UK Military Acronyms

An up-to-date database of all known acronyms used by the UK military.

The Complete MOD Abbreviation Database

We have a complete list of over 21,000 acronyms used by the Ministry of Defence.

The abbreviations listed below are used by all brances of the Military in the UK.


AcronymDescription
AAMTUAutomatic Antenna Matching and Tuning Unit
AANCPAdvanced Airborne National Command Post
AAOAgency Accounting Officer
AAOAir-to-Air Operations
AAOSAcoustic Artillery Observer Sub-system
AAPAA Practice ammunition with a small bursting charge
AAPAllied Administrative Publication
AAPAnnual Application Plans
AAPAnti-Aircraft Practice
AAPSOAfro-Asian Peoples Solidarity Organisation
AAQMGAssistant Adjutant and Quartermaster General
AARAfter Action Review or Air to Air Refuelling
AARAir to Air Refuelling
AARAir-to-Air Refuelling
AARAAir-to-Air Refuelling Area
AARADCOMArmy Armament Research and Development Command
AARBAdvanced Aerial Refuelling Boom
AARMACAir-to-Air Macro
AASAdvanced Automation System
AATAll Arms Trencher
AATDCArmy Air Transport and Development Centre
AATHAutomatic Approach to Hover
AATSAnti-Aircraft Training System
AATUAutomatic Antenna Tuning Unit
AAUSActive Adjunct Undersea Surveillance
AAVAmphibious Assault Vehicles
AAVAutonomous Aerial Vehicle
AAVPAssault Amphibian Vehicle Personnel
AAVRAssault Amphibian Vehicle Recovery
AAWAdvanced Analysts Workstation
AAWAnti-Air Warfare
AAWAnti-Armour Weapon
AAWCAAW Commander or Co-ordination circuit
AAWCAnti-Air Warfare Commander
AAWCAnti-Air Warfare Controller
AAWCAnti-Air Warfare Co-ordinator
AAWOAnti-Air Warfare Officer
AAWSAdvanced Anti-tank Weapon System
AAWS-HAnti-Armour Weapons System Heavy
AAWS-MAdvanced Anti-tank Weapon System Medium
AAWWSAirborne Adverse Weather Weapon System
ABAble Seaman
ABAdmiralty Board
ABAir Base
ABAirborne
ABAirborne (forces)
ABArmy Board
ABAssault Breaker
AB 88Lift Equipment Register Form Book
ABAAdaptation Box Assembly
ABACUSAll Arms Battlefield Computer Simulation
ABACUSArtillery Battery Computer Support system
ABCAcquisition Behavioural Competences
ABCActivity Based Costing
ABCAll-purpose Ballastable Crawler
ABCAll-purpose Battle Computer
ABCAmerica Britain and Canada
ABCArgentina Brazil Chile
ABCAtomic Biological/Bacteriological and Chemical
ABCAutomatic Boost Control
ABCAutomatic Brightness Control
ABCPARETO Cost Accounting (20% of stock = 80% of Value)
ABCAAmerica Britain Canada and Australia. The treaty
ABCAAmerican British Canadian Australian (group)
ABCAAmerican-British-Canadian-Australian Armies
ABCCCAirborne Battlefield Command and Control Centre
ABCDAmerican British Chinese and Dutch Allied Forces
ABCFAcquisition Behavioural Competence Framework
ABDRAircraft Battle Damage Repair
ABESAir Breathing Engine System
ABFAdaptive Beam Forming
ABFAnnular Blast Fragmentation warhead
ABFMAmerican Board of Foreign Missions
ABIApplication Binary Interface
ABIAssociation of British Insurers
ABICSADA Based Integrated Control System
ABIOSAdvanced Basic Input Output System
ABISAll-Bus Instrumentation System
ABITAdvanced Built-In Test
ABLAirborne Laser
ABLEAutomated Bridge Launching Equipment
ABMActivity Based Management (MRPII)
ABMAdaptive Bandwidth Management
ABMAnti-Ballistic Missile
ABMAssignment Bid Manager
ABMAssistant Bandmaster
ABMDAdvanced Ballistic Missile Defence
ABMSAir Battle Management System
ABMTAnti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
ABNLAdmiral Benelux and Netherlands
ABOAccess Basing and Overflight
ABOArmy Band Office
ABOsAgents of Biological Origin
ABPWAdmiralty Board Professional Warning
ABRCAdvisory Board for the Research Councils
ABRESAdvanced Ballistic Re-Entry System
ABROArmy Base Repair Organisation
ABRVAdvanced Ballistic Re-entry Vehicle
ABSActivity Breakdown Structure
ABSAmphibious Bridging System
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