forward air controller

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forward air controller

A member of the air contact team party who, from a forward ground or airborne position, controls strike aircraft in close air support operations.
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Forward air control and the electronic warfare mission with the eventual replacement of the EA-6B Prowler are examples.
Warden graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1965 and flew 265 missions as a forward air control pilot over Vietnam in 1969.
The Super Hornet is a multi-mission aircraft used for air superiority, day/night strike with precision-guided weapons, fighter escort, close air support, suppression of enemy air defense, maritime strike, reconnaissance, forward air control, and mid-air refueling.
Primary function: Close air support; airborne forward air control.
The A-10 actually attacks enemy ground troops, while the OA-10 variant performs airborne forward air control.
According to UQM, the 4x4 hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) can be equipped in "a range of mission variants including: forward observer, forward air control, reconnaissance, light strike, battlefield ambulance, air defense, logistics, personnel carrier, anti-armor and mortar weapons carrier.
But the people flying the Predator were not people who were schooled in close air support or the tactics of forward air control.
Potential military applications include border patrol, search and rescue, visual and thermal reconnaissance, and forward air control.
Continued the report, "The heart and soul of the air effort in Laos and the reason for any success achieved was largely attributable to the forward air control team consisting of an ABCCC and FAC.
They were finally able to fly some strike missions and progress to airborne forward air control (AFAC) and, ultimately, to mission command of large integrated coalition strike packages.
A-10/OA-10 Thunderbolt II Primary function: Close air support; airborne forward air control.
Currently serving the armed services of eight nations, the F/A-18 fulfills the following types of assignment: fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, and day and night strike missions.