Air defense artilleryAir defense artillery
is a specialized military
unit or organization that specializes in trying to destroy enemy aircraft
from the ground. Equipment used includes radars
. Even small arms
and machine guns can be used against aircraft, as the North Vietnamese did during the Vietnam War
In the Russian Army, Air Defense is a separate armed service, reflecting its extreme importance in Russian doctrine. The United States Army has disdained air defense for ground units, counting on achieving air superiority. This has left a gap in American military equipment between the man-portable Stinger and the theater anti-missile system Patriot.
See also: military, air force, aircraft, artillery
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