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Abort Directive to cease action/attack/event/mission.
Action Directive call to initiate a briefed attack sequence or plan.
(system)Active(location/direction) [EW] Referenced emitter is radiating at a stated location or along the stated bearing.
ADD (system/category) [EW] Directive call to add a specific (system) or electronic order of battle (EOB) category to search responsibility.
Alarm Directive/informative indicating the termination of EMCON procedures. Opposite of Snooze
Alligator Link-11/ TADIL A
Alpha Check Request for confirmation of bearing and range from own ship to described point.
Anchor(ed) (w/location) 1. Informative call to indicate a turning engagement at the specified location. 2. Directive call to orbit about a specific point. 3. refueling track flown by tanker
Angels Height of friendly aircraft in thousands of feet mean sea level (MSL)
Anyface Friendly GCI/AEW command and control agency when call sign is not known.
Arizona No ARM ordnance remaining.
Arm Contact(s) resulting from target maneuvers exceeding GROUP criteria.
Arm/Armed (Safe/Hot) Select armament (safe/hot), or armament is safe/hot.
As Fragged Unit or element will be performing exactly as stated by the air tasking order.(ATO)
Attack(ing) Directive/(informative) call indicating aircraft are committed to air-to-surface delivery on a specific ground target. Direction/bearing from which the weapon will be coming may be given.
Attack Complete [A/S] Mandatory call from the attack aircraft to the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (J-TAC) during Type III control indicating completion of ordnance release.
Authenticate To request or provide a response for a coded challenge.
Autocat Any communications relay using automatic retransmissions.
(weapon) Away Release/launch of specified weapon. Note: Include Launch location in bullseye format and weapons track direction for PIGS and LONG RIFLE.
AWOL (w/altitude) Informative call indicating violation of assigned procedural deconfliction measure.
Azimuth 1. A picture label describing two groups separated laterally. GROUP names will be referenced by cardinal directions 2. Direction to the threat.
Bandit An aircraft identified as an enemy IAW theater identification criteria. The term does not necessarily imply direction or authority to engage.
Banzai Informative or directive call to execute launch-and-decide tactics.
Base Reference number used to indicate such information as headings, altitudes, and fuels.
Bay Carry out deception plan indicated or IAW previous orders.
Bead Window Last transmission potentially disclosed unauthorized information.
Beam (w/cardinal direction) Target stabilized within 70 to 110 degrees of aspect; generally given in cardinal directions: east, west, north, and south.
Beanstalk [N] Data link users should check equipment for spurious tracks
(system) Bent System indicated is inoperative.
Bingo Fuel state needed for recovery.
Bird Friendly surface-to-air missile (SAM).
Bird(s) Affirm Surface-to-air informative call indicating unit is able and prepared to engage a specified target with SAMs (presumes target is within or will enter the SAM engagement envelope).
Bird(s) Away Surface-to-air informative call indicating friendly SAM has been fired at designated target.
Bird(s) Negate Surface-to-air informative call indicating unit is unable to engage a specified target with SAMs. Opposite of BIRD(S) AFFIRM.
Bittersweet Notification of possible blue-on-blue (fratricide) situation relative to a designated track or friendly.
Black Timber Joint Range Extension Application Protocol Alpha (JREAP A) Half-duplex token passing data link that primarily uses 5/25 KHz. Demand Assigned Multiple Access (DAMA) UHF satellite communications to send the common tactical picture (CTP)/common operational p
Blind No visual contact with friendly aircraft/ground position; opposite of VISUAL.
Blotter [N] [EW] ECM receiver
Blow Through Directive or informative call that indicates aircraft will continue straight ahead at the merge and not become anchored with target/targets.
Bogey A radar or visual air contact whose identity is unknown
Bogey Dope Request for target information as requested or closest group in BRAA (with appropriate fill-ins).
Box A picture label describing four distinct groups with two in front and two behind in a square or offset square orientation.
BRAA Tactical control format providing target bearing, range, altitude, and aspect, relative to a friendly aircraft. Aspect is only required if other than HOT.
Bracket (w/direction) Directive call to maneuver to a position on opposing sides, either laterally or vertically from the targets.
Break (w/direction) Directive call to perform an immediate maximum performance 180-degree turn (or as directed) in the indicated direction. Assumes a defensive situation requiring infrared missile defense (IRMD).
Break Away Tanker or receiver call indicating immediate vertical and nose/tail separation between tanker and receiver is required.
