Glossary of military abbreviations


Glossary of military abbreviations

List of terms, acronyms, information, related to modern armour, artillery, infantry, weapons, and related military subject matter.

* AA anti-aircraft
* AAA anti-aircraft artillery "Triple A"
* AAAV Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle
* AAD Armoured Amphibious Dozer
* AAG anti-aircraft gun
* AAK Appliqué Armor Kit (US)
* AAN Army After Next
* AAPC Advanced Armoured Personnel Carrier (Turkey)
* AARADCOM Army Armament Research And Development COMmand
* AAV Assault Amphibian Vehicle
* AB Air Burst
* ABC Automatic Brightness Control
* ABIT Advanced Built-In Test
* ABM Air Burst(ing) Munition
* ABMS Air Bursting Munition System
* ABRO Army Base Repair Organisation
* ABS Air-Bursting System
* ABS Anti-skid Braking System
* ABSV Armoured Battlegroup Support Vehicle
* AC Alternating Current
* ACA Ammunition Container Assembly
* ACAVP Advanced Composite Armoured Vehicle Platform (UK)
* ACCE Abrams/Crusader Common Engine
* ACCV Armored Cavalry Cannon Vehicle (US)
* ACE Armored Combat Earthmover (US)
* ACH Advanced Combat Helmet
* ACLOS Automatic Command to Line of Sight
* ACOG Advanced Combat Optical Gunsight
* ACP Automatic Colt Pistol
* ACR Advanced Combat Rifle
* ACRV Armoured Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle
* ACS Artillery Communications System
* ACV Armored Cannon Vehicle (US)
* ACV Armoured Combat Vehicle
* ACVT Armored Combat Vehicle Technology Program (US)
* ADAM Area Denial Artillery Munition
* ADAMS Air Defense Advanced Mobile System (US)
* ADATS Air Defence Anti-Tank System
* ADEA Army Development and Employment Agency
* ADI Australian Defence Industries
* AE Action Express
* AEV armoured engineer vehicle
* AF air force
* AFARV Armored, Forward Area, Re-arm Vehicle (US)
* AFAS Advanced Field Artillery System
* AFC Australian Flying Corps
* AFCS Automatic Fire-Control Systems
* AFD automatic feeding device
* AFSV Armoured Fire Support Vehicle
* AFV Armored Family of Vehicles (US)
* AFV armoured fighting vehicle
* AGC Automatic Gain Control
* AGF Army Ground Forces
* AGL above ground level
* AGL Automatic Grenade Launcher
* AGLS Automatic Gun Laying System
* AGS Armored Gun System (US)
* AGV Assault Gun Vehicle
* AGVT Advanced Ground Vehicle Technology
* Ah ampere hour
* AICS Accuracy International Chassis System
* AICW Advanced Individual Combat Weapon
* AIF Australian Imperial Force in WWI
* AIFS Advanced Indirect Fire System
* AIFV armoured infantry fighting vehicle
* AIPS Advanced Integrated Propulsion System (US)
* ALAAVS Advanced Light Armored/Amphibious Vehicle System (US)
* ALC Advanced Land Combat (US)
* ALICE All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment
* ALS Advanced Laying System
* ALSV Armoured Logistics Support Vehicle
* ALT Armoured Launching Turret
* AMC U.S. Army Materiel Command
* AMC Advanced Mortar Carrier (Turkey)
* AMCCOM Armament Munitions and Chemical Command
* AMDS Anti-Missile Discarding Sabot
* AMF Amphibische Mehrzweck-Fahrzeuge (multipurpose amphibious vehicle)
* AML Automitrailleuse Légиre (light armoured car)
* AMLCD Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Display
* AMOS Advanced Mortar System
* AMR Anti-materiel rifle
* AMR Automitrailleuse de Reconnaissance
* AMRWS Advanced Multi-Role Weapon Station
* AMS Armoured Mortar System
* AMS-H Advanced Missile System - Heavy
* AMX Atelier de Construction d'Issy-les-Moulineaux
* ANAD Anniston Army Depot
* ANZAC Australia and New Zealand Army Corps
* ANZUS Australia New Zealand United States Treaty
* AOI Arab Organisation for Industrialisation
* AOS add-on stabilisation
* AP Anti-Personnel
* AP armour-piercing
* APAM anti-personnel, anti-matériel
* APBC armour-piercing ballistic cap
* APC armoured personnel carrier
* APC armour-piercing capped
* APCBC armour-piercing capped ballistic cap
* APC-T armour-piercing capped - tracer
* APCT-BF armour-piercing capped tracer - base fuze
* APCNR armour-piercing composite non-rigid
* APCR armour-piercing composite rigid
* APCRBC armour-piercing composite rigid ballistic cap
* APDS armour-piercing discarding sabot
* APDS-T armour-piercing discarding sabot - tracer
* APE Amphibisches Pionier-Erkundungsfahrzeug (amphibious front-line reconnaissance vehicle)
* APEP Armour-Piercing Enhancement Programme
* APERS anti-personnel
* APERS-T anti-personnel tracer
* APFIDS armour-piercing fragmentation incendiary discarding sabot
* APFSDS-T armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot - tracer
* "'APFSDS(P)" armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot (practice)
* APFSDSDU Armour Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot, Depleted Uranium
* APG Aberdeen Proving Grounds
* APGM Autonomous Precision-Guided Munition
* APHC armour-piercing hard core
* APHE armour-piercing high explosive
* API armour-piercing incendiary
* APIT armour-piercing incendiary tracer
* APM anti-personnel mine
* APS Advanced Propulsion System
* APS Artillery Pointing System
* APSA Armour Piercing Secondary Effect
* APSE armour-piercing secondary effect
* APSE-T armour-piercing secondary effect - tracer
* APT armour-piercing tracer
* APTE Abrams Power Train Evolution (US)
* APU auxiliary power unit
* APV armoured patrol vehicle
* AR Assault Rifle
* AR/AAV Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle (US)
* ARD Anti-Reflective Device
* ARDEC Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center
* ARDNOT Automatic Day/Night Optical Tracker
* ARE Atelier de Construction Roanne
* ARETS Armour Remote Target System
* ARMAD Armoured and Mechanised Unit Air Defence
* ARMSCOR Armament Manufacturing Corporation (South Africa)
* ARMVAL Anti-Armor Vehicle Evaluation (US)
* ARP anti-radiation projectile
* ARP Armoured Repair Plates
* ARRADCOM Armament Research and Development Command
* ARRV Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle
* ARSV Armored Reconnaissance Scout Vehicle (US)
* ART Armoured Recon Transport
* ARV armoured recovery vehicle or Armed Robotic Vehicle
* ASA Advanced Security Agency
* ASARC Army Systems Acquisition Review Council
* ASCOD Austrian Spanish Co-operative Development
* ASM Armored Systems Modernisation (US)
* ASP Automatic, Self-Powered
* ASTROS Artillery Saturation Rocket System (Brazil)
* ASV Armored Security Vehicle (US)
* ASV ammunition supply vehicle
* AT anti-tank
* AT All Terrain
* ATACS Advanced Tank Cannon System (US)
* ATAS Automatic Target Acquisition System
* ATCAS Advanced Towed Cannon System
* ATD Advanced Technology Demonstration
* ATD Advanced Technology Demonstrator (US)
* ATD Automatic Target Detection
* ATDT Automatic Target Detection and Tracking
* ATDU Armoured Trials and Development Unit (UK)
* ATFCS Automated Targeting and Fire Control System
* ATG anti-tank gun
* ATGL Anti-Tank Grenade Launcher
* ATGM anti-Tank Guided Missile
* ATGW anti-tank guided weapon
* ATK Alliant Techsystems
* ATLAS Advanced Technology Light Artillery System
* ATLV Artillery Target Location Vehicle
* ATM anti-tank mine
* ATR - EDS Automotive Test Rig - Electric Drive System
* ATS Atelier de Construction de Tarbes
* ATTC All Terrain Tracked Carrier
* ATTS Air Transportable Towed System
* ATV All Terrain Vehicle
* ATV Armoured TOW Vehicle (Turkey)
* AUG Armee Universal Gewehr
* AVF Armoured Fighting Vehicle
* AVGP Armoured Vehicle General Purpose (Canada)
* AVH Armoured Vehicle Heavy
* AVL Armoured Vehicle Light
* AVLB armoured vehicle-launched bridge
* AVM Armoured Vehicle Medium
* AVR armoured vehicle reconnaissance
* AVRE Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers (UK)
* AVT Advanced Vehicle Technologies (US)
* AWE Advanced Warfighting Experiment

