close air support


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close air support

Air action by fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and that require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces. Also called CAS. See also air interdiction; air support; immediate mission request; preplanned mission request.
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The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency missions.
Either the local forces fighting against IS will have to learn this technique that requires high military expertise, or special detachments formed by countries contributing to the coalition will be assigned to each combat zone or to major units as a close air support coordinator.
BEIRUT: The Lebanese Army has asked the United States for military aid that includes new fixed-wing airplanes to use as close air support while battling extremist militants encamped in the mountains outside Arsal, an official briefed on the request told The Daily Star.
With such a long lifespan, the B-52 has secured a storied past, taking part in many operations, ranging from performing airborne alert patrols during the Cold War to providing close air support through the use of precision guided munitions during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Coalition forces on the ground monitored the men for several hours to ensure positive identification and intent of the individuals prior to calling for close air support, the NATO-led force said.
Flying Black Ponies: The Navy's Close Air Support Squadron in Vietnam.
The Strike Eagle is a variant of the F-15 supersonic jet designed to strike ground targets and provide close air support for infantry.
They plan, communicate and coordinate the ground commander's need for Close Air Support.
Fast Mover is designed to practise close air support operations and forward air control techniques.
After positive identification, coalition forces engaged and killed them with attack helicopters and a close air support bomber,'' the statement said.
Editorial Abstract: The importance of close air support (CAS) is greater now than in any of our most recent conflicts, dating back to Operation Desert Storm.
Close air support (CAS)--the term evokes scenes from the movie Platoon where a ground commander is exhorting aircraft to "drop all remaining on my pos [position]" to avoid being overrun by enemy forces.