anti-aircraft artillery

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anti-aircraft artillery (AAA)

Projectile weapons and their related equipment, such as radar, employed on ground or ships to strike airborne aircraft. The term is generally used for guns, but it includes guided missiles as well.
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DAMASCUS, (SANA) -- A military spokesman issued the following statement: At 11:40 AM on 22/6/2012, an unidentified aerial target violated Syrian airspace, coming from the west at a very low altitude and at high speed over territorial waters, so the Syrian anti-air defenses counteracted with anti-aircraft artillery, hitting it directly as it was 1 kilometer away from land, causing it to crash into Syrian territorial waters west of Om al-Tuyour village in Lattakia province, 10 kilometers from the beach.
The Syrian air defenses had reacted with the anti-aircraft artillery, directly affecting" the target, according to SANA.
He was a lieutenant in the 167th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion during World War II, and he was active in the theater group, the Players Club of Swarthmore (PA), where he directed twenty-four productions and appeared in thirty-two productions.
Technical sergeant, 390th Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self-Propelled) | Army | Europe
The anti-aircraft artillery (AAA) drills are held at the "Shabla" training ground near the northern Black Sea coast with the participation of units from Bulgaria's and Serbia's army.
They will also be in range of anti-aircraft artillery - as the rebel pilot shot down by his own people found out.
Also on display will be paintings of the devastation caused by the Blitz by war artist William Ware and a 'Bren Gun' - a lightweight machine gun - used as anti-aircraft artillery.
62 machine-gun ammunition, 24 rocket-propelled grenades, 60 fuses and anti-aircraft artillery parts.
Pantsir-S1 is a short-to-medium range combined surface-to-air missile and anti-aircraft artillery system specifically designed to protect point and area targets.
It was described as being equipped with torpedoes, missiles (both anti-ship and anti-air), anti-aircraft artillery and a single naval cannon.
One of nearly 700 serving in the 134th Anti-Aircraft Artillery (AAA) Wolfe was sent to Scotland after basic training then on to "Buzz Bomb Alley" near Dover on the English Channel.
Ack Ack was the Army term for Anti-Aircraft Artillery and derives from the World War One phonetic alphabet for AA.