Directive to cease action, attack, event or mission.
Joint: An emitter is radiating.
Request for / confirmation of bearing and range to described point.
Joint: Request for / confirmation of bearing and range from described point to requesting aircraft.
1. Orbit about a specific point.
2. Refueling track flown by tanker.
3. Turning engagement about a specific location.
Height of friendly aircraft in thousands of feet.
No ARM ordnance remaining.
Unit or element will be performing exactly as stated by the ATO.
To request or provide a response to a coded challenge.
Aircraft identified as enemy, IAW theater ID criteria. The term does not imply direction or authority to engage.
Reference number used to indicate information such as headings, altitude, fuels, etc.
Last transmission potentially disclosed unauthorized information.
BEAM (ING) (DIRECTION)
Target stabilized within 70 to 110 degrees aspect; generally given with cardinal directions.
Execute the scatter plan / then proceed to the Rendezvous Point as briefed.
System indicated is inoperative.
1. Fuel state needed for recovery.
2. Proceed / am proceeding to specified base (field) or carrier.
No visual contact with friendly aircraft / ground position. Opposite of VISUAL.
Directive / informative call that indicates aircraft will continue straight ahead at the merge and not turn with the target.
A radar / visual contact whose identity is unknown.
Request for target information as briefed or available.
Tactical control format providing target bearing, range, altitude and aspect, relative to a friendly aircraft.
Directive to perform an immediate maximum performance turn in the indicated direction. Assumes a defensive situation.
Tanker or receiver directive call indicating immediate vertical and nose / tail separation between tanker and receiver is required.
Loss of radar / IR lock-on (advisory).
Separation from that particular engagement, attack or operation; no intent to reengage / return.
Friendly system radar lock-on indication on RWR.
An established reference point from which the position of an aircraft can be determined. Made by cardinal / range or digital format.
EO / IR illuminator is being used to provide illumination of suface points of interest.
Directive to fly max continuous speed (military power).
Electronic communications jamming.
CAP / CAPPING
1. Establish a combat air patrol at a specified location.
2. Aircraft estasblished in a CAP.
Aircrew has identified and is able to track a specified A/G target with an on-board sensor.
Do not open fire; discontinue firing; complete intercept if weapons are in flight; continue to track.
Call for flight to expend countermeasure chaff.
Radio designated for comm. external to the flight.
Radio designated for intraflight comm.
Begin using briefed radio procedures to counter communications jamming.
Turn ( ) degrees left or right and maintain new heading (left / right).
Friendly aircraft altitude in hundreds of feet.
CHICKS Friendly aircraft.
1. No radar contacts on aircraft of interest.
2. No visible battle damage.
3. Aircraft not carrying external stores.
Requested action is authorized (no engaged / support roles are assumed).
1. Type 1 and 2 close air support terminal control clearance to release ordnance on this pass.
2. Training range operations: RCO / RSO authorizes ordnance release.
CLEARED TO ENGAGE**
1. Type 3 CAS terminal control clearance. Attack aircraft flight leaders may initiate attacks within the parameters imposed by the JTAC.
2. Clearance to fire on designated group / target.
Directive to switch from normal external lighting to covert NVD only compatible lighting.
Decreasing in range.
1. Initiate / initiating a turn in the CAP away from the anticipated threat.
2. Defined area is not expected to receive fire (enemy or friendly).
3. Intercept geometry will result in a pass or roll out behind the target.
4. Contact aspect stabilized 0-20 degrees from the tail or 160-180 degrees from the nose.
Deviation from the briefed route due to threat, weather, timing.
COMEOFF (LEFT / RIGHT / LOW / DRY)
Directive to maneuver to either regain mutual support or to deconflict flight paths for an exchange of engaged and supporting roles. Implies both visual and tally.
Fighter intent to engage / intercept; controller continues to provide information.
Chaff lane or corridor.
1. Sensor contact at the stated position.
2. Acknowledges sighting of a specified reference point (either visually or via sensor).
3. Individual radar return within a GROUP or ARM.
Continue present maneuver, does not imply clearance to engage or expend ordnance.
Ordnance release not authorized.
Directive / informative to take S/A action or establish an A/A posture that will allow engagement of a specified target or threat.
Directive to assume support position and responsibilities.
Request / directive to intercept using cutoff geometry.
Aircraft position within a flight. Use if specific callsign is unknown.