B

* BAe British Aerospace
* BAM Broad Assed Marine: ie female Marine (US, obsolete)
* BARV Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle
* BASE British Aerospace Systems and Equipment
* BATES Battlefield Artillery Target Engagement System
* BB base bleed
* BBSP Blow Back Shifted Pulse
* BCC battery control centre
* BCP Battery Command Post
* BCT Brigade Combat Team (US)
* BCT Basic Combat Training
* BCV Battle Command Vehicle
* BD base detonating
* BDA Browning Double Action or Bomb Damage Assessment
* BDM Bunker Demolition Munition
* BDU Battle Dress Uniform
* BE base ejection
* BFA Blank-firing adaptor or blank firing attachment
* BFV Bradley Fighting Vehicle
* BGT Brigade Combat Team
* bhp brake horsepower
* BIFF Battlefield Identification Friend or Foe
* BILL Bofors, Infantry, Light and Lethal
* BITE built-in test equipment
* BL Blank
* BL-T black tracer
* BLITS Beta Lighted Infantry Telescope System
* BLR Blindado Ligero de Ruedas
* BMF Belgian Mechanical Fabrication
* BMNT Begin Morning Nautical Twilight
* BMP Pronounced "bimp". A Former Warsaw Pact IFV
* BMR Blindado Medio de Ruedas
* BMS Battalion Mortar System
* BMS Battlefield Management System
* BNS Bill Night Sight
* BOCV Battery Operations Centre Vehicle
* BOL Bearing Only Launch
* BOLTS Bolt On Loading Tray System
* BOSS Ballistic Optimizing Shooting System
* BPS Battery Power Source
* BSP Bright Source Protection
* BST Basic Skills Trainer
* BT Boat Tail
* BT Bullet Trap
* BTA best technical approach
* BTU Bullet Trap Universal
* BUA BILL Under Armour or Built Up Area
* BW Bacteriological Warfare
* BX Bionix

C

* C3I Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence
* CAD computer-assisted design
* CAL Canadian Arsenals Limited
* CAP Combustible Augmented Plasma
* CARRV Challenger Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle
* CAT/FCS Command Adjusted Trajectory/Fire-Control System (US)
* CAT/LCV Combined Arms Team/Lightweight Combat Vehicle (US)
* CATT Combined Arms Tactical Trainer (UK)
* CATT-B Component Advanced Technology TestBed (US)
* CAV Composite Armored Vehicle (US)
* CAWS Cannon Artillery Weapons Systems (US)
* CCC combustible cartridge case
* CCD charge-coupled device
* CCO Close Combat Optic
* CCP Computer Control Panel
* CCR Crown Copyright Reserved
* CCTV closed-circuit television
* CCU Central Control Unit
* CCV Close Combat Vehicle
* CCV Command and Control Vehicle (US)
* CCV-L Close Combat Vehicle - Light
* cd candela
* CDA Combat Defensive Action
* CDM Coastal Defence Missile
* CDU Command Display Unit
* CDU Computer Display Unit
* CE Chemical Energy
* CECOM Communications-Electronics Command
* CEFO Combat Equipment Fighting Order (webbing contents)
* CENTCOM Central Command
* CENTO Central Treaty Organisation or Baghdad Pact
* CEP Circular Error of Probability
* CEPP Controlled Effect Police Projectile
* CET Combat Engineer Tractor
* CEU Computer Electronics Unit
* CEV combat engineer vehicle
* CF Canadian Forces
* CF controlled fragmentation
* CFE Conventional Forces Europe
* CFV Cavalry Fighting Vehicle (US)
* CGS Crew Gunnery Simulator
* CHA Cast Homogeneous Armour
* CHARM Challenger Chieftain Armament
* CHIP Challenger Improvement Programme
* CIFV Composite Infantry Fighting Vehicle
* CILAS Compagnie Industrielle des Lasers
* CIS Chartered Industries of Singapore
* CIS Commonwealth of Independent States
* CITV Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer (US)
* CIWS Close-In Weapons System
* CLAMS Clear Lane Marking System (US)
* CLASS Computerised Laser Sight System
* CLAWS Close Combat Light Armor Weapon System (US)
* CLGP Cannon-Launched Guided Projectile (US)
* CLOS Command to Line Of Sight
* CLU Command Launch Unit
* CM Colour-Marking or "Continue Mission"
* CMS Common Missile System
* CMS Compact Modular Sight
* CMT Cadmium Mercury Telluride
* CMV Combat Mobility Vehicle (US)
* CNVD Clip-on Night Vision Device
* COG Course Over Ground
* Comp B Composition B
* COMVAT Combat Vehicles Armament Technology (US)
* COS Chief of Section
* COTAC Conduite de Tir Automatique pour Char (tank automatic fire)
* COTS Commercial-off-the-shelf
* COV Counter Obstacle Vehicle (US)
* CP concrete-piercing
* CPR Common Practice Round
* CPS Cardinal Points Specification (UK)
* CPV command post vehicle
* CQB Close Quarters Battle
* CQBW Close Quarters Battle Weapon
* CR Capability Requirement
* CRISAT Collaborative Research Into Small Arms Technology
* CRR Carro de Reconhecimento Sobre Rodas (reconnaissance tracking scout car)
* CRT cathode ray tube
* CRU Cable Reel Unit
* CS Communications Subsystem
* CS Confined Space
* CSB Combat Support Boat
* CSF Combined Service Forces
* CSI computer-synthesised image
* CSS Computer Sighting System
* CTA Case Telescoped Ammunition
* CTD Concept Technology Demonstrator
* CTI Central Tyre Inflation
* CTIS Central Tyre Inflation System
* CTO Central Treaty Organisation or Baghdad Pact
* CTR Close Target Recce
* CTRA Carro de Transporte Sobre Rodas Anfibo (amphibious tracking scout car)
* CTT Challenger Training Tank
* CV90 Combat Vehicle 90
* CVAST Combat Vehicle Armament System Technology (US)
* CVR(T) Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (UK)
* CVR(W) Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Wheeled) (UK)
* CVRDE Combat Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (India)
* CVT controlled variable time
* CVTTS Combat Vehicle Targeting System
* CW Chemical Warfare
* CWR continuous wave radar
* CWS cupola weapon station

