combat air patrol


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combat air patrol

An aircraft patrol provided over an objective area, the force protected, the critical area of a combat zone, or an air defense area to intercept and destroy hostile aircraft before they reach their target.
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The current ISR system has the combined force air component commander (CFACC) apportioning a certain number of ISR combat air patrols to MNF-I.
In June 2007, the newly established wing was flying 10 combat air patrols, says Montgomery.
Two Strike Eagle flights, Coors and Bud were in a combat air patrol (CAP), one flight each to the northwest and northeast.
A single combat air patrol, or CAP, consists of four drones and two ground control stations--one deployed in theater to launch and recover the planes and one located in the United States to fly the missions.
As the Dauntlesses maneuvered into position for an attack, Fleming yelled over the radio, "Here they come," as Zero fighters of the Japanese combat air patrol began making attacks against the Marine planes.
The June 2 shoot-down of a US Air Force F-16C performing a routine combat air patrol over Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of Operation Deny Flight has left many in the international electronic warfare (EW) community asking this question: How did an SA-6 "Gainful" surface-to-air missile (SAM) system bring down an aircraft that presumably carried a radar warning receiver (RWR), chaff dispenser and jamming pod on board?
Ten F-4s flew combat air patrol in the objective area, supported by five F-105 Wild Weasels for suppressing surface-to-air missiles (SAM).
As operations officer of VMA-323, I learned that mission requirements fell into six general categories: interdiction, close air support, armed reconnaissance, rescue combat air patrol, precision radar bombing and air defense.
What made the units unique was the nearly exclusive use of enlisted aircrewmen to interpret the radar and then vector the combat air patrol (CAP) aircraft to intercept the target.
"E-2s used to primarily perform the airborne early warning mission, but now we are more involved with combat air patrol, strike and SAR support.
Landing just feet from where his aircraft crashed, the aviator quickly moved away from the area and made his way to higher ground, all the while keeping in radio contact with the rescue combat air patrol. In short order an HO3S helicopter appeared and made its way up the slope of a valley to Galer's position.

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