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Explosion of a bomb or shell in the atmosphere.
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(Military) the explosion of a bomb, shell, etc, in the air
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the explosion of a bomb or shell in midair.
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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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The airburst damaged over 7,000 structures within the surrounding area.
The RGW, (Recoilless Grenade Weapon) comes in a 60 and 90 caliber variant, (a 110 is under development) but the key is the rocket propelled smart ammo that delivers either a direct punch to vehicles or bunkers, or an airburst projectile that will shower an opponent hiding a specified distance away.
Raytheon's Pyros, 6 kilogram glide bombs with GPS, inertial, and laser guidance options for deployment from small UAVs, even have a fuse programmable for airburst, delay, or point detonation.
"She could have brought an anthrax airburst device on board and detonated it over Washington DC while the aircraft was on a diplomatic mission."
But the Tunguska airburst stands as the most powerful impact event in recorded human history, and it remains enigmatic, as scientists don't know the origin of the object or whether it was an asteroid or a comet.
The current theory is that this was a cosmic airburst caused by a meteor or comet exploding in the skies above this region.
Some 3,700 years ago, a meteor or comet exploded over the Middle East, wiping out human life across a swath of land called Middle Ghor, north of the Dead Sea, say archaeologists who have found evidence of the cosmic airburst.
Although the aesthetics of such an act would shock the world as humanity has not seen a nuclear airburst since that done by China in 1980, this would not be the beginning of hostilities.
The DM11 high explosive round offers a particularly valuable capability as it can perform point detonation, delayed detonation or airburst to a maximum range of five kilometres (3.1 miles).
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Armour-piercing and training rounds are already qualified for military service, while an airburst round for use against ground targets and a point-detonating round that can penetrate thick concrete are completing qualification.