D

* DA Double Action
* DAHA dual axis head assembly
* DAO Double Action Only
* DARCOM US Army Matériel Development and Readiness Command
* DAREOD Damaged Airfield Reconnaissance Explosive Ordnance Disposal
* DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
* DAS Defensive Aid System/Suite
* DASP Demountable Artillery Surveillance Pod
* DC Direct Current
* DCA Défense Contre Avions (anti-aircraft)
* DCCT Dismounted Close Combat Trainer
* DD Detroit Diesel
* DDA Detroit Diesel Allison
* DDS Department of Defense Support
* DDU digital display unit
* DECA Digital Electronic Control Assembly
* DEFA Direction des études et Fabrications d'Armement
* DERA Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (UK)
* DESO Defence Export Sales Organisation (UK)
* DFCS Digital Fire-Control System
* DFSV Direct Fire Support Vehicle
* DFV Desert Fighting Vehicle
* DHSS Data Handling SubSystem
* DIA Defense Intelligence Agency (US)
* DICON Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria
* DIP driver instrument panel
* DMC Digital Magnetic Compass
* DMR Dedicated Marksman Rifle
* DMU Distance Measurement Unit
* DNRS Day/Night Range Sight
* DoD Department of Defense (US)
* DOP Department of Productivity
* DP Demonstration Purpose
* DP Dual Purpose
* DPA Defence Procurement Agency (UK)
* DPICM Dual-Purpose Improved Conventional Munition (US)
* DPTR Diopter
* DRA Defence Research Agency (UK)
* DROPS Demountable Rack Offloading and Pick-up System
* DS/T practice discarding sabot/tracer
* DSACS Direct Support Armored Cannon System (US)
* DSETS Direct Support Electrical Test System
* DSO Defence Sales Organisation
* DSRV Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (US)
* DSWS Division Support Weapon System
* DTAT Direction Technique des Armements Terrestres
* DTT Driver Training Tank
* DU depleted uranium
* DV Demining Vehicle
* DVE Driver's Vision Enhancer
* DWFK Deep Water Fording Kit

E

* EAAK Enhanced Appliqué Armor Kit (US)
* EAOS Enhanced Artillery Observation System
* EBG Engin Blindé Génie (armoured combat vehicle)
* EBR Engin Blindé de Reconnaissance (armoured reconnaissance vehicle)
* EBRC Engine Blindé à roues de Contact
* EC Enhanced Carbine
* ECM Electronic countermeasures
* ECOS Enhanced Combat Optical Sight
* ECS Environmental Control Subsystem
* ECV Enhanced Capacity Vehicle
* EDS Electric Drive System
* EFAB Etablissement d'Etudes et de Fabrications d'Armement de Bourges
* EFC equivalent full charge
* EFCR equivalent full charge rounds
* EFM Explosives Factory Maribyrnong
* EFP Expanded Feasibility Phase
* EFP Explosively Formed Penetrator
* EFVS Electronic Fighting Vehicle System (US)
* EG External Gun
* EGLM Enhanced Grenade Launcher Module
* ELB Extended Life Barrel
* ELKE Elevated Kinetic Energy Weapon (US)
* ELS Electromagnetic Launcher System
* ELSAP Elektronische Schiessanlage für Panzer (electronic fire system for tanks)
* EM electromagnetic
* EMC Executive Management Committee
* EMD Engineering and Manufacturing Development
* EMDG Euromissile Dynamics Group
* EMG externally mounted gun
* EMP electromagnetic pulse
* ENGESA Engesa Engenheiros Especializados (Brazil)
* EOD explosive ordnance disposal
* EOR Explosive Ordnance Reconnaissance
* EOTS Electro-Optical Tracking System
* EPC electronic plane conversion
* EPC Engin Principal de Combat (future main battle tank)
* EPG Enhanced Performance Grenade
* EPG European Production Group
* EPG European Programme Group
* EPS Electrical Power Subsystem
* EPU Electronics Processing Unit
* ER enhanced radiation
* ER extended range
* ERA explosive reactive armour
* ERA extended range ammunition
* ERC Engin de Reconnaissance Canon
* ERFB extended range full-bore
* ERFB-BB extended range full-bore - base bleed
* ERGFCDS Extended Range Gunnery Fire-Control Demonstration System
* ERGP extended range guided projectile
* ERMIS Extended Range Modification Integration System
* ERP Extended Range Projectile
* ERSC extended range subcalibre
* ERV emergency rescue vehicle
* ERV Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle
* ES Extreme Spread
* ESAF Elecronic Safety and Arm Function
* ESD Electronique Serge Dassault
* ESLDE Eyesafe Laser Daylight Elbow
* ESPAWS Enhanced Self-Propelled Artillery Weapon System (US)
* ESRS electro-slag refined steel
* ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
* ETC ElectroThermal Cannon
* ETD Estimated Time of Departure
* ETM Electronic Technical Manuals
* ETS Elevated TOW System
* ETS Engineer Tank System
* EW electronic warfare
* EWK Eisenwerke Kaiserslautern Gцppner
* EWS external weapon station

F

* FAAD Forward Area Air Defense (US)
* FAAR Forward Area Alerting Radar (US)
* FAASV Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (US)
* FACE Field Artillery Computer Equipment
* FAL Fusil Automatique Lйgиre
* FAPDS Frangible Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot
* FARS field artillery rocket system
* FARV-A Future Armored Resupply Vehicle - Artillery (US)
* FAST Forward Area Support Team
* FAV Fast Attack Vehicle (US)
* FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
* FBRV Future Beach Recovery Vehicle (UK)
* FCC Fire Command Centre
* FCC Fire-Control Computer
* FCCVS Future Close-Combat Vehicle System (US)
* FCE fire-control equipment
* FCLV Future Command and Liaison Vehicle (UK)
* FCS fire-control system/subsystem
* FCS Future Combat System
* FCU Fire Control Unit
* FDC fire direction centre
* FDCV fire direction centre vehicle
* FDSWS Future Direct Support Weapon System
* FEBA Forward Edge of the Battle Area
* FEP Firepower Enhancement Programme
* FET Future Engineer Tank
* FFAR Folding Fin Aerial Rocket
* FFE Fire for Effect
* FFSS Future Fighting Soldier System
* FG field gun
* FH field howitzer
* FIBUA Fighting In Built-Up Areas
* FIFV Future Infantry Fighting Vehicle (US)
* FIRM Floating Integrated Rail Mount
* FIS Fuze Interface System
* FISH Fighting In Someone's House
* FIST Future Integrated Soldier Technology, FIre Support Team
* FISTV Fire Support Team Vehicle (US)
* FITOW Further Improved TOW (US)
* FLEA Frangible Low Energy Ammunition
* FLIR forward-looking infra-red
* FLOT forward line of own troops
* FLSW Future Light Support Weapon
* FM Titanium tetrachloride (code designation)
* FMBS Family of Muzzle Brake/Suppressors
* FMC Food Machinery Corporation
* FMJ Full Metal Jacket
* FMJBT Full Metal Jacket Boat Tail
* FMJLF Full Metal Jacket Lead Free
* FMS Foreign Military Sales
* FMTV Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles
* FN Fabrique Nationale
* FOB Forward Operating Base
* FOD Foreign Object Damage
* FOG Fibre Optic Gyro
* FOM Fibre Optic Missile
* FOO forward observation officer
* FORTIS Forward Observation and Reconnaissance Thermal Imaging System
* FOTT Follow On To TOW
* FOV field of view
* FPA Focal Plane Array
* FRAG fragmentation
* FRAGO FRAGmentary Order. (see OPORD)
* FRES Future Rapid Effects System
* FROG free rocket over ground
* FSCV fire support combat vehicle
* FSED full-scale engineering development (US)
* FST Future Soviet Tank/Follow-on Soviet Tank
* FSV fire support vehicle
* FSV Future Scout Vehicle (US)
* FTA Frangible Training Ammunition
* FTMA Future Tank Main Armament
* FTS Future Tank Study
* FTT Field Tactical Trainer
* FUE First Unit Equipped
* FUG Felderitц Usу Gépkosci
* FV fighting vehicle
* FV/GCE fighting vehicle gun control equipment
* FVDD Fighting Vehicle Development Division
* FVRDE Fighting Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (UK)
* FVS Fighting Vehicle System (US)
* FVSC Fighting Vehicle Systems Carrier (US)
* FY fiscal year

