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Appendix A : glossary

Glossary of (aviation) acronyms and terms used in the aircraft directory and other pages on the MILAVIA website.

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AA
AAA
AAM
AAR
AB
A/C
ACC
ACG
ACJ
ACMI
ACMI
ADA
ADF
ADF
AdlA
ADV
AESA
AETC
AEW
AEW&C
AEZ
AF
AFB
AFM
AFRES
AFSOC
AFZ
AGM
AGS
AIM
ALARM
ALCA
ALCM
ALD
AMARC
AMI
AMP
AMRAAM
ANG
ANGB
AoA
ARM
Armada
ARS
ARW
ASM
AShM
ASW
ATC
ATE
ATFLIR
AUP
AW
AWACS
BA
BA
BAC
BAC
BAe
BAE
BFM
BRAC
BuAF
BUFF
BVR
BVRAAM
CAC
CAOC
CAP
CAS
CBU
CCIP
CFE
CIA
CIS
cn
CO
COIN
COMAO
COMINT
COMR
CSAR
CTOL
CUP
CV
CW
DACT
DCA
DEA
DSCA
EADS
ECCM
ECM
ECR
EEZ
EFA
ELINT
ELT
EO
EPAF
EPW
ETPS
EU
EUFOR
EW
EWSP
FAA
FAB
FAC
FAC
FACh
FAD
FADEC
FAE
FAG
FAH
FAM
FAP
FAS
FAU
FAV
FBW
FG
FHI
FLA
FLIR
FLT
FMA
FMS
FMV

FOC
FOD
FS
FSB
FSTA
ft
FY
FW
GBU
GCI
GCS
GmbH
GPS
HAF
HAL
HALE
HARM
HAS
HAWK
Heeresflieger
HF
hi-res
HMD
HMS
HMS
HOTAS
HQ
HRZ
HUD
IAC
IAF
IAI
IAP
IAP
IAPO
IAS
IASF
ICH
IDF
IDF
IDF/AF
IDS
IFF
IFR
IFTS
IMINT
in
INS
IOC
IP
IP
IR
IRIS-T
IRST
ISAF
ISR
Air-to-Air
Anti-Aircraft Artillery
Air-to-Air Missile
Air-to-Air Refueling
Air Base (non-USAF)
Aircraft
Air Combat Command (USAF)
Air Combat Group
Airbus Corporate Jetliner
Air Combat Manoeuvring Instrumentation
Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance, Insurance (contract)
Aeronautical Development Agency (India)
Air Defense Fighter (F-16 variant)
Air Defense Force
Armee de l'Air (French AF)
Air Defence Variant (Tornado)
Active Electronic Scanned Array
Air Education and Training Command (US)
Airborne Early Warning
Airborne Early Warning and Control
Air Exclusion Zone
Air Force
Air Force Base, commonly used for USAF bases
Air Forces Monthly (magazine)
Air Force Reserve
Air Force Special Operations Command
Air Force of Zimbabwe
Air-to-Ground Missile
Air Guard Station (US)
Air Interception Missile
Air Launched Anti Radiation Missile
Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (L-159)
Air Launched Cruise Missile
Air Launched Demonstration (missile)
Aerospace Maintenance & Regeneration Center
Aeronautica Militare Italiana (Italian AF)
Avionics Modernization Programme
Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile
Air National Guard
Air National Guard Base (US)
Angle of Attack
Anti-Radiation Missile
Navy (Spanish)
Air Refueling Squadron (USAF)
Air Refueling Wing (USAF)
Air-to-Surface Missile
Anti-Ship Missile
Anti-Submarine Warfare
Air Traffic Control
Advanced Technologies and Engineering (S. Africa)
Advanced Tactical FLIR
Avionics Upgrade Program(me)
Airlift Wing (USAF)
Airborne Warning and Control System
Base Aérienne (Air Base - French)
Base Aérea (Air Base - Spanish)
Belgian Air Component (Belgian AF)
British Aircraft Corporation
British Aerospace
BAE Systems (merger BAe-GEC)
Basic Fighter Manoeuvres
Base Realignment and Closure (US)
Bulgarian Air Force
Big Ugly Fat Fellow (B-52 nickname)
Beyond Visual Range
Beyond Visual Range Air-Air Missile
Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation
Combined Air Operations Centre
Combat Air Patrol
Close Air Support
Cluster Bomb Unit
Continuous Calculated Impact Point (bomb aiming method)
Conventional Forces in Europe (Cold War treaty)
Central Intelligence Agency (US)
Commonwealth of Independent States
construction number
Commanding Officer
Counter Insurgery
Composite Air Operation
Communication Intelligence
Civil Owned Military Registered
Combat Search And Rescue
Conventional Take Off and Landing
Capability Upgrade Program(me)
Carrier Variant (JSF)
Combat Wing
Dissimilar Air Combat Training
Defensive Counter Air
Drug Enforcement Administration (US)
Defense Security Co-operation Agency (US)
European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company
Electronic Counter Counter Measures
Electronic Counter Measures
Electronic Combat and Reconnaissance
Exclusive Economic Zone
European Fighter Aircraft
Electronic Intelligence
Eskadra Lotnictwa Taktycznego (Polish TFS)
Electro-Optical
European Participating Air Forces
Enhanced Paveway (UK LGB)
Empire Test Pilots School (UK)
European Union
European Union Force
Electronic Warfare
Electronic Warfare Self Protection
Federal Aviation Administration
