Air-to-air. An aerial fight between two or more aircraft.
Anti-aircraft artillery. Large-caliber guns and cannon used to shoot down aircraft. Often armed with exploding rounds.
The height of an aircraft in thousands of feet.
A Defensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters reactively engage an adversary, typically over neutral or friendly territory, in the defense of some protected asset(s). mission where fighters defend a large area, such as a geographic area or carrier strike group.
A positively identified enemy aircraft. Does not imply authority to engage.
Basic Fighter Maneuvers. Aerial maneuvers employed during Air Combat Maneuvering. aka Dogfighting. Close-quarters A/A combat where each pilot tries to shoot down the other, preferably first..
An air Engagement of enemy forces. whose identity (friendly, enemy, or neutral) is unknown.
Bearing Range Altitude (Aspect). The format of an air intercept communication call when referenced to the fighter position.
The ability of an airplane to land on an aircraft carrier with a given amount of fuel and/or ordnance.
Command Element. The headquarters element of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. A principal United States Marine Corps organization that combines air-, land-, and sea-borne forces to conduct a wide array of military operations and humanitarian responses anywhere in the world. Comprised of a CE, ACE, GCE, and LCE. May take the form of a MEB, MEF, or MEU. that directs the other elements.
A radar countermeasure consisting of numerous small, thin dipoles of aluminum-coated fiberglass.
An Offensive Counter Air. An A/A mission where fighters preemptively seek aerial engagements with an adversary, typically over their territory. mission where fighters operate as part of a strike package in close proximity to the Air-to-Surface. A general term for the missions and/or equipment involved in the aerial attack of surface (land or sea) targets. strike aircraft.
An aerial formation where two aircraft fly 1 to 1.5 miles abeam each other, headed in the same direction, and from level up to several thousand feet off each other’s altitude.
Engagement of enemy forces.
See Anti-aircraft artillery. Large-caliber guns and cannon used to shoot down aircraft. Often armed with exploding rounds..
A countermeasure deployed by aircraft to decoy infrared-seeking weapons systems and missiles.
A communications brevity term used when launching semi-active radar / infrared seeking / and active radar missiles, respectively.
A A positively identified enemy aircraft. Does not imply authority to engage. for which engagement is authorized.
Slang term for the optical landing system employed to provide glideslope information to pilots landing on an aircraft carrier.
The point in time and space where opposing aircraft meet in an A/A engagement, generally heading in opposite directions.
A communication term indicating that a fighter aircraft has entered the visual arena with a target of interest.
A DCA mission where fighters defend a very small asset, such as a downed Generic term for any aircraft crew member, whether at the flight controls or not..
Return to Base. The act of returning to the place of origin or other friendly place of refuge, following a mission.
An OCA mission where fighters operate in conjunction with a strike package some coordinated time / distance behind.
A combination OCA/strike mission where aircraft fight their way into a target, strike it with A/S ordnance, then fight their way out again.
A comm brevity term used when a fighter has employed all of its active missiles.
An OCA mission where fighters act autonomously without being tied to any other fighter elements or strike package.
Visual Identification. A tactic employed to determine the identity of another aircraft by passing by closely and observing visually.
A no radio communications event or activity, such as landing on an aircraft carrier during daytime, favorable weather conditions.