Informative call by an airborne laser designator indicating the laser / IR system is inoperative.
Inquiry of the identification of a specified tracks, targets or correlated group.
DEFENSIVE (SPIKE / MISSILE / SAM / MUD / AAA)
Aircraft is in a defensive position and maneuvering with reference to the stated condition.
LZ conditions do not meet briefed winter criteria.
A surface IR event location.
RWR indication of surface threat in search mode.
Proceed to alternate mission/base.
Groups / contacts / formation with wingman displaced approximately 45 degrees behind leader's 3 / 9 line.
Survivors not located.
Maneuvering against an air threat (offensive or defensive).
Joint: Intra-flight call from an aircraft maneuvering in the visual arena to relinquish deconfliction responsibilities.
Short-term maneuver to gain energy, distance, or separation; normally with the intent of re-engaging.
Aircraft status report:
F: Fuel in hours and minutes remaining.
A: Gun ammunition remaining.
R: Rockets remaining.
M: Missiles remaining.
E: Expendables remaining.
Shipboard fire control radar.
FEET WET / DRY
Flying over water / land.
FENCE IN / OUT
Set cockpit switches as appropriate prior to entering / exiting the combat area.
Call for flight to expend countermeasure flares.
Temporarily turn on briefed IFF mode / system.
Simulated / actual launch of air-to-air weapons.
One — Semi-active radar-guided missile.
Two — Infrared-guided missile.
Three — Active radar-guided missile.
VHF / FM radio.
A positively identified friendly contact.
A turning fight involving multiple aircraft with known bandits and friendlies mixed.
Radar or emitter equipment.
Net compromised; an unreliable, suspect or operator (call sign) failed proper authentication.
Go to briefed HAVE QUICK / SINCGARS net.
Use un-encrypted voice communications.
GOGGLE / DEGOGGLE
Directive to put on / take off NVGs.
Pre-briefed intraflight frequency upon which all members of a flight can be marshalled in event of comm degradation; typically single-channel UHF (clear).
Use encrypted voice communications.
Aircraft in visual formation.
Perform battle damage checks.
Home airfield or carrier.
Directive for free aircraft to maneuver for unobserved forward quarter shot.
Joint: perform an in-place 180 degree turn.
A contact identified as enemy upon which clearance to fire is
authorized IAW theater rules of engagement.
1. Initiate / initiating a turn in the CAP toward the anticipated threats.
2. Defined area is expected to receive fire (enemy or friendly).
3. Ordnance employment intended or completed.
4. Intercept geometry will result in passing in front of the target.
Informative / directive call that an aircraft is approaching at a specified standoff distance from the sovereign airspace of a nation (as defined by national boundaries or territorial sea and airspace). (Color may indicate additional standoff distance.) follow briefed procedures.
1. Directive to identify the target.
2. ID accomplished, followed by type.
Informative indicating a turn to a hot aspect relative to a threat / target.
Interrogate the designated contact of the iff mode indicated.
Unpredictable maneuvers to negate a gun tracking solution.
Fuel state above bingo at which separation, Bug-out or event termination should begin.
Aircrew has radar / visual contact on the correct target, has taken control of the intercept and only requires situation awareness information. controller will minimize radio transmissions.
Chattermark frequency change.
KNOCK IT OFF
Cease the entire evolution; all players must acknowledge.
Directive to start laser designation.
The speaker is firing the laser.
Airborne threat has passed through a defensive layer. Call should include amplifying information.
Launch of friendly antiradiation missile.
Establish(ed) at a specific point.
1. Information that friendlies and targets have arrived in the same visual arena.
2. Call indicating radar returns have come together.
HAVE QUICK time of day (TOD) signal.
1. RWR ground threat displayed with no launch indication.
2. RWR indication of surface threat in track mode. See DIRT and SINGER.
Electronic radar jamming (on AI radar, electronic deceptive jamming).
1. RWR indication of AI radar in search.
2. Flechette rockets.
No RWR indications.
Not a threat.
Aircrew does not have visual contact with the target / bandit / landmark. Opposite of TALLY.
All radios are inoperative.
NOTCH / NOTCHING (DIRECTION)
Aircraft is in a defensive postion. Maneuver(ing) with reference to a threat.
Informative call indicating attack is terminated and maneuvering to the indicated direction.
Informative call indicating maneuver in a specified direction with reference to the target.
Informative call indicating that wingman is established in appropriate formation.