G

* g gramme(s)
* G gendarmerie
* GAMA Gun Automatic Multiple Ammunition
* GAO General Accounting Office
* GAP Gun Aiming Post
* GBAD Ground Based Air Defence
* GCE gun control equipment
* GCT Grande Cadence de Tir (high rate of fire)
* GCU Gun Control Unit
* GCW Gross Combat Weight
* GD General Dynamics
* GDLS General Dynamics Land Systems
* GDU Gun Display Unit
* GFE Government Furnished Equipment
* GH gun-howitzer
* GIAT Groupement Industriel des Armements Terrestres
* GL Grenade Launcher
* GLC gun lay computer
* GLDNSM Grenade Launcher Day-Night Sight Mount
* GLH-H Ground-Launched Hellfire-Heavy (US)
* GLLD Ground Laser Locator Designator (US)
* GLS Gesellschaft fьr Logistischen Service
* GM, MVO General Motors, Military Vehicle Operations
* GMC General Motors Corporation
* GMG Grenade Machine Gun
* GMLRS Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System
* GMS Gun Management System
* GOCO government-owned, contractor-operated (US)
* GP General Purpose
* GP guided projectile
* GPMG General Purpose Machine Gun
* GPO gun position officer
* GPS Global Positioning System
* GPS gunner's primary sight
* GPSS Gunner's Primary Sight Subsystem
* GREM Grenade Rifle Entry Munition
* GRU Glavnoe Razvedyvatel'noe Upravlenie, meaning Main Intelligence Directorate
* GSR General Staff Requirement (US)
* GSRS General Support Rocket System
* GST General Staff Target
* GST Gesellschaft fьr System-Technik
* GTCS Gun Test and Control System
* GTI German Tank Improvement
* GVW Gross Vehicle Weight
* GW guided weapon

H

* h hour(s)
* H&K Heckler and Koch
* HAB Heavy Assault Bridge (US)
* HAG Heavy Artillery Gun
* HALO High Altitude Low Opening, High Activity/Low Observable
* HAWK Homing-All-the-Way-Killer (US)
* HB heavy barrel
* HBAR Heavy Barrel Assault Rifle
* HC Hexachloroethane/zinc
* HC high capacity
* HC Hollow Charge
* HCER high-capacity extended range
* HCHE high-capacity high explosive
* HCT HOT Compact Turret
* HDS HOLOgraphic Diffraction Sight
* HE high explosive
* HE-APERS high-explosive anti-personnel
* HE-FRAG high-explosive fragmentation
* HE-FRAG-FS high-explosive fragmentation - fin-stabilised
* HE-FS high-explosive - fin-stabilised
* HE-S high-explosive spotting
* HE-T high-explosive tracer
* HE/PR high-explosive practice
* HEAA High Explosive Anti-Armour
* HEAB High Explosive Air Burst
* HEAP High Explosive Armor Piercing
* HEAP-T high-explosive anti-personnel - tracer
* HEAT high-explosive anti-tank
* HEAT-FS high-explosive anti-tank fin-stabilised
* HEAT-MP high-explosive anti-tank multipurpose
* HEAT-MP(P) high-explosive anti-tank multipurpose (practice)
* HEAT-T high-explosive anti-tank - tracer
* HEAT-T-HVY high-explosive anti-tank - tracer - heavy
* HEAT-T-MP high-explosive anti-tank - tracer - multipurpose
* HEAT-TP-T high-explosive anti-tank - target practice - tracer
* HED-D Hybrid Electric Drive-Demonstrator
* HEDP high-explosive dual-purpose
* HEER High-Explosive Extended Range (US)
* HEF High Explosive Fragmentation
* HEFT High Explosive Follow Through
* HEI high-explosive incendiary
* HEIT high-explosive incendiary tracer
* HEL High-Energy Laser (US)
* HEL Human Engineering Laboratory (US)
* HELP Howitzer Extended Life Program (US)
* HEMAT Heavy Expanded Mobility Ammunition Trailer (US)
* HEMP High Explosive Multi-Purpose
* HEMTT Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (US)
* HEP high-explosive plastic
* HEP-T high-explosive practice - tracer
* HEPD high-explosive point detonating
* HERA high-explosive rocket-assisted
* HESH high-explosive squash head
* HESH-T high-explosive squash head - tracer
* HET-PF high-explosive tracer - percussion fuze
* HETF High Explosive Time Fuzed
* HETS Heavy Equipment Transport System
* HFCC Howitzer Fire-Control Computer (US)
* HFHTB Human Factors Howitzer TestBed (US)
* HFM Heavy Force Modernisation (US)
* HIFV Heavy Infantry Fighting Vehicle
* HIMAG High-Mobility Agility Test Vehicle (US)
* HIMARS High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (US)
* HIP Howitzer Improvement Program (US)
* HIRE Hughes Infra-Red Equipment
* HITP High Ignition Temperature Propellant
* HIU Heading Indicator Unit
* HMC Howitzer Motor Carriage
* HMD Helmet-Mounted Display
* HMG Heavy Machine Gun
* HMLC High-Mobility Load Carrier
* HMMWV High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle
* HOE Holographic Optical Element
* HOT Haute subsonique Optiquement Téléguidé
* How howitzer
* HP High Power; Hollow Point
* hp horsepower
* HPFP High-Performance Fragmentation Projectile
* HPS Helmet Pointing System (or Sight)
* HPT high-pressure test
* HRU Heading Reference Unit
* HSS Hunter Sensor Suite
* HSTV(L) High-Survivability Test Vehicle (Lightweight) (US)
* HTTB High-Technology TestBed (US)
* HVAP high-velocity armour-piercing
* HVAP-T high-velocity armour-piercing tracer
* HVAPDS-T high-velocity armour-piercing discarding sabot - tracer
* HVAPFSDS high-velocity armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot
* HVCC High Velocity Canister Cartridge
* HVM Hypervelocity Missile
* HVSS horizontal volute spring suspension
* HVSW Hypervelocity Support Weapon
* HVTP-T high-velocity target practice - tracer
* HWSTD High Water Speed Technology Demonstrator
* HYPAK Hydraulic Power Assist Kit

I

* I Incendiary
* IAFV infantry armoured fighting vehicle
* IAI Israel Aircraft Industries
* IAL Infra-red Aiming Light
* IASD Instant Ammunition Selection Device
* IBAS Improved Bradley Acquisition System
* ICC information co-ordination centre
* ICM improved conventional munition
* ICM BB improved conventional munition base bleed
* ICV Infantry Combat Vehicle
* IDF Israel Defence Forces
* IDW Individual Defence Weapon
* IED Improvised Explosive Device
* IEPG Independent European Program Group
* IFCS Improved/Integrated Fire-Control System
* IFF Identification Friend or Foe
* IFV infantry fighting vehicle
* IFVwCM Infantry Fighting Vehicle with Integrated Countermeasures (US)
* IGLS Individual Grenade Launcher System
* II image intensification/intensifier
* IIR Imaging Infra-Red
* ILL illuminating
* ILMS Improved Launcher Mechanical System
* ILS Integrated Logistic Support
* IM Insensitive Munition(s)
* IMMLC Improved Medium Mobility Load Carrier
* IMU Inertial Measurement Unit
* INSAS Indian Small Arms System
* InSb Indium-antimonide
* IOC initial operational capability
* IOF Indian Ordnance Factory
* IPF Initial Production Facility
* IPO International Programme Office
* IPPD Integrated Product Process Development
* IR Infra-Red
* IRBM intermediate-range ballistic missile
* IRU Inertial Reference Unit
* IS internal security
* ISD In Service Date
* ISGU Integrated Sight and Guidance Unit
* ISU Integrated Sight Unit
* ISV Internal Security Vehicle
* ITAS Improved Target Acquisition System
* ITOW Improved TOW
* ITPIAL Infra-red Target Pointer/Illuminator/Aiming Laser
* ITT Invitation To Tender
* ITV Improved TOW Vehicle (US)
* IVPDL Inter-Vehicle Positioning and Data Link (US)
* IW Individual Weapon
* IWS Improved Weapon System

