Air Warfare Glossary of common abbreviations

AAA

Anti Aircraft Artillery

AAM

Air to Air missile

AEW

Airborne early warning

ADF

Automatic Direction Finding

ALCM

Air launched Cruise missile

AMRAAM

Advanced Medium range Air to Air Missile

AFB

Air force base (US)

ASST

Anti Ship Surveillance and Targeting

ASW

Anti Submarine Warfare

AOA

Angle of Attack

AWACS

Airborne Warning And Control System

AGM

Air to Ground missile

CAP

Combat Air Patrol

Comint

Communications Intelligence

ECM

Electronic Counter measures

ESM

Electronic Support measures

Elint

Electronic Intelligence

FAC

Forward air control

FLIR

Forward Looking Infra Red

HARM

High speed Anti Radiation Missile

HAS

Hardened aircraft shelter

HDU

Hose Drum unit

HUD

Head up display

ICBM

Inter continental Ballistic Missile

IDF/AF

Israeli Defence Force/ Air Force

IFF

Identification Friend or Foe

ILS

Instrument landing system

IR

Infra Red

IRCM

Infra Red countermeasures

JASDF

Japanese Air Self Defence Force

LRMTS

Laser ranger and marked target seeker

LZ

Landing zone

NORAD

North American Air Defence Command

MAD

Magnetic abnormality detector

PGM

Precision guided munition (laser guided bomb)

RAF

Royal Air Force

RAAF

Royal Australian Air force

USAF

United states Air force

RNAS

Royal Navy Air Station

RFC

Royal Flying Corps

RWR

Radar warning Receiver

SAC

Strategic Air control (US)

SACEUR

Supreme Allied Commander Europe

SAM

Surface to Air missile

SAR

Search and Rescue

SDI

Strategic Defence Initiative (Star Wars)

Sigint

Signals intelligence

SLAR

Side looking airborne radar

SRAM

Short range attack missile

STOL

Short take off and landing

TELINT

Telemetry Intelligence

VTOL

Vertical take off and landing

OKB

Experimental Aircraft Bureau (Russian)

UHF

Ultra High Frequency

VHF

Very High Frequency

 

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How to cite this article: Dugdale Pointon, T. (30 March 2007), Air War Glossary of common abbreviations , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/concepts_air_glossary.html

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