UK Military Acronyms

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Complete List Of British Army Acronyms

AOSA Airborne Optical Sensor Adjunct
AOSNI Air Officer Commanding Scotland and Northern Ireland
AOSP Army Operational Shooting Policy
AOSPP Air Officer Strategic Policy & Plans
AOT Asset Optimisation Tool
AOT Automated Operations Tool
AOTC Associated Offices Technical Committee
AOTF Acousto-Optic Tuned Filter
AOU Area Of Uncertainty
AOV Artillery Observation Vehicle
AOW Asia Oceania Workshop (for Open Systems)
AP Accounting Period
AP Accounts Payable
AP Air Publication
AP Allied Publication
AP Ammonium Perchlorate
AP Ammunition Point
AP Anti-Personnel
AP Application Protocol
AP Armour Piercing
AP Assessment Phase
AP Authorised Person
APA Advanced Pilots Aid
APA All Points Addressable (computer screen)
APA Amphibious transport
APACHE Advanced Phased Array Chemical High Energy laser equipment
APACHE Analysis of Pacific Area Communications for Hardening to EMP
APACHE Arme Propulsee A Charges Ejectables
APAG Atlantic Policy Advisory Group
APAM Anti-Personnel Anti-Material
APAR Actively Phased-Array Radar
APART Advanced Phased Array Radar Technology
APB Acquisition Policy Board
APB Air Portable Bridge
APB Analysing Printer Base
APB Assessment Phase Board
APC Air Pollution Control
APC Armoured Personnel Carrier
APC Armour-Piercing Capped
APC Army Personnel Centre
APC Automatic Phase Control
APC(L) Air Picture Compiler (Local)
APCBC Armour-Piercing Capped Ballistic Capped
APCOM Air Picture Compilation
APC-T Armour-Piercing Capped Tracer
APCT-BF Armour-Piercing Capped Tracer Base Fuze
APCU Alarm and Power Remote-Control Unit
APD Amplitude photodiode
APDS Armour Piercing Discarding Sabot
APDS Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot
APDS-T Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot Tracer
APE Armour Piercing Explosive
APEI Armour Piercing High Explosive and Incendiary
APEP Armour Piercing Enhanced Performance
Apers Anti-personnel
APERS-T Anti-Personnel Tracer
APES Azimuth Position and Elevation System
APEX Advanced Photovoltaics and Electronic eXperiment
APEX Analysis of Public Expenditure Statistics System
APFC Air-Portable Fuel Container
APFD Autopilot Flight Director
APFIDS Armour-Piercing Fragmentation Incendiary Discarding Sabot
APFS Air Publications Forms and Stationery
APFSDS Armour Piercing Fin Stabilised Discarding Sabot
APFSDS Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot
APFSDS(P) Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot (Practice)
APFSDS-T Armour-Piercing Fin-Stabilised Discarding Sabot-Tracer
APG Aberdeen Proving Ground (US)
APG Army Publications Group
APG Aspect Project Group
APGM Autonomous Precision Guided Munition
APHAZ Aircraft Proximity Hazard
APHC Armour-Piercing High Capacity
AP-HC Armour-Piercing Hard Core
APHCI Armour-Piercing Hard Core Incendiary
APHCS Admiralty Pilotage & Harbour Control Service
APHCS Army Primary Healthcare Service
APHE Armour Piercing High Explosive
APHEI Armour Piercing High Explosive Incendiary
APHEI Armour-Piercing High Explosive Incendiary
APHE-SD Armour-Piercing High Explosive Self-Destroying
APHIDS Advanced Panoramic Helmet Integrated Display System
APHIDS Advanced Panoramic Helmet Interface Demonstrator System
API Aim Point Initiative
API Air Photo Interpreter
API Air Position Indicator
API American Petroleum Institute
API Application Programme Interface
API Application Programming Interface
API Applications Program Interface.
