Suppressive fire

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A Special Forces soldier provides suppressive fire during an exercise
Two crew chiefs provide suppressive fire with their .50 calibre machine guns

In the military, suppressive fire (also called "covering fire") is shooting that hinders an enemy force so they cannot fulfill their mission (what they were trying to do). This hindrance usually only works for as long as the machine gun or artillery gun is being shot.