counterair

Related to counterair: Air interdiction

counterair

A mission that integrates offensive and defensive operations to attain and maintain a desired degree of air superiority. Counterair missions are designed to destroy or negate enemy aircraft and missiles, both before and after launch. See also air superiority; mission; offensive counterair.
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Chinese offensive counterair, defensive counterair, and air defense networks could track and engage current US RPAs.
Just as air superiority has long formed a major tenet of US operational planning, missile defenses may become a larger component of the defensive counterair mission.
For this article, we define aircraft that fall into the DOD UAS Category 1 (weighing less than 20 pounds) as an sUAS6 because the interdiction of larger than Category 1 aircraft quickly approaches traditional defensive counterair operations.
F-35Bs operating from M-FARPs will often achieve their best successes as elements of broader air-component information, surveillance, reconnaissance, counterair and air-defense missile, and counterair operations.
Consideration for the counterair threat is given very little coverage at the U.
Surface-to-air missiles are the Soviets' preferred counterair weapons system.
32) Aircraft operating in this regime are not likely to be operated in high-threat airspace, as they are vulnerable to high-altitude surface-to-air missiles and counterair threats.
Higher headquarters concluded that P-51-equipped units in the future would focus on higher-altitude counterair operations.
Through our offensive counterair efforts and control of the electromagnetic spectrum for the last two decades, we have earned a relatively permissive air environment, with perhaps a few exceptions.
These tasks provide for air interdiction (AI), close air support (CAS), and counterair missions, holding within-visual-range (WVR) and beyond-visual-range (BVR) engagements as a baseline.
Some of the skills the forces honed during Valiant Shield included anti-submarine exercises aimed at protecting carriers while they launch and recover aircraft, defensive counterair scenarios using airpower to defend ships, and surveillance missions focused on using and combining every platform available.