J

* JBMoU Joint Ballistic Memorandum of Understanding
* JERRV Joint Engineer Rapid Response Vehicle
* JGSDF Japanese Ground Self-Defence Force
* JHP Jacketed hollow point
* JLTA Javelin Composite Launch Tube
* JMAC Joint Medium-calibre Automatic Cannon
* JPO Joint Project Office
* JSC Joint Steering Committee
* JSCS Joint Service Combat Shotgun
* JSDFA Japanese Self-Defence Force Agency
* JSP Jacketed Soft Point
* JSSAMP Joint Services Small Arms Master Plan
* JSSAP Joint Services Small Arms Programme

K

* KAAV Korean Armoured Amphibious Vehicle
* KAC Knight's Armament Company
* KE kinetic energy
* KEC Kaman Electromagnetics Corporation
* KEM Kinetic Energy Missile (US)
* kg kilogramme(s)
* KIA Killed in Action
* KIFV Korean Infantry Fighting Vehicle
* KPA Korea People's Army

L

* LAAG light anti-aircraft gun
* LAD light aid detachment
* LADS light air defense system (US)
* LAG Light Artillery Gun
* LAM Laser Aiming Module
* LAPES Low-Altitude Parachute Extraction System
* LAR Light Automatic Rifle
* LASER Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
* LASIP Light Artillery System Improvement Plan
* LATS Light Armoured Turret System
* LAU Light Armoured Unit
* LAV Light Armored Vehicle (US)
* LAV Light Assault Vehicle (US)
* LAV-AD Light Armored Vehicle - Air Defense
* LAW light anti-tank weapon
* LB Long Barrel
* LC Laser Collimator
* LCD Liquid crystal display
* LCS Loader Control System
* LCU Landing Craft Utility
* LCV Light Contingency Vehicle (LCV) (US)
* LD Low drag, Line of Departure
* LE Law Enforcement
* LED light emitting diode
* LEP Life Extension Programme
* LEU Launcher Erector Unit
* LF ATGW Light Forces' Anti-Tank Guided Weapon
* LF Linked Feed
* LFHG Lightweight Fragmentation Hand Grenade
* LFL Light Fighter Lethality
* LIA Linear Induction Accelerator
* LIMAWS Lightweight Mobile Artillery Weapon System
* LION Lightweight Infra-red Observation Night sight
* LIW Lyttleton Engineering Works
* LKP Loader Keyboard Panel
* LLAD low-level air defence
* LLLTV low light level television
* LLM Launcher Loader Module
* LMAW Light Multi-purpose Assault Weapon
* LMG light machine gun
* LNS Land Navigation System
* LNS Laying and Navigation System
* LOAL Lock-On After Launch
* LOBL Lock-On Before Launch
* LOS Line Of Sight
* LOSAT Line Of Sight Anti-Tank
* LP Liquid Propellant
* LP Listening Post
* LPC Launch Pod Container
* LPC Launcher Pod Carrier
* LPG Liquid Propellant Gun
* LPT Low-Profile Turret
* LPTS Lightweight Protected Turret System
* LR Long Rifle
* LR Long-Range
* LRAR Long Range Artillery Rocket
* LRASS Long-Range Advanced Scout System
* LRAT long-range anti-tank
* LRBB long-range base bleed
* LRD Long Range Deflagrator
* LRF laser rangefinder
* LRF Low Recoil Force
* LRHB long-range hollow base
* LRIP Low-Rate Initial Production
* LRM Laser Rangefinder Module
* LRN Lead Round Nose
* LRN Low Recoil NORICUM
* LRSA Long Range Sniper Ammunition
* LRSU Long Range Surveillance Unit
* LRU Launcher Replenishment Unit
* LRU Line Replacement Unit
* LRU line-replaceable unit
* LSS Lightweight Shotgun System
* LSW Light Support Weapon
* LTA Launch Tube Assembly
* LTD laser target designator
* LTFCS Laser Tank Fire-Control System
* LTP Laser Target Pointer, Luminesant Training Projectile
* LUTE Lightweight Uncooled Thermal Imager Equipment
* LVA landing vehicle assault (US)
* LVS Lightweight Video Sight
* LVT landing vehicle tracked (US)
* LVTC landing vehicle tracked command (US)
* LVTE landing vehicle tracked engineer (US)
* LVTH landing vehicle tracked howitzer (US)
* LVTP landing vehicle tracked personnel (US)
* LVTR landing vehicle tracked recovery (US)
* LWC Lead Wad Cutter
* LWIR Long Wave Infrared
* LWL LightWeight Launcher
* LWML LightWeight Multiple Launcher
* LWMS LightWeight Modular Sight
* LWS laser warning system
* LWT light weapon turret

M

* m metre(s)
* m/s metres per second
* MAC Medium Armored Car (US)
* MACS Modular Artillery Charge System
* MADLS Mobile Air Defence Launching System
* MALOS Miniature Laser Optical Sight
* MAMBA Mobile Artillery Monitoring Battlefield Radar
* MAOV Mobile Artillery Observation Vehicle
* MAP Military Aid Programme
* MAPS Modular Azimuth Position System
* MAR Micro Assault Rifle
* MARDI Mobile Advanced Robotics Defence Initiative (UK)
* MARS Mini Assault Rifle System
* MARS Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight
* MARS Multiple Artillery Rocket System
* MAV maintenance assist vehicle
* MAVD MLRS Aim Verification Device
* MBA main battle area
* MBB Messerschmitt-Bцlkow-Blohm
* MBC Mortar Ballistic Computer
* MBT main battle tank
* MCLOS Manual Command to Line Of Sight
* MCRV Mechanised Combat Repair Vehicle
* MCS Microclimate Conditioning System
* MCS modular charge system
* MCSK Mine Clearance System Kit (US)
* MCT Medium Combat Tractor (US)
* MCT Mercury Cadmium Telluride
* MCV Mechanised Combat Vehicle
* MCWL Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory
* MCWS Minor Calibre Weapons Station (US)
* MDU Map Display Unit
* MENS Mission Element Need Statement (US)
* MEP Modular Explosive Penetrator
* MEPSMilitary Entrance Processing Station
* METO Middle East Treaty Organisation; CENTO or Baghdad Pact
* METT-TC Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops and support available--Time available, Civilians
* MEU(SOC) Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)
* MEV medical evacuation vehicle (US)
* MEWS Mobile Electronic Warfare System
* MEWSS Mobile Electronic Warfare Support System
* MF multifunction
* MFC Mortar Fire Control(ler)
* MFCS Multi-Fire Control System/Mortar Fore Control System
* MFCV Missile Fire-Control Vehicle
* MFF munition filling factory
* MG machine gun
* MGB Medium Girder Bridge
* MGL Multiple Grenade Launcher
* MGS Mobile Gun System
* MGTS MultiGun Turret System
* MGU Mid-course Guidance Unit
* MI Military Intelligance
* MICV mechanised infantry combat vehicle
* MILAN Missile d'Infantrie Léger Antichar (light infantry anti-tank missile)
* MILES Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (US)
* MILSTAN MILitary STANdard
* MIPS Medium Integrated Propulsion System (US)
* MLA Manufacturing Licence Agreement
* MLC Military Load Class
* MLC Modular Load Carrier
* MLI Mid-Life Improvement
* MLO Muzzle Loaded Ordnance
* MLRS Multiple Launch Rocket System (US)
* mm millimetre(s)
* MMBF mean miles between failures
* MMG Medium Machine Gun
* MMS mast-mounted sight
* MMS Modular Mounting System
* MNVD Monocular Night Vision Device
* MoA Memorandum of Agreement
* MOA Minute Of Angle
* MoD Ministry of Defence
* MODA Ministry of Defence and Aviation
* MOLF Modular Laser Fire Control (Germany)
* MOLLE MOdular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment
* MoU Memorandum of Understanding
* MOUT Military Operations in Urban Terrain (urban warfare)
* MP Machine Pistol
* MPBAV MultiPurpose Base Armoured Vehicle
* MPC MultiPurpose Carrier (Netherlands)
* MPGS Mobile Protected Gun System (US)
* MPI Mean Point of Impact
* MPIM MultiPurpose Individual Munition
* MPM MultiPurpose Munition
* MPS Maritime Prepositioning Ships (US)
* MPV Multi-Purpose Vehicle
* MPWS Mobile Protected Weapon System (US)
* MR Medium Range
* MRAP Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (Vehicle)
* MRAR MultiRole Assault Round
* MRAV MultiRole Armoured Vehicle
* MRBF mean rounds before failure
* MRBS mean rounds between stoppages
* MRS multiple rocket system
* MRS muzzle reference system
* MRSI Multiple Round Simultaneous Impact
* MRV(R) Mechanised Recovery Vehicle (Repair)
* MRVR Mechanised Repair and Recovery Vehicle (US)
* MSR Missile Simulation Round
* MSTAR Man-portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar
* MSV Modular Support Vehicle
* MT mechanical time
* MTB Mobility TestBed
* MTBF Mean Time Between Failure
* MTI moving target indication
* MTL Materials Technology Laboratory (US)
* MTR Mobile Test Rig (US)
* MTSQ mechanical time and super-quick
* MTSQ Mechanical Time Semi-Quick
* MTU Motoren- und Turbinen-Union
* MTVL mobile tactical vehicle light
* MUGS Multipurpose Universal Gunner Sight
* MULE Modular Universal Laser Equipment (US)
* MUSS Multifunctional Selfprotection System
* MV muzzle velocity
* MVEE Military Vehicles and Engineering Establishment
* MVRS Muzzle Velocity Radar System
* MWS Manned Weapon Station (US)
* MWS Modular Weapon System