Broke Lock Advisory call regarding loss of radar/IR lock-on.
Bruiser Friendly air launched antiship missile.
Buddy (Lase/guide) [A/S] Request or informative communications to have guidance of a weapon from a source other than delivering aircraft.
Buddy Lock Locked to a known friendly aircraft. Normally a response to a SPIKE or BUDDY SPIKE call.
Buddy Spike (position/altitude/heading) Friendly aircraft air-to-air (A/A) radar track indication on radar warning receiver (RWR).
Bugout (w/direction) Separation from that particular engagement/attack/operation; no intent to reengage/return.
Bugsy Non-Friendly unit/entity conducting terrorist or asymmetric warfare activities
Bulldog Friendly surface/submarine launched antiship missile.
Bullseye An established reference point from which the position of an object can be referenced.
Bullseye Check Request for confirmation of own ship position relative to Bullseye
Bump/Bump-up [A/S] A climb to acquire LOS to the target or laser designation.
Burn Informative call that gated laser illuminator (GLINT) is being used to provide illumination. Typically employed by AC-130 to illuminate surface points of interest.
Buster Directive call to fly at max continuous speed (Mil power).
Button Radio channel setting
Buzzer Electronic communications jamming.
Candygram Informative call to aircraft that electronic warfare (EW) targeting information is available on a pre-briefed secure net.
Canyon [N][EW] Use electronic jamming on radar frequency indicated or IAW previous orders.
Cap (location) Directive call to establish a combat air patrol at a specified point.
Capping (location) Descriptive term for aircraft in a CAP.
(target/object) Captured Aircrew has acquired and is able to track a specified air-to-ground (A/G) target with an on-board sensor.
Cav-ok ICAO term meaning no significant clouds below 5,000 feet, visibility at least 6 NM, no precipitation or storms
Cease (activity) Directive to discontinue stated activity (e.g., CEASE BUZZER and CEASE LASER)
Cease Engagement In air defense, break the engagement on the target specified. Missiles in flight will continue to intercept.
Cease Fire Discontinue firing/do not open fire. Complete intercept if weapons are in flight. Continue to track.
Cease Laser Aircraft-to-aircraft directive to stop firing laser. Opposite of LASER ON
Champagne A picture label describing three distinct groups with two in front and one behind. See Figure A1.4., Three-Group CHAMPAGNE. Figure A1.4. (U) Three-Group CHAMPAGNE.
Channel Stacked net within a Link-16 Network
Chattermark Begin using briefed radio procedures to counter communications jamming.
Cheap Shot AIM-120 missile data link terminated between high pulse repetition frequency (HPRF) and medium pulse repetition frequency (MPRF).
Check (number, left/right) Turn (number) degrees left or right and maintain new heading.
Check Fire/Firing** [S/S] Immediate pause of planned for current indirect fires
Check Print 1. [AIR-MAR] REquest by an air defense commander (ADC) for units to provide amplifying information on a specified track. 2. [AIR-MAR] Reply/informative call to ADC followed by positive track information using format specified in applicable OPTASK documen
Check TIDS Directive call to reference data link display.
Cherubs Altitude of friendly aircraft in hundreds of feet above ground level (AGL)
Chicks Friendly aircraft
Clam [EW] Cease emissions on specified equipment
Clean 1. (U) No sensor information on non-friendly aircraft of interest. 2. (U) No visible battle damage. 3. Aircraft not carrying external stores
Cleared Flight lead response. Requested action is authorized. Mutual support may be detached to fulfill briefed contracts (e.g., split criteria, shot doctrine). Wingmen will ensure deconfliction from flight lead.
Cleared Hot Ordnance release is authorized.
Cleared to Engage 1. (U) [A/S] J-TAC Type III control clearance. Attack aircraft flight leaders may initiate attacks within the parameters imposed by the JTAC. Attack platform will provide Attack complete call to JTAC, indicating completion of ordnance release. 2. (U) [A
Cloak Directive/informative call to switch from normal/overt external lighting to covert night vision device (NVD) only compatible lighting.
Closing Decreasing in separation.
Cold 1. (U) A descriptive/directive call to initiate a turn in the CAP away from the anticipated threats. 2. (U) Groups heading away from friendly aircraft. 3. (U) Attack geometry will result in a pass or roll out behind the target. 4. (U) Defined area is
Color (system, w/position) Request for information on a (type) system at stated location; implies a request for ambiguity resolution. May be used with improved data modem (IDM) data message—COLOR DATA.
