joint terminal attack controller


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joint terminal attack controller

A qualified (certified) Service member who, from a forward position, directs the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations. A qualified and current joint terminal attack controller will be recognized across the Department of Defense as capable and authorized to perform terminal attack control. Also called JTAC. See also terminal attack control.
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It plugs into a radio receiver used by joint terminal attack controllers on the ground to call in fires on a target.
No better time exists to formalize and execute the needed training, whether at the lowest level of joint terminal attack controllers or at the staff level of air tasking order and air space coordination order development.
36) Joint terminal attack controllers (JTAC) can now view unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) and aircraft sensors on a computer screen to aid in targeting.
The crews flying the Predator report possible enemy activity and give the joint terminal attack controller and the ground and air commanders the opportunity to decide what they want to do with that information," Kott said.
He also found that there was not a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) present with the route clearance company, who normally would assist the A-10s in employing their weapons on the enemy and provide additional situational awareness.
Virtual simulators enabling the joint fires thread including ISR platform, dismounted squad, Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and strike aircrew.
Sergeant Jason Kent, 7 RAR TG Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) said the exercise enhanced the ability of qualified observers to successfully locate targets and safely call in air support.
A joint terminal attack controller was able to send his picture of the battlefield--complete with annotations and friendly locations--to the fighter.
Linking into the live scenario, a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) identified nearby ground threats from a hilltop position and requested close air support (CAS) for coalition troops under fire.
Approximately 40 Soldiers from the 133rd Infantry Regiment, Task Force Ironman, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division, TF Red Bulls, including two Joint Terminal Attack Controller Airmen from the 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, and about 20 of their ANA counterparts went to Do Ab after intelligence reports indicated insurgents had overrun the district center.
FAC(A)s view the battlefield from the same vantage as the CAS aircraft they control: a decidedly macrolevel, two-dimensional, "bird's-eye" view (in contrast to the three-dimensional view of the ground joint terminal attack controller [JTAC], which is dominated by a limited horizon, vertical development, and microterrain).
VBS3-based collective training supports Meggitts BlueFire wireless weapon simulators, its full line of mortar simulators, close air support and Joint Terminal Attack Controller training.

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