Força Aérea Brasileira (Brazilian AF)
Forward Air Control
Fuerza Aérea Colombiana (Colombian AF)
Fuerza Aérea Ecuatoriana (Ecuador AF)
Fuerza Aérea de Chile (Chilean AF)
Fuerza Aérea Dominica (Dominican AF)
Full Authority Digital Engine Control
Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca (Guatemalan AF)
Fuerza Aérea Hondureña (Honduran AF)
Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (Mexican AF)
Fuerza Aérea del Perú (Peruvian AF)
Fuerza Aérea Salvadoreña (Salvadorian AF)
Fuerza Aérea Uruguaya (Uruguayan AF)
Fuerza Aérea Venezolana (Venezuelan AF)
Fly-By-Wire
Fighter Group (USAF)
Fuji Heavy Industries
Future Large Aircraft (A400M)
Forward-Looking Infra-Red
Flight
Fabrica Militar de Aviones (Argentina)
Foreign Military Sales (US)
Försvarets Materielverk
(Swedish Defence Materiel Administration)
Full Operational Capability
Foreign Object Damage
Fighter Squadron
Forward Support Base
Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (RAF)
feet
Fiscal Year (US)
Fighter Wing (USAF)
Guided Bomb Unit
Ground Controlled Intercept
Ground Control Station
Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (German Ltd)
Global Positioning System
Hellenic Air Force
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. (India)
High Altitude Long Endurance (UAV type)
High Speed Anti Radiation Missile
Hardened Aircraft Shelter
Homing All the Way Killer (US-built SAM)
German Army Aviation
High Frequency
high resolution
Helmet Mounted Display
Helmet Mounted Sight
Her Majesty's Ship
Hands On Throttle And Stick
Head Quarters
Hrvatsko Ratno Zwakoplovstvo (Croatian AF)
Head-Up Display
Irish Air Corps
Indian Air Force
Israel Aircraft Industries
International Airport
Istrebitel'nyy Avia Polk (Fighter Aviation Regiment - Russian)
Irkutsk Aviation Industrial Association
Indicated Air Speed
Israel Air and Space Force (from 2006)
Improved Cargo Helicopter (U.S. Army programme)
Indigenous Defensive Fighter (Taiwan)
Israeli Defense Force
Israeli Defense Force Air Force (till 2006)
Interdictor Strike (Tornado)
Identification Friend or Foe
In-Flight Refuelling
Integrated FLIR and Targeting System
Image Intelligence
inch(es)
Inertial Navigation System
Initial Operational Capability
Instructor Pilot
Internet Protocol
Infra-Red (heat seeking)
Infra-Red Imaging System - Thrust Vector Controlled (AAM)
Infra-Red Search and Track
International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan
Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance
JASDF
JASSM
JDAM
JHC
JG
JGSDF
JRB
JSC
JSF
JSOW
JTIDS
KAF
KAPO
KFOR
KHI
km/h
kN
KnAAPO
kW
LANTIRN
LASTE
lb(s)
LCA
LCD
LCH
LDP
LERX
LGB
LIFT
LM
LOA
LoI
LRIP
LRMTS
LRU
LTG
Luftwaffe
m
Mach
Marineflieger
Mayday
MBT
MCAS
MEADS
Medevac
MFD
MFTS
MLU
MMA
MMRCA
MPA
MoD
MOD
MOU
MRTT
MTOW
MUAS
NAF
NAF
NAPO
NAS
NATO
NAWS
NFH
NOTAM
NRF
NVG
NSW
NTISR
OCA
OCU
OEF
OEU
OIF
OKB
OPEVAL
OT&E
PAC
PAC
PAF
PAO
PGM
PLA
PLAAF
PLANAF
PoAF PVO
QRA
QWI
RAAF
RAF
RAM
RAN
RAPTOR
RCS
RDAF
recce
RFI
RFP
RIAT
RJAF
RMAF
RN
RNAS
RNLAF
RNoAF
RNZAF
RoAF
ROE
ROKAF
ROZ
RSAF
RSAF
RuAF
RWR
s
SAAF
SAC
SACLANT
SACUER
SALIS
SALT I
SALT II
SAM
SAR
SAR
SARH
SATCOM
SFOR
SHARP
SIGINT
sn
SOS
SOS
Sqn
SRAM
STOL
STOVL
SwAF
TFR
TFS
TIALD
TRN
TTH
TTT
TVC
UAE
UAEAF
UAS
UAV
UCAV
UHF
UK
UN
UNIFIL
UOR
US
USA
USAF
USAFE
USCG
USD
USN
USMC
USS
VIP
VTOL
VVS
WMD
w/o
WSO
WSO
WVR
Japan Air Self Defence Force
Joint Air-to-Surface Stand-off Missile
Joint Direct Attack Munition, bomb guidance system
Joint Helicopter Command (UK)
JagdGeschwader (Fighter Wing Germany)
Japan Ground Self Defense Force
Joint Reserve Base
Joint Stock Company (Russia)
Joint Strike Fighter
Joint Stand Off Weapon
Joint Tactical Information Distribution System
Kuwait Air Force
Kazan Aviation Production Association
Kosovo Force (NATO)
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
kilometres per hour
kilo Newton
Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aircraft Production Association
kilo Watt
Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infra-Red, Night
Low Altitude Safety and Targeting Enhancement
pound(s)
Light Combat Aircraft (India)
Liquid Crystal Display
Light Combat Helicopter (India)
Laser Designation Pod
Leading-Edge Root Extensions
Laser Guided Bomb
Lead-in Fighter Trainer