Informative unit / aircraft has reached assigned station.
Directive to aircrew to maintain VID of an aircraft or surface position to prevent losing TALLY / VISUAL.
Interrogated group / radar contact that is responding with any of the specified IFF modes and correct codes established for the ID criteria. Friendly IFF Interrogation return.
Perform non-traditional ISR on target / track
Magnetic bearing and range to homeplate (or specified destination).
Amount of time aircraft can remain on station.
Switch to previously assigned frequency.
1. Starting climb for air-to-surface attack.
2. Max performance climb out of low altitude structure.
Wingman has lost sight due to weather; execute briefed IIMC plan. Joint: Flying in clouds or area of reduced visibility.
Directive to continue the attack; mutual support will be maintained. Supportive role will be assumed.
Go to designated frequency. No acknowledgment required.
Departing designated point.
Assault helicopters ready to lift.
Resume last formation, station or mission ordered.
A bogey that is conforming with safe passage routing / airspeed / altitude procedures.
Friendly air-to-surface missile launch.
Two or more munitions released or fired in close succession.
ROLEX (+ / - TIME)
Time line adjustment in minutes from planned mission execution time (plus means later; minus means earlier).
Illumination of an aircraft with an IR pointer.
Visual acquisition of SAM or SAM launch should include position.
Fly at best endurance.
Emergency directive to egress for defensive or survival reasons.
Takeoff as quickly as possible.
1. One weave, a single crossing of flight paths; maneuver to adjust / regain formation parameters.
2. Maneuver to clear the flight's 6 o'clock postion.
Directive to shift laser illumination.
Aircraft / unit designated to employ ordnance.
SINGER (TYPE / DIRECTION)
RWR indication of SAM launch.
Current survivor coordinates.
Directive call to HVAA to continue present mission while extending range from target in response to perceived threat.
SMASH (ON / OFF)
Turn on / off anticollision lights.
Smoke marker used to mark a position.
Directive to oscillate an IR pointer at a target.
An immediate vector to the group described.
1. Equipment indicated is operating inefficiently.
2. Invalid response to an administrative IFF check; opposite of SWEET.
An interrogated group / radar contact that lacks all of the ATO (or equivalent) IFF / SIF modes and codes required for the ID criteria.
Target marking by IR pointer. Target marking by gunship or FAC(A) using incendiary rounds.
RWR indication of an AI threat in track or launch.
1. (A/A) target destroyed.
2. (A/G) weapons impact.
Informative that voice deception is being employed.
1. Acquisition of laser designation.
2. Platform is LST capable.
SQUAWK ( )
Operate IFF as indicated or IFF is operating as indicated.
A ground-borne object of interest departing the objective area.
An informative call denoting a bogey is responding with an IFF mode (mode #).
Two or more groups / contacts / formations with a high / low altitude separation in relation to each other.
Request for tactical situation.
Directive to stop oscillation of IR pointer.
Set magnetic heading indicated.
Stinger within a group, a formation of three or more aircraft with a single aircraft in trail.
Stop IR illumination of target.
STRANGLE ( )
Turn off equipment indicated.
Directive / informative that target illumination is being conducted with artificial illumination.
1. Equipment indicated is operating efficiently.
2. Valid response to an administrative IFF check; opposite of SOUR.
Request / directive to switch to tactical control.
Sighting of a target, bandit, bogey or enemy position; opposite of no joy.
Directive to terminal controller to standby for laser on call in approximately 10 seconds.
1. Stop laser illumination of a target.
2. Cease local engagement without affecting the overall exercise.
One minute until air-to-surface ordnance impact.
Enough fuel and ordnance to accept a commit.
1. Stabilized gun solution.
2. Continuous illumination of a target.
3. Contact heading.
Indicates limited situational awareness; no joy; blind; a request for information.
Cannot comply as requested / directed.
Sighting of a friendly aircraft / ground position; opposite of BLIND.
Hostile attack is imminent or in progress.
Hostile attack is probable.
Hostile attack is improbable (all clear).
Fire only at targets not identified as friendly IAW current ROE.
Fire only at targets positively identified as hostile IAW current ROE.
Fire only in self-defense or in response to a formal order.
USN / NATO use "weapons safe" to avoid confusion with the phrase "hold fire."
No ordnance remaining.
Informative call to terminal controller that an aircraft nose is pointed toward ground target.