Generation of short-range gravity waves within the ionosphere due to inhomogenous heating in the presence of space-localized inhomogeneities during high-power radio wave-propagation has been investigated. The magnitude and from of the anticipated atmospheric wave-trains are obtained. The derived experession of electric field within the ionosphere under the stated perturbed condition may be considered to be manifested through Lorentz-force and Joule-dissipation that influence the neutral gas of the atmosphere via collision-mechanism and thereby gravity waves are launched. The expressions for the low-frequency part of the fractional pressure variations have been derived which are applied to the E-region of the ionosphere. The results are presented graphically. © 1987 D. Reidel Publishing Company.