Definition of ground-to-air in English:



  • Directed or operating from the ground to an aircraft in flight.

    ‘a ground-to-air missile’
    • ‘There are no heavy machine guns, no anti-aircraft guns, no ground-to-air missiles, not even rocket-propelled grenades.’
    • ‘The enemy will use asymmetric means to counter American aerospace power, including concealment among the population, constant movement, and portable ground-to-air weapons.’
    • ‘There is a perceived threat of ground-to-air capability by the enemy.’
    • ‘He activated ground-to-air missile systems to deter inspection flights.’
    • ‘Third, even if you have a rough idea of where the plane might be, it is still far from "easy prey for convential ground-to-air missiles".’
    • ‘"There is no indication that we have seen that the enemy is employing any form of advanced ground-to-air missile," he said.’
    • ‘Air threats will be countered by ground-to-air missiles and by Canadian fighter jet patrols.’
    • ‘The ground-to-air missiles, according to Jane's Defence, are "obsolescent" with "more propaganda than practical value".’
    • ‘He was then given command of the RAF's first Bloodhound ground-to-air missile squadron.’
    • ‘Ground-to-air small arms fire pierced one of the craft's tanks, which exploded, blowing off a wing.’
    • ‘The statement, the authenticity of which could not be verified, said the plane was hit "head on" with a ground-to-air SAM - 7 missile.’
    • ‘A Board of Inquiry found that hostile ground-to-air fire had caused an explosion in the right-hand wing tank which tore part of the wing away, causing the crash.’
    • ‘Once exposed, the stealth aircraft would be easy prey for convential ground-to-air missiles.’
    • ‘Those flares are designed in case it's a ground-to-air missile that it takes the missiles off their targets.’
    • ‘Nine RAF personnel and one soldier died when their Hercules transport plane was hit by ground-to-air fire, causing an explosion in one of its fuel tanks.’
    • ‘The force will have to confront groups that are very well equipped, notably with ground-to-air missiles and armoured vehicles.’
    • ‘All the aircraft will have "passive receiving" sensors that will pick up signals if a ground-to-air missile like the SAM or Stinger or even an air-to-air missile (from another aircraft) is fired at it.’
    • ‘The Royal Artillery (the drop-shorts to us infanteers) has been using a ground-to-air missile called Javelin for donkeys years.’
    • ‘The ability to destroy or suppress the plethora of ground-to-air threats constitutes another strength.’