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Point defence (or point defense; see spelling differences) is the defence of a single object or a limited area, e.g. a ship, building or an airfield, now usually against air attacks and guided missiles.[1] Point defence weapons have a smaller range in contrast to area-defence systems and are placed near or on the object to be protected.

Point defence may include:

Coastal artillery to protect harbours is similar conceptually, but is generally not classified as point defence. Similarly, passive systems—electronic countermeasures, decoys, chaff, flares, barrage balloons—are not considered point defence.


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  1. ^ Aldridge, Robert C. (1983). First Strike!: The Pentagon's Strategy for Nuclear War. South End Press. p. 192. ISBN 978-0-89608-154-3.
  2. ^ NAVY PEO (SHIPS) WASHINGTON NAVY YARD DC (2013-12-01). "LPD 17 San Antonio Class Amphibious Transport Dock (LPD 17)". Fort Belvoir, VA. doi:10.21236/ada614841. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)