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Definition of Airborne force

Airborne force Definition from Government Dictionaries & Glossaries
DOD Dictionary of Military Terms
(*) A force composed primarily of ground and air units organized, equipped, and trained for airborne operations. See also force(s).
  
Source: U.S. Department of Defense, Joint Doctrine Division. ( About )
Airborne force Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Airborne
Military parachuting or gliding form of inserting personnel or supplies.

Purpose

Delivering personnel, equipment, or supplies.

Origins

Attributed to Italian troops on November 1927.

Airborne forces are military units, usually light infantry, set up to be moved by aircraft and "dropped" into battle, typically by parachute. Thus, they can be placed behind enemy lines, and have the capability to deploy almost anywhere with little warning. The formations are limited only by the number and size of their aircraft, so given enough capacity a huge force can appear "out of nowhere" in minutes, an action referred to as vertical envelopment.

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