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air interception Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term air interception.

air interception Definition (US DoD)

Official definition of the United States Department of the term air interception.

air interception



To effect visual or electronic contact by a friendly aircraft with another aircraft. Normally, the air intercept is conducted in the following five phases: a. climb phase — Airborne to cruising altitude. b. maneuver phase — Receipt of initial vector to target until beginning transition to attack speed and altitude. c. transition phase — Increase or decrease of speed and altitude required for the attack. d. attack phase — Turn to attack heading, acquire target, complete attack, and turn to breakaway heading. e. recovery phase — Breakaway to landing. See also close-controlled air interception. (US DoD)
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