N

* NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organisation
* NBC nuclear, biological, chemical
* NBMR NATO Basic Military Requirement
* NDI Non-Developmental Item
* NDU Navigation Display Unit
* NFOV Narrow Field Of View
* NG New/Next Generation
* Ni/Cd Nickel Cadmium
* NLAW Next Light (weight) Anti-armour Weapon
* NLOS-C Non-Line Of Sight-Cannon
* NLOS-M Non-Line Of Sight-Mortar
* NTC National Training Center (USA)
* NUGP nominal unit ground pressure
* NV Night Vision
* NVD Night Vision Device
* NVE Night Vision Equipment
* NVESD Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate
* NVG Night Vision Goggle
* NVS Night Vision System
* NZDF New Zealand Defence Force
* NZEF New Zealand Expeditionary Force (in WWI & WWII)

O

* OBR Optical Beam-Riding
* OCC Obus à Charge Creusé (shaped-charge shell)
* OCOKA Observation and fields of fire, Cover and concealment, Obstacles, Key terrain, and Avenues of Approach.
* OCSW Objective Crew-Served Weapon
* OCU Operational Centre Unit
* ODE Ordnance Development and Engineering (Singapore)
* OEG Occluded Eye Gunsight
* OEO optical and electro-optical
* OFSA Objective Family of Small Arms
* OFSA One Size Fits All
* OFW Objective Force Warrior
* OHWS Offensive Hand Weapon System
* OIC Officer In Charge
* OICW Objective Individual Combat Weapon
* OOTW Operations Other Than War
* OP observation post
* OP Operators Panel
* OPCON OPerational CONtrol
* OPDW Objective Personal Defense Weapon
* OPORD OPerations Order
* OPSEC OPerational SECurity
* OPV Observation Post Vehicle
* OSW Objective Sniper Weapon
* OT operational test
* OTA overflight top attack
* OTEA Operational Test and Evaluation Agency (US)

P

* P How pack howitzer
* P3I Pre-Planned Product Improvements
* PAR pulse acquisition radar
* PAT power-assisted traverse
* PC Personal Computer
* PCB printed circuit board
* PCC Police Compact Carbine
* PCI Pre-combat inspection
* PD Point Defense
* PD point detonating
* PD Point of Departure
* PDNA Positioning Determining/Navigation Unit
* PDRR Program Definition and Risk Reduction
* PDW Personal Defence Weapon
* PE Procurement Executive (UK)
* PEC Printed Electronic Circuits
* PFD proximity fuze disconnector
* PFHE prefragmented high explosive
* PFPX prefragmented proximity fuzed
* PGMM Precision Guided Mortar Munition
* PH Probability of Hit
* Pi Probability of incapacitation
* PIAT Projector, Infantry, Anti Tank
* PIBD Point Initiating Base Detonated
* PID Positive Identification
* PIE pyrotechnically initiated explosive
* PIP Product Improvement Programme
* PL Phase Line
* PLA People's Liberation Army
* PLARS Position Location And Reporting System (US)
* PLC Programmable Logic Control
* PLO Palestinian Liberation Army
* PLOS Predicted Line Of Sight
* PLS Palletised Load System (US)
* PM porte mortier (mortar carrier)
* PM Product Manager
* PMCS Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services
* PMEE U.S. Air Force abbreviation for Prime Mission Electronic Equipment
* PMO Program Management Office (US)
* PMOD Platform Modifications
* PMS Pedestal-Mounted Stinger
* PNU Position Navigation Unit
* POA&M Plan Of Action & Milestones
* POF Pakistan Ordnance Factory
* POS Postes Optiques de Surveillance
* PPI plan position indicator
* PPS Precise Positioning Service
* PRAC practice
* PRAC-T practice tracer
* PRI projector reticle image
* PSD Propulsion System Demonstrator
* PSS Primary Sight System
* PTO power take-off
* PVP Petit Véhicule Protégé
* PW Prisoner of War
* PWI-SR(GR) Panser Wagen Infanterie-Standaard (Groep)
* PWP Plasticised White Phosphorus