Comeback (w/direction) Directive call to reverse course.
Comeoff (w/direction) 1. (U) (Air-to-Air) Directive call to maneuver as indicated to either regain mutual support or to deconflict flight paths. Implies both VISUAL and TALLY. 2. (U) (Air-to-Ground) Directive call to maneuver or execute a specific instruction (e.g., COMEOFF DRY
Commit Directive call to intercept a group of interest.
Confetti Chaff lane or corridor.
Cons/Conning Threat/bogey aircraft leaving contrails.
Contact 1. (U) Sensor contact at the stated position. 2. (U) Acknowledges sighting of a specified reference point. 3. (U) Individual radar return within a group or arm.
Contact Pod [A/S] Acknowledge sighting of a specified reference point with EO/IR sensor/
Container Inner group formation with four contacts oriented in a square or offset square. See Figure A1.5., CONTAINER Formation.
Continue Continue present maneuver; does not imply a change in clearance to engage or expend ordnance.
Continue Dry Ordnance release not authorized.
Cover Directive/informative call to assume a supporting position that will allow engagement of a specified track or threat to the flight if required.
Crank (w/direction) F-Pole maneuver; implies illuminating target at radar gimbal limits.
Criss Cross [N][EW] A position or track derived from the plotting of DF bearings.
Crossing [A/A] Two GROUPS initially separated in azimuth decreasing azimuth separation to pass each other.
Curve [N] [EW] Deception signal
Cutoff Request for, or directive to, intercept using cutoff geometry.
Cyclops Any unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
Danger Close [A/S],[S/S] Informative call that FRIENDLY Troops are withing close proximity if the target(determined by the weapon/munition delivered/fired) Note: Specific Danger Close distances, assumptions, and procedures are contained in JFIRE guide.
Dash Aircraft position within a flight. Use if specific call sign is unknown.
Data (object, w/position) Standby for data link message concerning object at stated location.
Deadeye Informative call by an airborne laser designator indicating the laser/IR system is inoperative.
Deep Descriptive term used to indicate separation between the nearest and farthest groups in range in a relative formation; used to describe a LADDER, VIC, CHAMPAGNE, or BOX.
Defensive Speaker is under attack, is maneuvering defensively, and is unable to ensure deconfliction or mutual support.
Defending (w/direction) Aircraft is in a defensive position and maneuvering with reference to a surface-to-air threat.
Delouse Directive call to detect, identify, and engage (if required) unknown aircraft trailing friendly aircraft.
Deploy Directive call for the flight to maneuver to briefed positioning.
Details Request for modified J-FIRE 9-Line Brief from Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS).
Diamonds(w/position) A surface IR event location.
Dirt RWR indication of surface threat in search mode.
Dirty Link is not encrypted
Divert Proceed to alternate mission/base.
Dog Air-towed decoy
(system)Down(location/direction) [EW] Referenced emitter has stopped radiating at the stated location or along the stated bearing Note: DOWN does not mean destroyed.
Drag(w/cardinal direction) Target stabilized at 0 to 60 degrees angle from tail or 120- to 180-degree angle from nose.
Drop 1. (U) Directive/informative call to stop monitoring a specific emitter/target and resume search responsibility. 2. (U) Remove the emitter/target from the tactical picture/track stores. 3. (U) Directive call to remove a specific system or EOB category from
Dropping Informative call that a fighter has discontinued targeting responsibility.
Duck Air launched decoy (e.g., TALD/MALD).
Duffer [EW] DF-equipped unit
Echelon (w/sub-cardinal direction) A fill-in describing a RANGE or AZIMUTH presentation, with one group displaced behind and to the side of the other group. See Figure A1.6., ECHELON Fill-Ins.
Echo Positive SEESAW/System M/Mode X reply.
Empty No emitters of interest detected.
Engage A fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapons systems to fire on a designated target.
Engaged Informative call used to establish engaged and support roles in the visual arena.
Established Information call made when reaching assigned procedural deconfliction measure
Estimate Provide estimate of the size, range, height, or other parameters of a specified contact; implies degradation.
Extend (w/direction) Short-term maneuver to gain energy, distance, or separation normally with the intent of reengaging.
Eyeball 1. (U) Electro-optical (EO)/IR/night vision device (NVD) acquisition of an aircraft normally followed by number of aircraft observed. 2. (U) Fighter with primary visual identification responsibility.
