surface-to-air missile

noun

: a missile that is fired from the ground or a ship and directed at an airplane

Examples of surface-to-air missile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One was shot down in 2019 over Yemen with a surface-to-air missile fired by Houthi rebels, U.S. Central Command said at the time. CBS News, 15 Mar. 2023 During the War of Attrition between Israel and Egypt, the squadron dueled Egyptian MiG-21 fighters with great success and battled SA-2 surface-to-air missile batteries established along the Suez canal with mixed outcomes. Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 10 Mar. 2023 The Patriot surface-to-air missile system, for example, is believed to be able to destroy them. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2023 City-council official Anatoliy Kurtiev said Russia hit the residential block with an S-300 surface-to-air missile, which Moscow has deployed extensively to strike targets across Ukraine. Ann M. Simmons and Isabel Coles, WSJ, 2 Mar. 2023 Before the battery died, the drone had sent some low-resolution footage that appeared to show surface-to-air missile systems. David Kortava, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2023 Though Western surface-to-air missile systems have bolstered Ukraine’s defensives, the visit marked the rare occasion where a U.S. president has traveled to a conflict zone where the U.S. or its allies did not have control over the airspace. Dallas News, 20 Feb. 2023 Manturov visited the Emirates as U.S. President Joe Biden was in Kyiv, Ukraine. Inside the Russian tent, a video screen proclaimed the power of Moscow's surface-to-air missile systems, like those now being used to strike cities in Ukraine. Jon Gambrell, ajc, 21 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Surface-to-air missile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surface-to-air%20missile. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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