Q

* QCB Quick Change Barrel
* QE quadrant elevation

R

* RA Royal Artillery
* RAAM Rifle-launched Anti-Armour Munition
* RAAMS Remote Anti-Armor Mine System (US)
* RAC Royal Armoured Corps
* RADIRS Rapid Deployment Multiple Rocket System (US)
* RAAF Royal Australian Air Force
* RAE Royal Aircraft Establishment, Royal Aircraft Establishment (Farnborough)
* RAE Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Combat Engineers
* RAF Royal Air Force
* RAM-D reliability, availability, maintainability and durability
* RAN Royal Australian Navy
* RAO Rear Area Operations
* RAP rocket-assisted projectile
* RAPI Reactive Armour Protection
* RARDE Royal Armament Research and Development Establishment (UK)
* RATAC Radar de Tir pour L'Artillerie de Campagne (radar for field artillery fire)
* RAW Rifleman's Assault Weapon
* RBL Range and Bearing Launch
* RC/MAS Reserve Component/Modified Armament System
* RCAAS Remote-Controlled Anti-Armor System (US)
* RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force
* RCC Roland Co-ordination Center (US)
* RCDU Remote-Controlled Defence Unit
* RCL ReCoilLess
* RCN Royal Canadian Navy
* RCS Radar Cross Section
* RCT Royal Corps of Transport
* RCV Robotic Command Vehicle
* RDF Rapid Deployment Forces
* RDF/LT Rapid Deployment Force Light Tank (US)
* RDJTF Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force (US)
* RDT&E Research Development Test and Evaluation
* REME Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
* RF Rimfire
* RFA Royal Field Artillery
* RFAS Russian Federation and Associated States
* RFC Royal Flying Corps
* RFI request for information
* RFP request for proposals
* RFPI Rapid Force Projection Initiative
* RFQ Request For Quotations
* RGGS Rifle Grenade General Service
* RHA rolled homogeneous armour
* RHA Royal Horse Artillery
* RIN the former Royal Indian Navy
* RIS Rail Interface System
* RISE Reliability Improved Selected Equipment
* RLC Royal Logistic Corps
* RLEM Rifle-Launched Entry Munition
* RLG Ring Laser Gyro
* RMG ranging machine gun
* RN Royal Navy
* RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force
* RNZN Royal New Zealand Navy
* RO Royal Ordnance
* ROBAT Robotic Counter-Obstacle Vehicle (US)
* RoC Republic of China
* ROC required operational characteristics
* ROE Rules Of Engagement
* ROF Royal Ordnance Factory (UK)
* ROF rate of fire
* RoK Republic of Korea
* RoKIT Republic of Korea Indigenous Tank
* ROR range only radar
* ROTA Royal Ordnance Training Ammunition
* RP Red Phosphorus
* RP rocket-propelled
* RPC Rocket Pod Container
* RPG Rocket Propelled Grenade
* RPG Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot
* RPV remotely piloted vehicle
* RR Recoilless Rifle
* RRPR Reduced Range Practice Rocket
* RRTR Reduced Range Training Round
* RSAF Royal Small Arms Factory (UK) (now closed)
* RSS Rosette Scanning Seeker
* RTE Rifle Team Equipment
* RTT Roues Transporteur de Troupes
* RUC Royal Ulster Constabulary
* RWS Remote Weapon Station

S

* s second(s)
* S&W Smith & Wesson
* SABCA Société Anonyme Belge de Constructions Aéronautiques
* SABR Selectable Assault Battle Rifle
* SABS Stabilizing Automatic Bomb Sight
* SAC Small Arms Collimator
* SACLOS Semi-Automatic Command to Line Of Sight
* SADA Standard Advanced Dewar Assembly
* SADARM Sense And Destroy Armor (US)
* SADF South African Defence Force
* SAE Society of Automotive Engineers
* SAF Small Arms Fire
* SAFCS Small Arms Fire Control System
* SAFIRE Surface-to-Air Fire
* SAL semi-active laser
* SAM surface-to-air missile
* SAMM Société d'Applications des Machines Motrices
* SANDF South African National Defence Force
* SANG Saudi Arabian National Guard
* SAP Semi-Armour-Piercing
* SAPHEI Semi-Armour-Piercing High Explosive Incendiary
* SAPI semi-armour-piercing incendiary
* SASR Special Application Sniper Rifle
* SAT Small Arms Trainer
* SATCP Systиme Anti-aérien à Trиs Courte Portée (very short-range anti-aircraft system)
* SAVA Standard Army Vectronics Architecture
* SAW Squad Automatic Weapon
* SAWS Squad Automatic Weapon System
* SB Short Barrel
* SCORE Stratified Charge Omnivorous Rotary Engine
* SD self-destruct(ion)
* SEAL Sea/Air/Land
* SEALOCK Search, Locate, and Communicate or Kill
* SEATO Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation
* SEME School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering
* SEN shell extended range NORICUM
* SEP Soldier Enhancement Programme
* SFCS Simplified Fire-Control System
* SFIM Société de Fabrication d'Instrument de Mesure
* SFIRR solid fuel integral rocket/ramjet
* SFM Sensor Fuzed Munitions
* SFMG Sustained Fire Machine Gun
* SFSW Special Forces Support Weapon
* SFW Special Forces Weapon
* SGTS Second-Generation Tank Sight
* SH/PRAC squash head practice
* SHORAD Short-Range Air Defence System
* shp shaft horsepower
* SICPS Standard Integrated Command Post Systems
* SINCGARS Single Channel Ground/Air Radio System
* SIP System Improvement Plan/Programme
* SIPS Small Integrated Propulsion System
* SJFN Semi-Jacketed Flat Nose
* SJHP Semi-Jacketed Hollow Point
* SKOT Sredni Kolowy Opancerzny Transporter (armoured personnel carrier)
* SLAP saboted light armor penetrator
* SLAW Shoulder-Launched Assault Weapon
* SLEP Service Life Extension Program (US)
* SLR Self-Loading Rifle
* SLR Super Low Recoil
* SLWAGL Super Light Weight Automatic Grenade Launcher
* SM smoke
* SMAW Shoulder-launched Multi-purpose Assault Weapon
* SMG sub-machine gun
* SMK Smoke
* Smoke BE smoke base ejection
* Smoke WP smoke white phosphorus
* SMP Surface Mine Plough
* SOCOM Special Operations Command
* SOF Special Operations Force(s)
* SOG Speed Over Ground
* SOP Standard Operational Procedure(s)
* SP self-propelled
* SP Soft Point
* SPAAG self-propelled anti-aircraft gun
* SPAAM self-propelled anti-aircraft missile
* SPAG self-propelled assault gun
* SPARK solid propellant advanced ramjet kinetic energy missile
* SPAS Special Purpose Automatic Shotgun
* SPATG self-propelled anti-tank gun
* SPAW self-propelled artillery weapon
* SPG self-propelled gun
* SPH self-propelled howitzer
* SPL self-propelled launcher
* SPLL Self-propelled Loader Launcher
* SPM self-propelled mortar
* SPP Special Purpose Pistol
* SPR Special Purpose Rifle
* SPS Standard Positioning Service
* SPSM Sensorgezundete Panzerabwehr SubMunition
* SPW Special Purpose Weapon
* SR Short Rifle
* SR Staff Requirement
* SRAW Short Range Assault Weapon
* SRC Space Research Corporation
* SRG shell replenishment gear
* SRI Short Range Insert
* SRTS Short Range Thermal Sight
* SRU Shop Replaceable Unit
* SRU slip ring unit
* SRV Surrogate Research Vehicle (US)
* SSA Special Spaced Armour
* SSG Single Shot Gun
* SSK Single Shot Kill
* SSW Squad Support Weapon
* ST Staff Target
* STA shell transfer arm
* STAB Steered Agile Beams
* STAFF Small Target Activated Fire-and-Forget (US)
* STANAG STANdardisation Agreement
* STARTLE Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar for Tank Location and Engagement (US)
* STE/ICE Simplified Test Equipment/Internal Combustion Engine (US)
* STUP spinning tubular projectile
* SUB SUBstitute
* SUC Square Ultra Compact
* SUIT Sight Unit Infantry Trilux
* SUSAT Sight Unit Small Arms Trilux
* SWARM Stabilised Weapon and Reconnaissance Mount
* SWAT Special Weapons And Tactics
* SWC Semi WadCutter
* SWS Sniper Weapon System

