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airburst

[′er‚bərst]
(ordnance)
Any burst in the air, but usually the bursting of a projectile or bomb above the ground with resulting spray of fragments. Also known as aerial burst.

airburst

An explosion of a bomb or a projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on impact with the surface or after penetration. Special fuses are used for this purpose.
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They had come under machine-gun and mortar fire, some of them airbursts, and the braver of their adversaries were creeping into grenade range.
The shock wave produced by the airburst could have slammed into the ground at 180 kilometers per hour, a gust with the wind speed of a category-3 hurricane, the team reports in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of Impact Engineering.
The Claymore mine for defence of fixed positions, and the airburst Splintex artillery shell was the US Army's solution to massed attacks.
The new round uses a fragmenting war-bead and programmable fuses that can be set for either point-detonation against hard targets or for airburst, to strike soft targets.
Best of all, you get the fancy gun, currently in development, that can switch between automatic fire and airburst grenades, calls in air strikes using a laser designator and even shoots round corners.
Powered with pressurised air, the Airburst claims to be the highest flying rocket you can buy and comes with plenty of advice about where to use it and when.
50-cal rounds and 152 nun airburst rounds, said Sgt.
Only 200 kilos if the powerful plague sprayed from planes or using airburst bombs could kill 500,000 people.
Excalibur can be programmed for airburst, point and delay detonation.
According to Rhinmetall, "Teamed with Rheinmetall's high-performance 35mm Ahead airburst ammunition, the Millennium gun gives the Danish Navy a close-range self-defense capability for protecting high-value assets that is second to none.
The Carl Gustaf M4 was not the only star at the firing range, as the new AT-4 CS HE with airburst capability, the NLAW and the 60 mm and 81 mm Mapam mortar bombs also were able to prove their worth.
Uniquely different from conventional ammunition, the 40mm airburst uses a programmable, time-based fuse technology that computes and programs the detonation time into the fuze.