respects to take on enemy targets with reduced reaction time.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved
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