T

* T Tracer
* TACMS Army Tactical Missile System (US)
* TACOM Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (US)
* TADDS Target Alert Display Data Set (US)
* TADS Target Acquisition and Designation System (US)
* TAM Tanque Argentino Mediano
* TAS Target Acquisition Subsystem
* TAS tracking adjunct system
* TAS Turet Attitude Sensor
* TBAT TOW/Bushmaster Armored Turret (US)
* TCO Tactical Combat Operations
* TCU tactical control unit
* TD tank destroyer
* TDCS Tank Driver Command System
* TDD Target Detection Device
* TDR Target Data Receiver
* TE Tangent Elevation
* TEL Transporter-Erector-Launcher
* TELAR Transporter-Erector-Launcher And Radar
* TES Tactical Environment Simulation
* TES target engagement system
* TGMTS Tank Gunnery Missile Tracking System
* TGP Terminally Guided Projectile
* TGS Tank Gun Sight
* TGSM terminally guided submunition
* TGTS tank gunnery training simulator
* TI thermal imaging/imager
* TICM thermal imaging common modules
* TIIPS Thermal Imaging and Integrated Position System
* TIM Thermal Imaging Module
* TIPU Thermal Image Processing Units
* TIRE Tank Infra-Red Elbow
* TIS thermal imaging system
* TLC Transport Launching Container
* TLD Top Level Demonstrations
* TLE Treaty Limited Equipment
* TLR Tank Laser Rangefinder
* TLS Tank Laser Sight
* TM&LS Textron Marine & Land Systems
* TMBC Turret Management Ballistic Computer
* TMP Tactical Machine Pistol
* TMS Turret Modernisation System
* TMUAS Turreted Mortar Under Armor System (US)
* TNT Trinitrotoluene
* TOE table of organisation and equipment
* TOGS Thermal Observation and Gunnery System (UK)
* TOP Total Obscuring Power
* TOPAS Transporter Obrneny Pasovy
* TOTE Tracker, Optical Thermally Enhanced
* TOW Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (US)
* TP target practice
* TP-FL target practice flash
* TP-S or TPS Target Practice-Spotting/Signature
* TP-SM target practice - smoke
* TP-SP target practice - spotting
* TP-T target practice - tracer
* TPCM Target Practice Colour-Marking
* TPDS Target Practice Discarding Sabot
* TPFSDS-T target practice fin-stabilised discarding sabot - tracer
* TPTF Target Practice Time Fuzed
* TR Triple Rail
* TRACER Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement (UK)
* TRACKSTAR Tracked Search and Target Acquisition Radar System (US)
* TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command (US)
* TSFCS Tank Simplified Fire-Control System
* TSQ time and super-quick
* TSR Tavor Sporting Rifle
* TT transport de troupes (troop transporter)
* TTB Tank TestBed (US)
* TTD Transformation Technology Demonstrator
* TTG Time To Go
* TTS Tank Thermal Sight
* TU Terminal Unit
* TU Traversing Unit
* TUA TOW Under Armor (US)
* TUR Tiefflieger-Ьberwachungs-Radar (low-level surveillance radar)
* TV Television
* TWD Thermal Warning Device
* TWMP Track Width Mine Plough
* TWS Thermal Weapon Sight
* TYDP Ten Year Defence Programme (Australia)

U

* UAV Unmanned Air Vehicle
* UBLE Universal Bridge Launching Equipment
* UCVP Universal Combat Vehicle Platform
* UDR Ulster Defence Regiment
* UET Universal Engineer Tractor (US)
* UGV Unmanned Ground Vehicle
* ULC Unit Load Container
* UMA Universal Mounting Adapter
* UMP Universal Machine Pistol
* MICOM Missile Command (US)
* USAADS U.S. Army Air Defense School
* USMC United States Marine Corps
* USN United States Navy
* USP Universal Self-loading Pistol
* UTL Universal Tactical Light
* UTM Universal Transverse Mercator
* UTS Universal Turret System
* UV Ultraviolet
* UW Urban Warfare

V

* V Volt(s)
* VAB Véhicule de l'Avant Blindé (front armoured car)
* VAB Vickers Armoured Bridgelayer
* VADS Vulcan Air Defense System (US)
* VAE Vehiculo Armado Exploracion
* VAK Vehicle Adaptor Kit
* VAPE Vehiculo Apoyo y Exploracion
* VARRV Vickers Armoured Repair and Recovery Vehicle
* VARV Vickers Armoured Recovery Vehicle
* VBC Véhicule Blindé de Combat (armoured combat vehicle)
* VBCI Véhicule Blindé de Combat d'Infanterie
* VBL Véhicule Blindé Léger (light armoured vehicle)
* VBM Véhicules Blindés Modulaires
* VCA Véhicule Chenillé d'Accompagnement (tracked support vehicle)
* VCC Veicolo Corazzato de Combattimento
* VCG Véhicule de Combat du Genie (armoured engineer vehicle)
* VCI Véhicule de Combat d'Infanterie; Vehiculo combate infanteria (infantry combat vehicle)
* VCP Vehicle Check Point
* VCR variable compression ratio
* VCR Véhicule de Combat à Roues (wheeled combat vehicle)
* VCR/AT Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Atelier Technique (salvage)
* VCR/IS Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Intervention Sanitaire (stretchers)
* VCR/PC Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Poste de Commandement (HQ)
* VCR/TH Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Tourelle HOT (turret with four HOT ATGW)
* VCR/TT Véhicule de Combat à Roues/Transport de Troupes (troop carrier)
* VCTIS Vehicle Command and Tactical Information System
* VCTM Vehiculo de Combate Transporte de Mortero (armoured mortar carrier)
* VCTP Vehiculo de Combate Transporte de Personal (armoured personnel carrier)
* VDA Véhicule de Défense Anti-aérienne (anti-aircraft defence vehicle)
* VDAA Véhicule d'Auto-Défense Anti-aérienne
* VDC Voltage Direct Current
* VDM viscous damped mount
* VDSL Vickers Defence Systems Ltd
* VDU visual display unit
* VEC Vehiculo de Exploraciòn de Caballerie
* VEDES Vehicle Exhaust Dust Ejection System (US)
* VERDI Vehicle Electronics Research Defence Initiative (UK)
* VHIS visual hit indicator system
* VIB Véhicule d'Intervention du Base
* VIDS Vehicle Integrated Defence System
* VINACS Vehicle Integrated Navigation and Command System
* VIRSS Visual and InfraRed Smoke Screening System
* VITS Video Image Tracking Systems
* VLAP Velocity-enhanced Long-range Artillery Projectile
* VLC Véhicule Léger de Combat (light armoured car)
* VLI Visible Light Illuminator
* VLSMS Vehicle-Launched Scatterable Mine System
* VMBT Vickers Main Battle Tank
* VMS Vehicle Motion Sensor
* VNAS Vehicle Navigation Air System
* VRL Véhicule Reconnaissance Léger (light reconnaissance vehicle)
* VSEL Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd
* VT variable time
* VTP véhicule transport de personnel (personnel carrier)
* VTT véhicule transport de troupe (troop transporter)
* VVSS vertical volute spring suspension
* VXB Véhicule Blindé à Vocations Multiples (multipurpose armoured car)

W

* WAM Wide Area Mines (US)
* WAPC Wheeled Armoured Personnel Carrier (Canada)
* WASAD Wide Angle Surveillance and Automatic Detection Device
* WAV Wide Angle Viewing
* WFOV Wide Field Of View
* WFSV Wheeled Fire Support Vehicle (Canada)
* WHA Weapons Head Assembly
* WHSA Weapons Head Support Assembly
* WLR Weapon Locating Radar
* WMD Weapon(s) of Mass Destruction
* WMRV Wheeled Maintenance and Recovery Vehicle (Canada)
* WP white phosphorus
* WP-T white phosphorus - tracer
* WSM Winchester Short Magnum

Y

* YMRS Yugoslav multiple rocket system

ee also

* List of established military terms
* List of military tactics

References

* [http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/reference/Armor_and_Artillery_Glossary.htm Armor and Artillery Glossary]
* [http://www.aeronautics.ru/archive/reference/Infantry_Weapons_Glossary.htm Infantry Weapons Glossary]
* FM 17-97 Cavalry Troop (October 1995)


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