Eyeball Narrow [A/A] EO/IR contacts are too close for resolution via radar.
Faded Radar contact (temporally) is lost on a non-friendly aircraft/surface contact and any positional information given is estimated.
Fast Target speed is estimated to be 600 to 900 knots ground speed/Mach 1 to 1.5.
Father Shipboard tactical air navigation (TACAN) station.
Feeler [N][EW] Shipborne electronic reconnaissance activity or aircraft.
Feet wet/dry Flying over water/land.
Fence (IN/OUT) Set cockpit switches as appropriate prior to entering/exiting the combat area.
Ferret [N][EW] Airborne electronic reconnaissance activity or aircraft.
Fill in (group) Request for all available fill-ins on a specific group/arm/contact
Flank (w/direction) Contact aspect stabilized at 120- to 150-degree angle from the tail or 30- to 60-degree angle from nose.
Flare Directive to deploy flares.
Flash Temporarily activate specified system for identification purposes (e.g., IFF, afterburner, flare, or chaff).
Flashlight Directive term for helicopter to turn on IR floodlight (pointed at ground to aid in visual acquisition by escort aircraft).
Flavor Visually identified nationality of a contact
Float Directive or informative call to expand the formation laterally within visual limits to maintain radar contact or prepare for a defensive response.
Flow Directive call to fly stated heading.
Fox A/A weapons employment.
Fox1 Simulated or actual launch of semiactive radar-guided missile.
Fox Mike VHF/FM radio.
Fox 2 Simulated or actual launch of IR-guided missile.
Fox 3/Second Fox 3 Simulated or actual launch of active radar-guided missiles on the same target.
Fox 3 Close/Meduim/Long See paragraph 10.2.3., Shot/Kill Communications Brevity.
Fox 3 (X)Ship (formation/description) Valid missile shot against (x) separate targets (assumes 1 missile per target).
Freeze Burn Directive call to AC-130 to freeze the GLINT position in the present location.
Friendly A positively identified friendly aircraft or ground position.
Furball Response to a DECLARE request indicating known bandits and friendlies in close proximity.
Gadget Radar or emitter equipment.
Gate Directive/informative call to fly as quickly as possible, using afterburner/max power.
Genie Emitter is employing electronic protection measures.
Gimbal Call indicating radar target is approaching azimuth or elevation limits, speaker is approaching formation limits, and SPLIT criteria are not met. Implies a request to flight lead to modify intercept geometry, or direct PRESS/SPLIT/DROP.
Gingerbread Voice imitative deception is suspected on this net.
Go Active Go to briefed HAVE QUICK net.
Go Broadcast Request or directive call to switch to broadcast channel
Go Clear Use unencrypted voice communications.
Go Secure Use encrypted voice communications.
Go Tactical [A/A] Request or directive call to switch to tactical control
Goggle/Degoggle Directive call to put on/take off NVDs.
Goggles On/Goggles Off Informative call that NVDs are on/off.
Goodwill Informative call indicating the boundary of an active friendly MEZ.
Gopher A bogey that has not conformed to safe passage routing, airspeed, or altitude procedures. Will only be used when safe passage or minimum risk routing procedures are part of an ID matrix
Gorilla Large force of indeterminable numbers and formation.
Grand Slam All hostile aircraft of a designated track (or against which a mission was tasked) are shot down.
Green Direction determined to be clearest of enemy A/A activity.
Greyhound Friendly ground attack cruise missile.
Group Aircraft within 3 NM in azimuth or range.
Guns An air-to-air or air-to-surface gunshot.
Handshake Link-16 air control NPG initiation between air control unit and controlled aircraft.
Hard (w/direction) High-G, energy sustaining 180-degree turn (or as directed) in the indicated direction.
Headbutt Directive term to fighters/interceptors to immediately divert a track of interest clear of a restricted or prohibited area. Also referred to as INTERVENE.
Heads Up Alert of an activity of interest.
Heavy A group or package known to contain three or more entities.
High Target is between 25,000 and 40,000 feet MSL.
Hits 1. (U) (Air-to-Air) Momentary radar returns in search. 2. (U) Indicates approximate target altitude (e.g., "GROUP BULLSEYE 360/10, HITS 15 THOUSAND"). 3. (U) (Air-to-Ground) Weapons impact within lethal distance.
Hold Down Directive call to key transmitter for direction finder (DF) steer.
