defensive fire


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defensive fire

Fire delivered by supporting units to assist and protect a unit engaged in a defensive action.
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This first problem creates the second problem, which is that an attack will require a separate fleet of F-16 fighters unencumbered by GBU-28s to go in first and suppress the defensive fire, further complicating the mission.
The B-52 Defensive Fire Control System Association June 13-16, 2013 Fairborn Ohio.
The intense defensive fire from those two districts have led some rebel leaders to speculate that there are important individuals there, possibly even Gaddafi, according to AL HAYAT.
The Japanese sent up a furious defensive fire that, though often inaccurate, was deadly if only for its sheer volume.
As the Afghan-led element moved into the target area, they immediately began receiving fire from a mosque and surrounding woods, and then returned defensive fire.
In both instances, rapid long-range accurate defensive fire forced the attackers to go to ground.
Grasping the importance of the game, the Trojans came out with a defensive fire and forced 13 steals to help beat Stanford 82-71 Saturday at Staples Center.
He needs to exchange defensive fire with his attacker, but his gun isn't loaded.
These recent remarks, that drew defensive fire, proved the former Jello spokesman has guts and thrust Cosby back onto the national stage.
Finally,one of the Japanese planes broke through the defensive fire of the Australian destroyer,Warramunga,and seemed certain to hit her -until,at the last moment, she twisted in flight and crashed into the American destroyer Brooks.
The last two cases remind us that often, it is user-error that causes the gun to fail to shoot when defensive fire is desperately needed.