surface-to-air missile


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

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 ?
"Surface-to-air missiles would be an entirely new and deadly threat to both our and the Americans' helicopters."
The Jerusalem Post, in turn, reported that the two countries' air forces "practiced dogfights, ground bombing runs as well as flying in environments threatened by advanced surface-to-air missile systems, " in an apparent reference to the Russian-made S-300 batteries.
CNBC earlier reported that Beijing has quietly deployed anti-ship cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles on Fiery Cross Reef, Mischief Reef and Subi Reef in the West Philippine Sea or South China Sea.
The Philippine government on Friday slammed powerhouse China over the latter's reported deployment of surface-to-air missiles in one of the disputed islands in the resource-rich West Philippine Sea.
TAIPEI/WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (Reuters) -- China has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of the disputed islands it controls in the South China Sea, Taiwan and U.S.
(With MIL-IRAN-RUSSIA-MISSILES) WASHINGTON, Aug 18 (KUNA) -- The US Department of State on Tuesday reaffirmed opposition to the sale by Moscow of the S-300 long range surface-to-air missile system to Tehran.
The system involves early warning radar with a range of 500-700 km, interceptor PAC-3 and surface-to-air missile M-SAM capable of intercepting missiles at an altitude of 15 km.
I and many others asked the question even before it was announced that the cause behind the crash might be a surface-to-air missile. As far as I know, when there is a conflict of any kind, then notices to mariners and aviators are broadcast worldwide to alert seafarers and aviators of any threats.
The Pechora-2M -- known as the SA-3A Goa in NATO parlance -- is an upgraded version of a surface-to-air missile originally developed in the 1960s that was widely shared with the Soviet Union's allies around the world.
The countermeasures system is designed to protect C-17s, C-130s, and other large aircraft from infrared-guided surface-to-air missile threats by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity directed laser beam countermeasure system to track and defeat the threat.
In late February, Germany's Federal Office for Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) signed a contract with EADS Defence and Communications Systems to begin the series production of the Surface-to-Air Missile Operations Center (SAMOC) for the Luftwaffe (or German Air Force), considered a step towards implementing a network-centric-warfare concept.
Details of the two separate surface-to-air missile attack threats, that diverted the same El Al aircraft twice as it flew both to and from Los Angeles via Toronto, were reported by the Canadian press Sunday.

Full browser ?