Hold Fire An emergency fire control order to stop firing on a designated target to include destruction of any missiles in flight.
Holding Hands Aircraft in visual formation. (U) HOLLOW—Data link message not received.
Hollow 1. (U) Any data link message not received. 2. (U) Lost full motion video signal and/or data to ROVER
Homeplate Home airfield or carrier.
Hook (w/direction) Directive call to perform an in-place 180-degree turn.
Hooter Friendly jammer
Hostile A contact identified as an enemy upon which clearance to fire is authorized IAW the theater rules of engagement (ROE).
Hot 1. (U) A descriptive/directive call to initiate a turn in the CAP toward the anticipated threats. 2. (U) Groups heading towards friendly aircraft. Opposite of COLD. 3. (U) Ordnance employment intended or completed. 4. (U) Defined area is expected to receiv
HotDog Informative/directive call that an aircraft is approaching or 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.) Fo
Houndog [N][A/A] Call made by a free fighter indicating the free fighter is in a position to employ weapons.
Hotel Fox HF radio
Husky Informative call that the AIM-120 is at HPRF active range.
ID Directive call to identify the target; also aircrew identification accomplished, followed by type aircraft or "FRIENDLY/HOSTILE."
ID (tail/type/nationality) [AD] Directive call to identify the target/TOI. Also, aircrew identification is accomplished following amplifying information.
Idle Joint STARS call indicating surface vehicles are stationary.
In 1. (U) Informative call indicating a turn toward a known threat. Implies a request for information. 2. (U) Entering terminal phase of an air-to-ground attack. Opposite of OFF.
In Place (w/direction) Perform indicated maneuver simultaneously.
India Mode 4
Inspect [AD] Establish visual contact with cockpit of TOI (implies closure inside 500 feet.) Attempt communications and report all observations of activity.
Interrogate Interrogate the designated contact of the identification, friend or foe (IFF)/selective identification feature (SIF) mode indicated.
Intervene [A/A] Immediately divert a track of interest clear of a restricted or prohibited area.
In The Dark Contact is in a known radar blind zone
Intruder An individual, unit, or weapon system in or near an operational or exercise area, which represents the threat of intelligence gathering or disruptive activity.
Investigate Verify specified elements of ROE, PID, CDE, and/ or coordination of forces on the references target/track.
Jackal Surveillance network participating group (NPG) of LINK-16/TADIL-J.
Jammer Non-friendly jammer
Jello Inverse synthetic aperture radar (SAR).
Jink Directive call to perform an unpredictable maneuver to negate a gun tracking solution.
Joker Fuel state above BINGO at which separation/bugout/event termination should begin.
Judy Aircrew has radar or visual contact on the correct target, has taken control of the intercept, and requires only situation awareness (SA) information; weapon director (WD) will minimize radio transmissions.
Kick (appropriate frequency) Change radio or data link to a specified net or frequency.
Kellogg JREAP B. Full duplex synchronous or asynchronous point to point data link that can use any point-to-point media
Kill 1. (U) Directive call to fire on designated target. 2. (U) In training, a fighter call to indicate kill criteria have been fulfilled.
Knock-It-Off Directive call to cease air combat maneuvers/attacks/activities.
Ladder A picture label describing three or more groups separated in range from a god's eye view. See Figure A1.7., LADDER Pictures.
Lame Duck An aircraft in a minor state of emergency
Laser Platform is able to laser target designate
Laser On Directive call to start laser designation.
Lasing Informative call indicating that the speaker is firing the laser.
Last Command and control C2) term that provides the last contact altitude from a high fidelity source (fighter radar).
Lead Trail Inner-group formation of two or more contacts separated in range. See Figure A1.8., LEAD-TRAIL Formation.
Leakers Airborne threat has passed through a defensive layer. Call should include amplifying information.
Lean (direction) Directive/informative call to maneuver in a direction to avoid the threat.
Level [A/A] Inter-flight informative call that contact is coaltitude
Lightbuld Directive call for flight to turn all position lights to bright.
Lights On/Off Directive to turn on/off exterior lights.
Line Abreast Inner group formation of two or more contacts separated in azimuth. See Figure A1.9., LINE ABREAST Formation.
Liner [N] Fly at speed giving maximum cruising range
Locked 1. (U) (w/position)—Radar lock-on; correct targeting is not assumed. 2. (U) (w/group name)—Radar lock-on; sort is not assumed.
