from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Operating from or designed to be fired from aircraft at targets on the ground: air-to-surface missiles.
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- adj. fired from an aircraft at a target on land or water
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- adj. operating from or designed to be fired from aircraft at targets on the ground
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And of course others have already mentioned that the same tech could be used in air-to-surface and surface-to-surface applications.
If it works surface-to-air first, then perhaps there is future air-to-surface potential.
A girl in a hand-me-down dress several sizes too large picks a flower from the spray of scarlet wild poppies stretching skyward on unsteady stems from a crater hollowed out by an air-to-surface missile.
He announced this on the same day that Iran tested a precision air-to-surface missile with a 70-mile range, a weapon that would give it the ability to threaten American and other ships operating in the Persian Gulf.
Meanwhile, Iran has just announced that it successfully tested a new air-to-surface missile.
Su-24: A Soviet swing-wing bomber that carries a variety of precision air-to-surface missiles.
"The helicopters fired one air-to-surface missile at 2: 30 am and then returned to another location of the Sudan armed forces northeast of Baida at 6: 15 am, firing one air-to-surface missile," he said.
On April 20, an air-to-surface missile killed Nour al-Dibari in Gaza.
In January 2008, an air-to-surface missile struck a civilian vehicle carrying three members of the Al-Yazji family killing Mohammed Al-Yazji, his five-year old son, and his 40-year old brother.
In May 2007, an air-to-surface missile targeted the Al-Hayia family at his eastern Gaza meeting hall.
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