surface-to-air weapon


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surface-to-air weapon

A surface-launched weapon for use against airborne targets. Future developments in air defense systems may lead to the employment of weapons other than missiles and air defense guns. Examples include rockets and directed-energy weapons.
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Command and control remains a major issue, especially for Ucavs, and the ability of unmanned aircraft to survive long enough to complete their missions in a hostile environment of surface-to-air weapons and aerial opponents remains unproven.
Techniques for making aircraft more survivable to crashes and impervious to enemy surface-to-air weapons range from super-secret signature reduction designs, to advanced sensors to detect incoming weapons, to simpler methods, such as lining the fuel tank with foam.
The air defence regiment would be wound up, said reports, because the Rapier B2 surface-to-air weapons it specialises in are now obsolete and due to be taken out of service by 2005.
Patriots are guided supersonic surface-to-air weapons designed to intercept enemy missiles and aircraft with explosive warheads.
Radar-guided surface-to-air weapons, conversely, are relatively easy to detect.
The warning came after a CIA briefing revealed terror cells had smuggled lightweight surface-to-air weapons into the US.
Three SAM surface-to-air weapons were unleashed at the jets as they patrolled a no-fly zone in northern Iraq.

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