Long Rifle [A/S] Friendly, long-range air-to-surface missile launch (e.g., AGM-130 and SLAM-ER)
Looking Aircrew does not have the ground object, reference point, target in sight (opposite of CONTACT)
Lost Contact 1. (U) Previous contact lost; provide target information 2. (U) Sensor information on friendly contact is lost.
Low Target altitude is below 10,000 feet MSL.
Lowdown A request to provide tactical ground information pertinent to the mission in a digital bullseye format.
Maddog Visual AIM-120 launch.
Magnum(system/location) Launch of friendly antiradiation missile (ARM).
Maneuver (Azimuth/range/altitude) Informative call that said group is maneuvering in azimuth, range, and/or altitude
Manfred [EW] I am unable to operate (radar or emitter indicated) for reasons of national security.
Mapping Multi-function radar in an A/G mode.
Mark 1. (U) Used when aircraft passes over pick up zone (PZ)/landing zone (LZ)/team. 2. (U) Directive term to record the location of a ground point of interest.
Marking Friendly aircraft leaving contrails.
Markpoint Data link non-designated geographic point of interest.
Marshal(ing) Establish(ed) at a specific point. (U) MEDIUM—Target altitude between 10,000 and 25,000 feet MSL.
Match Sparkle Overlay IR point
Medium Target altitude between 10,000 and 40,000 feet MSL
Meld [A/A] Bias radar coverage IAW briefed parameters
Merge Informative call that friendlies and targets have arrived in the same visual arena. Call indicating radar returns have come together.
Mickey HAVE QUICK time-of-day (TOD) signal.
Midnight Informative call advising that C2 radar functions are unavailable due to degradation. Advisory information is still available. Opposite of SUNRISE.
Minimize The radio frequency is becoming saturated, degraded, or jammed and briefer transmissions must follow.
Miller Time 1. (U) Informative call indicating completion of air-to-ground ordnance delivery. Generally used by the last striker in conjunction with a pre-coordinated egress plan. 2. (U) Indicates survivors are aboard recovery vehicle (combat search and rescue [CSAR]
Monitor(ing) Maintain radar awareness on specified group.
Mother Parent ship.
Move Burn (bearing) Move EO/IR illumintion in specified direction NOTE: Do not use LEFT/RIGHT for moving a BURN
Mover(s) Unidentified surface vehicles in motion.
Mud (type w/direction) Indicates radar warning receiver (RWR) ground threat displayed with no launch identification.
Multiple [N][EW] there are number of stations on the same frequency.
Music Electronic radar jamming (on air intercept [AI] radar, electronic deception jamming).
Nails (w/direction) RWR indication of AI radar in search.
Naked No RWR indications.
Near-Far Fighter term depicting a radar-apparent description of two or more contacts within a group separated in range.
Negative Contact Sensor information on a friendly aircraft is lost. (Termination of contact plotting is not warranted.)
Negative Laser [A/S] Aircraft has not acquired laser energy
New Picture Used by controller or aircrew when tactical picture has changed. Supersedes all previous calls and re-establishes picture for all players.
Neutral A positively identified aircraft, ship, or ground position whose characteristics, behavior, origin or nationality indicated that is neither supporting nor opposing FRIENDLY forces
Nimbus JREAP C. Transmission control protocol (TCP) or user datagram protocol (UDP/Internet protocols (IP) data link that transmits on local area networks (LAN) or wide area networks (WAN).
No FActor Not a threat.
No Joy Aircrew does not have visual contact with the target/BANDIT/BOGEY/landmark; opposite of TALLY.
Notch(ing) (w/direction) Directive (informative) for an all-aspect missile defensive maneuver to place threat radar/missile near the beam.
Notch Range (NR) The range at which a spiked fighter will notch in order to be established prior to threat F-Pole with a pre-detemined buffer. The buffer allows for two things: 1. the spiked fighter will be established in the notch with range to survive; and 2.) the fli
Occupied Ground equipment present at tasked target location. Opposite of VACANT.
Off (w/direction) Informative call indicating attack is terminated and maneuvering to the indicated direction.
Offset (w/direction) Informative call indicating maneuver in a specified direction with reference to the target.
(system) Okay System indicated is fully operational (cancels BENT)
Orbit(ing) Directive/descriptive call to hold on current or indicated position
On Station Informative call that unit/aircraft has reached assigned station.
Opening Increasing in range.
Out (w/direction) Informative call indicating a turn to a cold aspect relative to the known threat.
