Air defence is defined by NATO as "all measures designed to nullify or reduce the effectiveness of hostile air action."[1] They include ground-and air-based weapon systems, associated sensor systems, command and control arrangements and passive measures (e.g. barrage balloons). It may be used to protect naval, ground, and air forces in any location. However, for most countries the main effort has tended to be 'homeland defence'. NATO refers to airborne air defence as counter-air and naval air defence as anti-aircraft warfare. Missile defence is an extension of air defence as are initiatives to adapt air defence to the task of intercepting any projectile in flight.

In some countries, such as Britain and Germany during the Second World War, the Soviet Union and NATO's Allied Command Europe, ground based air defence and air defence aircraft have been under integrated command and control. However, while overall air defence may be for homeland defence including military facilities, forces in the field, wherever they are, invariably deploy their own air defence capability if there is an air threat. A surface-based air defence capability can also be deployed offensively to deny the use of airspace to an opponent.

Until the 1950s, guns firing ballistic munitions ranging from 20 mm to 150 mm were the standard weapon; guided missiles then became dominant, except at the very shortest ranges.

The essence of air defence is to detect hostile aircraft and destroy them. The critical issue is to hit a target moving in three-dimensional space; an attack must not only match these three coordinates, but must do so at the time the target is at that position. This means that projectiles either have to be guided to hit the target, or aimed at the predicted position of the target at the time the projectile reaches it, taking into account speed and direction of both the target and the projectile.
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dragoon43 Apr 3 2010 says:

THE SHILKA WOOOOOOOOO or the modern version the tunguska......i pose a question, which has a higher rate of fire? the tunguska or shilka?

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ComeradeStalin Apr 5 2010 replied:

Hm actually, tunguska is muuuuch newer and better in all ways.

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dragoon43 Apr 7 2010 replied:

hmm i was wondering about that thanks

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C&C_FOREVER Mar 24 2010 says:

i do not hate airplanes,but love AA missiles that powns aircrafts :D
there is some vids of AA missiles
sorry the last one is long and in russian...

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wojciech May 7 2010 replied:

great videos dude

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HALLOLL Mar 20 2010 says:

no videos!

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Sputmint Mar 13 2010 says:

Aircrafts are spam-ish

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raumboo-not-english Feb 20 2010 says:

nice pictures!
Salem alejkum

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FelipeFR Feb 13 2010 says:

It is interesting. Many people on this group are both in Aircraft Lovers and Anti-Aircraft Lovers groups...

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The_Chemical_Brother Feb 20 2010 replied:

they like both

What goes up must come down xP

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