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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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Held model [7] and Brode model [5] predict the highest and lowest values, respectively, among all the investigated free air burst and surface burst models for the selected range of scaled distance Z (4.353-1.830 m/[kg.sup.1/3]) in this study.
The US Army'sOrbitalATK/Heckler and Koch XM-25 Counter Defilade Target Engagement System (also known as 'The Punisher'), airburst grenade launcher which is currently in development, requires the pre-programming of 40mm smart sensor grenades for air burst capabilities which determines the range to target for optimal detonation.
Let's see the Jeep Surge and Mazda2 Megaton Air Burst.
Quick reaction capability (QRC) programs such as the massive ordnance air burst (MOAB) have generated substantial headlines, which would lead one to believe that only the briefest of planning horizons is necessary for the development of modern armament.
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South Africa is recalling millions of locally manufactured condoms after tens of thousands failed an air burst test, dealing a further blow to the country's campaign to prevent the spread of AIDS.
In France, I got hit by an air burst from a railroad gun.
It explodes in a terrifying nuclear bomb-like mushroom cloud and wreaks destruction through a massive shockwave created by the air burst and high temperature.
INNOCENT AIR burst on to the Classic scene and earned quotes of 33-1 for the 1,000 Guineas and Oaks after she lost her maiden tag in the lofty Listed company of the Washington Singer Stakes.
In theory at least, the direct-fire mortar could engage helicopters at close ranges (approximately 1,000 meters) by firing HE rounds with variable time (VT) fuses to achieve an air burst. It is doubtful that this was ever tested, much less actually attempted, but it may still be viable.
"Mother of All Bombs" T-shirts are selling well in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, the home of the Massive Ordnance Air Burst (MOAB).
The US has been showing off all the toys it will use to blow the Iraqis into oblivion, themost obscene of which has to be the Massive Ordnance Air Burst,or MOAB,bomb.The most powerful non-nuclear bomb ever devised.