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.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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Beijing knows that any contest in Asia will probably be a naval and air-combat struggle, and it has prepared accordingly by developing sophisticated counterspace, counterair and countermaritime capabilities.
During the next two decades, these small UASs will increasingly supplement traditional aircraft in the performance of close-air support (CAS), reconnaissance, counterair, communications, and resupply missions.
The perils inherent in the book's analytical tilt in favor of Taiwan extend to other areas, perhaps most critically to the author's assessment (which relies on some of his previous, similar work) that the threat that China's conventional missile force and counterair systems pose to Taiwan's air force and navy is manageable.
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.
Consideration for the counterair threat is given very little coverage at the U.S.
(4.) 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.