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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These include more sophisticated FAC aircraft, improved communication vehicles and radios for use by the forward air controllers, new lightweight radar and ancillary support equipment, and compact air-ground communication facilities.
In order to achieve better and quicker strikes in Vietnam, a new forward air controller aircraft was specified with heavier armament.
The Forward Air Controller can see the various targets and will 'lase' with the laser range finder, see where the closest friendly is through his radio system, and pass it up to the pilot," Esselaar said.
40) The joint forward air controller (airborne) (JFAC[A]) MOA does the same for services and platforms that conduct the FAC[A] mission.
Born Gary Cooper he prefers Garry and was one of 36 Australian Forward Air Controllers (FACs) in Vietnam.
The F-14D Super Tomcat carried a forward air controller (airborne) crew, who were paired in mixed section with an FA-18C.
If a South Vietnamese forward air controller was not on an aircraft, it was forbidden to bomb enemy troops during a fire fight even though the Reds were clearly visible and were being pointed at by an officer on the ground.
This pilot and his wingman had checked in with their forward air controller (FAC) just as the FAC had finished counting more than 25 Taliban troops climbing into a bunker.
As a forward air controller with a tactical communications squadron, I was severely wounded there by a mine.
The LTD will be used by Forward Air Controller (FAC) and Special Operation Forces (SOF) personnel.
His first deployment, as a forward air controller in 2007-2008, was cut short after 10 weeks when details of his whereabouts were disclosed in the media.
The MB-339 is specifically designed to excel in the Close Air Support, Forward Air Controller - Airborne (FAC-A) and training Joint Terminal Attack Controllers roles.
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