fighter sweep


Also found in: Encyclopedia.

fighter sweep

An offensive mission by fighter aircraft to seek out and destroy enemy aircraft or targets of opportunity in an allotted area of operations.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The OCA mission consists of attack operations, the suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), fighter sweep, and fighter escort, with the aim of controlling the air and preventing enemy launches of air and missile capabilities.
In an offensive fighter sweep near Amritsar, Yousuf was leading a four-ship Sabre formation.
During a fighter sweep across the English channel that day, one of the 31st Fighter Group pilots, Lt.
Mungo fought with great distinction during the Battle of Britain and then took over command of his squadron before being killed in 1941 during a fighter sweep over the continent.
He shows how achieving these transformational operational goals requires performance of the four offensive counterair functions of surface attack, fighter sweep, escort, and suppression of enemy air defenses (SEAD), as well as defensive counterair.
The basic air patrol or fighter sweep involved `gaggles' [strung-out formations] of F-86s in four-plane cells patrolling MiG Alley to lure the enemy into combat or intercept MiGs trying to slip through to attack F-80 or F-84 fighter-bombers" wrote Bill Yenne in The History of the U.
P-40s and P-47s were now flying as far as Wewak and relieved the P-38 force of some of the escort and fighter sweep effort on that front.
However, the bomber-sized vehicle will require fighter sweep, threat suppression, and jamming support to protect this very expensive investment.
The 52d Fighter Group was assigned to help escort the B-17s to Memmingen, but once in the target area, around 1030 hours, it was to leave the bombers and conduct a fighter sweep out in front of them, leaving the 332d Fighter Group alone to escort the bombers.
Fighter Command's Air War 1941: RAF Circus Operations and Fighter Sweeps Against the Luftwaffe
There is no critical attention given to the actual value of the attritional "circus" and "rhubarb" fighter sweeps over northern France that generated most of the Eagles' casualties, nor are other aspects of air power, like strategic bombing or aerial reconnaissance, given much attention.
After securing victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940, the Royal Air Force wasted no time in moving over to the offensive, mounting increasingly large-scale fighter sweeps over Nazioccupied France.