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Explosion of a bomb or shell in the atmosphere.


(Military) the explosion of a bomb, shell, etc, in the air



the explosion of a bomb or shell in midair.


An explosion of a bomb or projectile above the surface as distinguished from an explosion on contact with the surface or after penetration. See also types of burst.
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Noun1.airburst - an explosion in the atmosphere
blowup, detonation, explosion - a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction
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Teamed with Rheinmetall s high-performance 35mm Ahead airburst ammunition, the Millennium gun gives the Danish Navy a close-range self-defence capability for protecting high-value assets that is second to none.
Suddenly there was a loud series of cracks, louder and much closer than the grenades: airburst mortar bombs.
net: "We could see an airburst, maybe broken windows, depending on where it hits.
The high explosive round can be fitted with an advanced sight that allows to communicate with the round itself, setting the time fuse in order to explode the round over the target, in airburst mode with an incapacitation area of over 400 [m.
Harker of Buckley's 310th Force Support Squadron at Fort Carson's Airburst Range in Pueblo, Colorado.
During this phase, engineers worked to integrate sensors and logic devices that will help to scan and Alter the environment and then autonomously airburst the fuze in the ideal spot.
Nammo has also been contracted to provide Canada with not only standard high-explosive 40mm rounds, but also their newly developed programmable airburst munitions.
He experienced the vicious fighting of the Italian campaign until, whilst preparing to cross the Moro River and move into battle with the West Nova Scotias, he was wounded by an airburst shell planned to harass and deny the obvious route to Ortona.
The programmable airburst round determines the distance it travels based on the number of times it rotates after leaving the barrel of the weapon.
Among its few characteristics, the (AMP) round will have the ability to arm as it leaves the Abrams's gun-tube, have more than three modes of detonation, and be able to detonate in airburst mode with incredible precision.
Other poorly witnessed events of similar intensity may have occurred during the last century or so, most notably an energetic airburst over north-west Brazil in 1930.
This morning's event is reminiscent of the enormous airburst that occurred over the Tunguska River in Central Siberia in 1908, releasing 1,000 times more energy than was released by the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima.