forward air controller


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forward air controller

An officer (aviator/pilot) member of the tactical air control party who, from a forward ground or airborne position, controls aircraft in close air support of ground troops. Also called FAC. See also close air support.
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These "Mosquito" aircraft again proved the value of an airborne forward air controller and provided the basis for today's doctrine and procedures.
Likewise, the highly innovative single-seat Kamov Ka-50 has led only to the Ka-52 with side-by-side seating for forward air controller duties.
Cpl Mather's role as a Forward Air Controller was crucial in co-coordinating air support to protect the troops on the ground.
Sgt Mark Perren, a forward air controller, was investigated but no charges were brought against him, the inquest heard.
With this addition the A-10 will be able to receive portable graymap quality coordinates from a forward air controller and execute air strikes.
Vietnam above the treetops; a forward air controller reports.
The exercise also explored using the Predator as an off-board sensor for the forward air controller (FAC).
The coalition combat identification (CCID) technologies tested during the ACTD included the Battlefield Target Identification Device (BTID), CID server, Tactical Air Control Party Close Air Support System, Target Location Designation Handoff System, Air Support Operations Center Gateway, Battlefield Air Operations Kit and the BTID-equipped Forward Air Controller (BeFAC).
Harry secretly flew to Helmand to work as a forward air controller, calling in air strikes to let pilots know where their targets were.
23) Command and control and forward air controller procedures were adjusted when AH-64s supported Marine units based on this doctrinal issue.
The 23-year-old prince, known as Lieutenant Wales, secretly served as Forward Air Controller from December last year until February of this year at Garmsir and Musa Qaleh.
He also took part in a combined Afghan and coalition operation which allowed him to combine his work as a Forward Air Controller (FAC) with his earlier training as an armoured vehicle commander.

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