One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
attributive (of a missile) designed to be fired from the ground or a vessel at an aircraft.
- ‘When we then learned from the local news bulletins that defence systems such as surface-to-air missiles now encircle the city, many residents felt positively unsafe.’
- ‘Witnesses said the helicopter appeared to have been hit by a surface-to-air missile and exploded on hitting the ground.’
- ‘A US defence official said the land-based surface-to-air missile was fired from the Crimean region of Ukraine.’
- ‘The two men are suspected of trying to smuggle into this country shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles designed to shoot down aircraft.’
- ‘They still have some aircraft hidden and they still have some surface-to-air missiles of relatively short range that are there.’
- ‘Several companies were showing details of systems that can be installed on civilian aircraft to confuse surface-to-air missiles.’
- ‘There are stepped-up air patrols, surface-to-air missiles at critical points, and tougher security checks for travelers.’
- ‘A Western diplomatic source said Nigeria already had a supply of Soviet surface-to-air missiles, but that they were in a poor state of repair.’
- ‘The US armed them, taught them how to fire surface-to-air missiles and dressed their wounds.’
- ‘On Saturday, insurgents hit a civilian cargo plane with a surface-to-air missile, but the aircraft landed safely.’
- ‘Most of his attacks on US and British aircraft, however, come from surface-to-air missile sites on the ground, rather than from his airforce.’
- ‘Two naturalized U.S. citizens were indicted yesterday in a scheme to smuggle surface-to-air missiles into this country.’
- ‘The Soviet-made surface-to-air missiles were fired from fields eight miles away.’
- ‘They also fired both surface-to-air missiles and surface-to-surface missiles.’
- ‘Well, the vulnerability of commercial aircraft to surface-to-air missiles has been demonstrated.’
- ‘There was a potential threat from surface-to-air missiles and of attack while on the ground, which required a precise tactical operation.’
- ‘They stay above 5,000 feet, to avoid the threat of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles and small arms fire.’
- ‘The Americans claimed they had destroyed surface-to-air missile batteries and levelled terrorist training facilities around the city.’
- ‘To fire a surface-to-air missile, it takes a little bit of expertise.’
- ‘The same day, a shoulder-launched, surface-to-air missile was fired at a US aircraft, but missed.’
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