surface-to-air missile

(redirected from surface-to-air)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
Related to surface-to-air: Surface-to-air missiles

surface-to-air missile

[′sər·fəs tü ′er ‚mis·əl]
(ordnance)
A guided missile designed to be fired at an airborne target from the ground or from the deck of a surface ship; examples include Bomarc, Hawk, Nike, Talos, Tartar, Terrier, and Wizard. Abbreviated SAM.
References in periodicals archive ?
Troops and surface-to-air missiles may be placed on top of London apartment building to provide security against a possible terrorist strike during the 2012 Olympic Games.
The New York-based group said it had seen two sites near Sirte, hometown of the late Gadhafi, containing surface-to-air missiles, tank and mortar rounds, munitions and thousands of guided and unguided aerial weapons.
Television footage showed one surface-to-air missile falling into the sea well away from its target.
WASSIT / Aswat al-Iraq: Thirteen rockets, including surface-to-air ones, were seized north of al-Kut, according to a security source in Wassit.
Russia has announced its readiness to supply Turkey with S-300 and S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, and it has also pointed out that contracts to supply Saudi Arabia with weapons are being finalized, the Syrian daily AL WATAN reported Thursday.
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.
Baidatz told the Knesset security and foreign affairs committee that the Russian-made surface-to-air missiles type "GLA 9K338" can bring down reconnaissance planes, helicopter gunships and advanced F-16 fighter jets, which form the backbone of the Israeli air force.
MILITARY chiefs fear Taliban warlords are trying to get their hands on surface-to-air missiles to shoot down British helicopters.
Raytheon Company's AIM-9X Sidewinder missile demonstrated surface-to-air capability when it engaged an unmanned aircraft vehicle target during a May 16 test.
Even though the United States, Russia, and the four major West European suppliers tend to dominate the delivery of the fourteen classes of weapons examined, it is also evident that the other European suppliers, and non-European suppliers, including China, are capable of providing specific classes of conventional armaments, such as tanks, missiles, armored vehicles, aircraft, artillery pieces, and the various missile categories, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air, and anti-ship, to developing nations, should their systems prove attractive to prospective purchasers.
After three years of research and development, there is still no consensus on whether airliners should be equipped with technology to protect them from shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missiles.
Over the past three years, rotary-wing forces operating in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom have suffered combat-related losses as a result of unsophisticated air defense systems such as infrared surface-to-air missiles, rocket-propelled grenades, and small arms fire.

Full browser ?