What does air assault mean?

Definitions for air assault

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word air assault.


  1. Air assault

    Air assault is the movement of ground-based military forces by vertical take-off and landing aircraft—such as the helicopter—to seize and hold key terrain which has not been fully secured, and to directly engage enemy forces. In addition to regular infantry training, air-assault units usually receive training in rappelling and air transportation, and their equipment is sometimes designed or field-modified to allow better transportation within aircraft. The US Army field manual FM 1-02 describes an "air assault operation" as an Operation in which assault forces, using the firepower, mobility, and total integration of helicopter assets, maneuver on the battlefield under the control of the ground or air maneuver commander to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain. Due to the transport load restrictions of helicopters, air assault forces are usually light infantry, though some armored fighting vehicles, like the Russian BMD-1 are designed to fit most heavy lift helicopters, which enable assaulting forces to combine air mobility with a certain degree of ground mechanization. Invariably the assaulting troops are highly dependent on aerial fire support provided by the armed helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft escorting the VTOL.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. air assault

    The movement of friendly assault forces (combat, combat support, and combat service support) by rotary-wing aircraft to engage and destroy enemy forces or to seize and hold key terrain. See also assault.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of air assault in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of air assault in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oleh Slobodyan:

    These troops are coming with more modern equipment and there are air assault units.

  2. Joseph Scrocca:

    This is the first time we have conducted an air movement, air assault, with the Syrian Arab Coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces.

Images & Illustrations of air assault

  1. air assaultair assaultair assault


Find a translation for the air assault definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these air assault definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"air assault." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/air assault>.

Are we missing a good definition for air assault? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for air assault:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.