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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Pilots launch out of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas to provide close air support to the 116th CBCT in the brigade's fight against opposing forces provided by the U.S.
Close Air Support 2019 will provide delegates with exclusive briefings from leading US and British organisations in the field of air-land integration and joint fires including: US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), UK Typhoon Force Standards and RAF Centre for Air Power Studies.
While the Lavi program never accomplished the desired output of close air support fighters, Golan successfully highlights the importance of modern Israeli aviation in galvanizing the strategic relationship between Israel and the United States.
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.
Charles Lister, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, said acquiring new close air support planes "could well be of strategic value to the Lebanese military in its campaign against jihadist militants."
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.
Equipped with at least 76 rockets for close air support and advanced electronic war materials, ATAK will use locally manufactured 'Mizrak' anti-tank missiles.
New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & Industry Features) Fri, May 2, 2014 - Boeing's AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter has flown for the first time in its production configuration, moving the program another step closer to full-scale production while continuing to prove the helicopter's close air support and attack capabilities.
"They tried to overwhelm our marines to regain their camp but we have back-up forces nearby and close air support," military spokesman Captain Ryan Lacuesta was quoted by AP news agency as saying.
Joint terminal attack controllers, or JTACs, the forces on the ground who direct close air support used Bold Quest to certify the equipment they use to communicate with aircrews before deploying to Afghanistan, said Maj.
Fighter jets and combat helicopters are usually called in to provide close air support for coalition troops pinned down by insurgent fire, while drones tend to be used for manhunts.
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.