Lockheed Martin
Letter of Offer and Acceptance
Letter of Intend
Low Rate Initial Production
Laser Marked Target Seeker
Line Replaceable Unit
German Air Transport Wing (Lufttransportgeschwader)
German Air Force
metre(s)
speed of sound, about 340 m/s (1116 ft/s)
Germany Naval Air Arm
stress call
Main Battle Tank
Marine Corps Air Station
Medium Extended Air Defense System
Medical Evacuation
Multi Function Display
Military Flying Training System (UK programme)
Mid-Life Update
Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft
Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (Indian programme)
Maritime Patrol Aircraft
Ministry of Defence
Ministry Of Defence
Memorandum of Understanding
Multi-Role Transport Tanker
Maximum Take-Off Weight
Multi-mission Unmanned Aerial System
Naval Air Facility
Nigerian Air Force
Novosibirsk (Chkalov) Aircraft Production Association
Navy Air Station
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
Naval Air Weapons Station
NATO Frigate Helicopter (NH90)
Notice to Airmen
NATO Response Force
Night Vision Goggles
Naval Strike Warfare
Non-Traditional Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance
Offensive Counter Air
Operational Conversion Unit
Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan 2002-...)
Operation Evaluation Unit
Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq 2003-...)
Opytno-Konstruktorskoye Byuro (Experimental Design Bureau)
Operational Evaluation
Operational Test & Evaluation
Pakistan Aeronautical Complex
Patriot Advanced Capability
Pakistan Air Force
Public Affairs Office (US)
Precision Guided Munition
Peoples' Liberation Army Air Force (People's Republic of China)
Peoples' Liberation Army Air Force (People's Republic of China)
Peoples' Liberation Army Naval Air Force (People's Republic of China)
Polish Air Force
Protivo-Vozdushnoi Oborony (Soviet ADF)
Quick Reaction Alert
Qualified Weapon Instructor (UK)
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Air Force (UK)
Radar Absorbent Material
Royal Australian Navy
Reconnaissance Airborne Pod Tornado
Radar Cross Section
Royal Danish Air Force (Denmark)
reconnaissance
Request For Information
Request For Proposal
Royal International Air Tatto (UK)
Royal Jordanian Air Force
Royal Malaysian Air Force
Royal Navy (United Kingdom)
Royal Navy Air Station
Royal Netherlands Air Force
Royal Norwegian Air Force
Royal New Zealand Air Force
Romanian Air Force
Rules Of Engagement
Republic Of Korea Air Force
Restricted Operating Zone
Republic of Singapore Air Force
Royal Saudi Air Force
Russian Air Force
Radar Warning Receiver
second(s)
South Africa Air Force
Strategic Air Command
Supreme Allied Command(-er) Atlantic
Supreme Allied Command(-er) Europe
Strategic Airlift Interim Solution (NATO/EU)
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty I
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty II
Surface-to-Air missile
Search And Rescue
Synthetic Aperture Radar
Semi Active Radar Homing
Satellite Communication
Stabilisation Force - Bosnia and Herzogovina (NATO)
Shared Reconnaissance Pod
Signals Intelligence
serial number
Save Our Souls (stress call)
Special Operations Squadron (US)
Squadron
Short-Range Attack Missile
Short Take-Off and Landing
Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing
Swedish Air Force
Terrain Following Radar
Tactical Fighter Squadron
Thermal Imaging Airborne Laser Designator
Terrain Referenced Navigation
Tactical Transport Helicopter (NH90)
Troop Tactical Transport
Thrust Vector Control
United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates Air Force
Unmanned Aerial System
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle
Ultra High Frequency
United Kingdom
United Nations
UN Interim Force in Libanon
Urgent Operational Request (UK)
United States
United States of America
United States Air Force
United States Air Force Europe
United States Coast Guard
US Dollar
United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
United States Ship
Very Important Person (class of transport)
Vertical Take-Off and Landing
Voenno-Vozdushmiy Sily (Soviet AF)
Weapons of Mass Destruction
written off
Weapons Station Officer
Weapons Systems Operator
Within Visual Range