CAS MISSION PLANNING
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CAS MISSION PLANNING
CAS SUPPORTED OPERATIONAL AREAS:
JOINT SECURITY AREA (JSA)
Limited in scope and duration to supporting maneuver forces or Spec Ops due to short and intense nature
The responsiveness and firepower of _____
greatly augment the combat power of rear area forces.
CAS SUPPORTED MISSIONS:
_______ is the most overlooked aspects of maneuver and fire support training.
PLANNING AND INTEGRATION
Relies upon coordination with TF staff elements
Answer CAS questions METT-TC
Fire Support Officer/ Joint Fires Element
Electronic Warfare Officer
CAS PLANNING FACTORS:
Purpose of Mission
As threat level increases pre-briefing and detailed mission planning become critical.
Friendly troop locations and movement
PARAMOUNT TO SUCCESS
TERRAIN AND WEATHER
CP's, Orbits, IP's, HA's, BP's
Planners at every level require and understanding of the effects of weather on A/C navigation, sensors, and weapons system.
Synchronization of fire and maneuver
Inadequate time management may result in reduced effectiveness and increased risk to aircrews and ground troops.
CIVILLIANS AND COLLATERAL CONCERNS:
2000 LB JDAM ISN'T ALWAYS THE ANSWER.
Know enemy situation and location of friendly units
GFC's target priority, desired effects and timing of fires
Permits CAS to function without interference
builds overall SA
Worth a Thousand Words!
JTAC/FAC(A) should mark targets whenever necessary
STREAMLINED AND FLEXIBLE PROCEDURES
Proper utilization of the CAS mission brief (9 Line)
JTAC's and aircrew must weaponeer______.
Appropriate Ordinance _____ fratricide and collateral concerns.
Loss or Lack of Target _______ is leading cause of fratricide.
Fixed Wing Control Points
15-30 NM from the initial IP
IP's are ______ from target area.
Holding Areas (HA) is located behind the ____.
Battle Position (BP)
BP is an Airspace Coordination Area
Must be within weapons range
adequate maneuver area
FIRING POINT (FP)
Specific point within the (BP)
Aircrews choose their own BP's
JTAC's Role is especially critical during the ____ phase.
FINAL ATTACK HEADING (FAH)
magnetic compass heading flown by the aircraft during ordnance delivery
Don't over restrict your Aircraft!
Factors to be considered during Attack Phase:
Run in Heading
Offset Direction if applicable
When accessing a final attack heading for a specific target always________.
STRIVE TO ATTACK
ATTACK IN WHAT DIRECTION?
Parallel to forward trace of friendlies/collaterals
Attack away from friendlies/collaterals if not parallel
Always consider composition and orientation of target
JTACs use an offset direction to:
Ease fire support coordination
align A/C for the attack or egress
Keep aircrews away from threats/hazards
JTACs should avoid placing unnecessary ____ on the attack aircraft. Use only when needed.
"SPLITTING THE CONE"
When IP to target run ins split the FAH.
Options when splitting the cone occurs:
Change the FAH
Choose another IP
Drive the A/C Flight path on the Egress Side.