force extension

force extension

Tankers escorting fighters are force extended when they are refueled by other tankers while en route to their destination. Force extension is normally required when tankers are acting in a dual-role capacity because their cargo will likely preclude carrying enough fuel for the tanker and receivers to reach the final destination. On global attack missions, force extension can also be used to extend the effective range, payload, and loiter time of combat aircraft due to the increased offload capacity of the force extended tanker. See also air refueling; dual-role tanker.
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The Department of Defense must not rest in its pursuit of advancements in the field of force extension.
They blew leads as high as 14 points in the second half, and needed to come back from a five-point deficit late in regulation to force extension.
One of the Government's main solutions to the long-term shortage of NHS dentists (remember Tony Blair's pledge in 1998 that everyone in the country would have access to an NHS dentist by 2002) seems to be to force extension of water fluoridation nationwide, including Merseyside.