defilade


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defilade

[′def·ə‚läd]
(ordnance)
An arrangement of fortifications that minimizes the effect of frontal or enfilading fire and plunging or reverse fire.
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In fog, darkness, or defilade, other Germans will recognize this man as their own and not shoot at him.
If the tripod has been secured by sandbags and the T&E mechanism clamps left undisturbed, the gun can be removed and then re-mounted and the target accurately engaged, even when firing from defilade.
Plymouth, Minn.-based Alliant Techsystems' armament systems division is already supplying experimental "smart" ammunition to the Army for its XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System.
The XM25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System is reportedly a high-tech rifle that can be programmed so that its 25 mm ammunition does not necessarily explode on impact, but it can be set to detonate either in front of or behind a target, meaning it literally will go through a wall before it explodes and kills the enemy, the report said.
For example, exercises in determining defilade were popular instructive tools in descriptive geometry; however, practicing military engineers did not use the technique for building forts.
The landscape was desolate and barren and marked with hull defilade armor fighting positions and troop trenches.
NTC The MP firepower can destroy enemy personnel Military police and engage lightly armored vehicles from a seldom display defilade position.
While ground observers would usually suffice, there were certain situations in which an aerial observer would be a necessity--as when enemy artillery was in defilade. But the aerial observer would have to be immediately available to the artillery battalion commander.
Each of the LWR-equipped tank crews conducted 10 defensive engagements moving from a fighting position to defilade. In all cases the incoming laser energy was detected by the LWR.
After dodging German fires, SGT Early steered his 16 men to the defilade, then up a cut in the valley that led behind the German positions.