API Armour Piercing Incendiary
APIA Application Programming Interface Association
APICS American Production Inventory Control Society
APIHC Armour Piercing Incendiary Hard Core
APIT Armour Piercing Incendiary Tracer
APL Accreditation of prior learning
APL Allowance Parts List
APL Application Programme Libraries
APLD Advanced Passive Localisation Demonstrator
APLM Anti-Personnel Landmine
APLN Automatic Position Location Navigator & Reporting
APLS Advanced Procurement and Logistics Support
APLS Advanced Procurement and Logistics Systems
APM Anti-Personnel Mine
APM Association for Project Management
APM Authority Project Manager
APMI Armour Piercing Marker Incendiary
APOBS Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System
APOD Air Port of Debarkation
APOD Air Port of Disembarkation
APOE Air Ports of Embarkation
APP Allied Procedural Publication
App Application
APP Application Portability Profile
APP Armour Protection Program
App Admin Applications Administrator
APP OEU Air Platform Protection Operational Evaluation Unit
App Op Applications Operator
App Spec Applications Specialist
APPC Advanced Programme to Programme Communication
AppID or APID Application ID
APPLABS Appleton Rutherford Laboratory
APPLET A mini software application (or program)
AppSpec Application Specialist
APQ Armaments Planning Questionnaire
APR Air Photo Reader
APR Auto Power Reserve
APR(F) Air Picture Reporter (Force)
APR(L) Air Picture Reporter (Local)
APRE Army Personnel Research Establishment
APRO Army Pay and Records Office
APS Adaptive Processor System (sonar)
APS Advanced Fighter Crew Protection System
APS Aerial Post Squadron (USAF)
APS Air Plot Supervisor
APS Aircraft Position Sensor
APS Aircraft Prepared for Service
APS Assistant Private Secretary
APS Automatic Pointing System or Air Planning System
APSE Ada Programming or Project Support Environment
APSE ADA Programming Support Environment
APSE Armour Piercing Special Effect
APSE Armour-Piercing Secondary Effect
APSEC Advanced Power System Electronic Control
APSE-T Armour-Piercing Secondary Effect-Tracer
APSI Aircraft Propulsion System Integration
APSOH Advanced Panoramic Sonar - Hull-mounted
APSS Atlas Port Surveillance System
APT Aerospace Project Team IPT
APT Armour-Piercing Tracer
APTC Army Physical Training Corps
APTCI Army Physical Training Corps Instructor
APTE Abrams Power Train Evolution
APU Armoured Patrol Unit
APU Auxiliary Power Unit
APV Armoured Patrol Vehicle
APV Auto-piloted Vehicle
APWG ASMA Priorities Working Group
APWG Assessment Phase Working Group
APWT Annual Personal Weapon Test
APX Extended Assessment Phase
AQ Acceptance Questionnaire
AQAP Allied Quality Assurance Paper
AQAP Allied Quality Assurance Publication
AQAP1 Allied Quality Assurance Plan Vol 1
AQD Aeronautical Quality Assurance Directorate
AQF Acquisition Competence Framework
AQL Acceptable Quality Level
AQL Advanced Quick-fix sensor
AQMS Artificer Quatermaster Sergeant Major
AQRD Air Quartermasters Readiness Date
AR Army Regulation
AR Assault Rifle
AR&M Availability Reliability and Maintainability
AR/AAV Armoured Reconnaissance / Airborne Assault Vehicle
ARA Aircraft Research Association
ARA Army Rifle Association
ARALL ARAMID Reinforced Aluminium ALLoy
ARAMIS American Requisitions And Management Information System
ARBS Angle Rate Bombing Set
ARC Admiralty Raster Chart.
ARC Air Refuelling And Comms Fleets IPT
ARC Ames Research Centre
ARC Area Reprogramming Capability
ARC Authority Responsible Code
ARCADS Armament Control and Delivery System
ARCE Amphibious River Crossing Equipment
ARCM Anti-Radiation Countermeasures
Arcrw Aircrew
ARCS Acquisition Radar and Control System
ARCS Aerial Rocket Control System
ARCS Automatic Radio Control System
ARCS Automatic Release Consent Switch
ARCS(HCRF) Admiralty Raster Chart (Hydrographic Chart Raster Format)
ARD Acquired Rights Directive (connected with TUPE)
ARD All Round Defence
ARD Anti-Radar Drone
ARD Applied Research Technology Demonstration
ARD Auxiliary Repair Dry dock
ARDEC Armament Research Development and Engineering Centre (US Army)
ARDNOT Automatic Day / Night Optical Tracker
ARDS Airborne Radar Demonstrator System
ARE Addressable Remote Encoder
ARE Admiralty Research Establishment
ARE Airborne Radar Extension
AREN Army Radio Engineered Network
ARES Active Relief Sensor
ARETS Armoured Remoted Target System
ARF Air Reserve Forces
ARFA Allied Radio Frequency Agency
ARGS Advanced Resolution Gunnery Simulator
ARH Active Radar Homing
ARH Anti-Radar / Radiation Homing
ARI Airborne Radio Installation
ARI Air-power Research Institute (USAF)
ARI US Army Research Institute
ARIC Air-borne Radio and Intercom Control system
ARINC Aeronautical Radio Incorporated
ARJS Air-borne Radar Jamming System
AR-L Airborne Reconnaissance - Low
ARLT Administrative Repair Lead Time
ARM Advanced RISC Machines
ARM Aerodrome Retroreflective Marker
ARM Anti-Radar Missile
ARM Anti-Radiation Measures
ARM Anti-Radiation Missile
ARM Artillery Re-arm Module
ARM Availability Reliability Maintainability
ARM 1 Armament 1
ARM&T Availability Reliability Maintainability & Testability
ARMA Annual Report of Material Accounted
ARMAD Armoured and Mechanised Unit Air Defence
ARMADAS Anti-Radiation Missile Airborne Data Analysis System
Armd Armed
ARMD Armoured
ARM-D Anti-Radiation Missile Decoy
ARMP Allied Reliability and Maintainability Publication
armr armour
Armr Armourer
Armrd Armoured
ARMS Advanced Radar Missile Scoring System
ARMS Advanced Reconfigurable Mission Simulator
ARMS Advanced Remote Mine-hunting System
Arms Armaments
ARMS Armoured Re-supply Maintenance System
ARMSCOR Armament Manufacturing Corporation (South Africa)
ARMVAL Anti-Armour Vehicle Evaluation
ARNE ATM Network Research Environment
ARNG Army National Guard
ARO Accident Response Officer.
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