Outlaw Informative call that a bogey has met point of origin criteria.
Package Geographically isolated collection of GROUPS.
Pacman [N] Fighters have found the end of the threat formation and are converting; given in range and bearing from bullseye(e.g."Frenchy 1 is Pacman 290/5")
Padlocked Informative call indicating aircrew cannot take eyes off an aircraft or ground target without risk of losing tally/visual.
Paint(s) jAn interrogated group/radar contact that is responding with any of the specified IFF/SIF modes and correct codes established for the identification criteria.
Pan(left/right/up/down) Move the sensor in the indicated direction relative to the current image
Parrot IFF/SIF transponder.
Passing Descriptive term for when two GROUPS initially separated in range decrease range and pass each other.
Pedro [N] Rescue helicopter
Peepshow Perform non-traditional ISR on the referenced track/target.
Picture A request to provide air information pertinent to the mission in a digital bullseye format.
Pigeons Magnetic bearing and range to HOMEPLATE. (U) PIGS—Friendly glide weapon (e.g., JSOW).
Pigs Away(launch location in bullseye format and weapons track direction) Friendly glide weapon (i.e., JSOW)
Pillow [EW] Pulse repetition interval
Pince Threat maneuvering for a bracket attack.
Pinnacle [N][EW] An emission believed to originate from a platform assumed to be FRIENDLY.
Pitbull Informative call that the AIM-120 is at MPRF active range.
Pitch/Pitchback(LEFT/RIGHT) Directive call for fighter or flight to execute a nose-high heading reversal.
Playmate Cooperating aircraft.
Playtime Amount of time aircraft can remain on station.
Pocket Directive call to input coordinates/elevation into desired steerpoint
(freq) POGO (freq) Switch to communication channel number preceding POGO. If unable to establish communications, switch to channel number following POGO. If no channel number follows POGO, return to this channel.
Point Link point/track of interest; can be associated with directive call
Drop Point Data link target sorting message is no longer needed/desired
Hold Point Maintain PDT on the current track to maintain the data link target sorting message.
Target Point Target the referenced data link target sorting message.
Pond [N][EW] Cerry out jamming plan indicated or IAW previous orders.
Polar Bear [N] FRIENDLY aircraft has VISUAL/CONTACT on FRIENDLY package and is joining.
Pop 1. (U) Starting climb for A/S attack. 2. (U) Max performance climb out of low-altitude structure.
Popcorn Helicopter departing the landing zone(LZ). Usually followed by number of recovered personnel (e.g.,"STING 1, POPCORN,PLUS2")
Popeye Flying in clouds or area of reduced visibility.
Pop-up Informative call of a group that has suddenly appeared inside of meld/No New Picture/briefed range.
Posthole Rapid descending spiral
Posit Request for friendly position; response in terms of a geographic landmark or off a common reference point.
PRESS Directive call to continue the attack; mutual support will be maintained. Supportive role will be assumed by the speaker.
PRINT (type) Unambiguous non-cooperative target recognition (NCTR) reply.
PULSE Informative/directive call used to illuminate an enemy position with flashing IR energy.
PUMP A briefed maneuver to low aspect to stop closure on the threat or geographical boundary with the intent to reengage. Will be used to initiate a Grinder tactic.
PURE Informative call indicating pure pursuit is being used or directive to go pure pursuit.
PUSH (channel/frequency) Go to designated frequency; no acknowledgment required.
PUSHING Departing designated point.
QUAIL Enemy air/surface launched cruise missile.
RACKET [EW] Intercepted electronic emission that has been assigned to a number of the track block
RANGE A picture label describing two groups separated in distance along the same bearing. See Figure A1.10., Two Groups RANGE. Figure A1.10. (U) Two Groups RANGE.
RAYGUN (position/heading/altitude) Indicating a radar lock on to unknown aircraft. A request for a BUDDY SPIKE reply from friendly aircraft meeting these parameters.
RED LIGHT (position/heading/altitude) Time when search and rescue (SAR) aircraft is no longer SAR capable.
REFERENCE (direction) Directive to assume stated heading
RENEGADE A civil platform that is assessed as operating is such a manner as to raise suspicion that is might be used as a weapon to perpetrate a terrorist attack.
RENT [EW] Report of characteristics of an intercepted signal.
REPEAT 1. (U) [S/S] (during adjustment) Fire again using the same fire method. 2. (U) [S/S] (during fire for effect) Fire the same number of rounds using the same method of fire.
