Airfield, airbase or airbase operations? What is the difference?

Key Terms

Air Base

Air bases involves numerous activities, including the provision of C2, logistics, runways, hangars, maintenance, fuel, communications, financial management, administration, intelligence, firefighting, policing, airfield engineering, medical and dental, legal and chaplaincy services, and contract support. As they are fixed, large and complex, air bases are highly vulnerable both to actions by an adversary as well as the environment and thus require proactive and extensive protection. They are also resource intensive to operate and require significant lead time to develop.

Air Base operations

Operations conducted from an Air Base


An area of land set aside for the take-off, landing, and maintenance of aircraft.