combat air patrol(redirected from Target Combat air patrol)
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combat air patrol
An aircraft patrol provided over an objective area, the force protected, the critical area of a combat zone, or in an air defense area, for the purpose of intercepting and destroying hostile aircraft before they reach their targets. Also called CAP. See also airborne alert; barrier combat air patrol; patrol; rescue combat air patrol.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.