In other words, while a pilot is conducting his assigned aviation mission (for instance, offensive air support
or aerial reconnaissance), a HEL weapon could automatically identify, acquire, target, and engage an enemy missile or aircraft.
MAWTS-1 also offers a classified lecture on urban offensive air support
during the common academic portion of the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course syllabus.
The exercise focused on integrating the MQ-1 Predator Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) of the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron with AV-8B Harrier IIs from VMA-513 in an offensive air support
Traditionally, air force missions in support of the ground forces have consisted of offensive air support
, armed reconnaissance, and tactical air reconnaissance.
The STOVL Harrier provided a high-performance, offensive air support
capability that enabled expeditionary air support from amphibious platforms and austere forward sites.
Takeaways from this deployment will include a paradigm shift for offensive air support
missions, as the capabilities of the Hornet have been exponentially enhanced with the addition of the Litening AT pod.
The tasks of Marine Aviation fall into six functional areas: offensive air support
, antiair warfare, assault support, air reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and control of aircraft and missiles.