REPORTED (information) Information provided is derived from an off-board source.
RESET Proceed to a pre-briefed position or area of operation (AO).
RESTAKE Request for Joint STARS to drive a new STAKE at the target centroid reported with direction of travel and elevation. Initiated by aircrew.
RESUME Resume last formation/route/mission ordered.
RETROGRADE(ING) Directive/informative call to/from HVAA to withdraw from station in response to a threat, continue mission as able, may RESET if threat is negated.
RIDER A bogey that is conforming to safe passage routing, airspeed, or altitude procedures.
RIFLE Friendly air-to-surface missile launch
RIPPLE Two of more munitions released or fired in close succession.
ROBBER A surface vessel that is identified as an enemy IAW theater ID criteria. The term does not necessarily imply clearance to engage.
ROGER Indicates aircrew understands the radio transmission; does not indicate compliance or reaction.
ROLEX (+/-time)—Time line adjustment in minutes always referenced from original preplanned mission execution time. Plus means later; minus means earlier.
ROPE Circling an IR pointer around an aircraft to help the aircraft identify the friendly ground position.
ROTATOR Joint STARS moving target indicator (MTI) return that signifies a high probability of a rotating antenna.
ROVER Platform is video downlink capable.
RUMBA Radar has detected jamming but has not resolved the type.
SADDLE Informative call from wingman or element indicating the return to briefed formation position.
SAM (w/direction) Visual acquisition of a SAM in flight or a SAM launch, should include position and type if known.
SAME Informative reply indicating that the aircrew has the identical information as is was just stated.
SAMWICHED A situation where an aircraft or element finds themselves between opposing aircraft or elements.
SAUNTER Fly at best endurance.
SCAN [N] Search sector indicated and report any contacts.
SCHLEM Simulated high off boresight IR missile launch. Not assessable for simulated kill/kill removal.
SCRAM (direction) Directive/informative call to egress for defensive or survival reasons; no further HVAA mission support is expected..
SCRAMBLE Takeoff as quickly as possible.
SCRUB A low, slow airborne target.
SCUD Any threat theater ballistic missile (TBM).
SEARCH [AD] Perform radar search of indicated position.
SECTOR (reference w/direction) [A/S] Directive call indicating assignment of holding airspace. Cell must include the reference (geographic point or steerpoint) and direction off of that reference to hold.
SEPARATE Leaving a specific engagement; may or may not reenter.
SEPARATION Request for separation between two GROUPs. Response will include the follow-on GROUP's separation, altitude, and fill-ins.
SET 1. (U) A directive to set(or have set) a particular speed. May be in knots/indicated or in Mach. 2. (U) No longer slewing sensor and awaiting further updates.
SHACKLE One weave, a single crossing of flight paths; maneuver to adjust or regain formation parameters.
SHADOW Follow indicated target.
SHEPARD (contact/group) [A/A] Informative call that described entity has a valid reduced Pk (e.g, nominal or EA) AIM-120 inbound and shooter cannot employ a second shot.
SHIFT(direction) Directive call to shift laser illumination.
SHOOTER Aircraft designated to employ ordnance
SHOPPING An aircraft request to Joint STARS for a target.
SHORT SKATE Informative or directive call to execute launch-and-leave tactics and be out no later than minimum abort range (MAR)/decision range (DR).
SHOT [S/S] Rounds have been fired
SHOTGUN Pre-briefed weapons state at which separation/bugout should begin.
(system) SICK System indicated is degraded/partially operative.
SIDE-SIDE Fighter term depicting a radar-apparent description of two or more contacts within a group separated in azimuth.
(system) SILENT System will be unavailable for time indicated.
SINGER (type w/direction) Informative call of RWR indication of surface-to-air missile launch.
SKATE Informative or directive call to execute launch-and-leave tactics and be out no later than desired out range (DOR)/minimum out range (MOR).
SKINNY Current survivor coordinates.
SKIP IT Veto of fighter commit call, usually followed with further directions.
SKOSH Aircraft is out of or unable to employ active radar missiles.
SKUNK A radar or visual maritime surface contact whose identity is unknown.
SLAPSHOT (type, bearing) Directive call for an aircraft to immediately employ a best-available HARM against a specified threat at the specified bearing.
SLICE/SLICEBACK (LEFT/RIGHT) Directive call to perform a high-G descending turn in the stated direction, usually 180-degree turn.
SLIDE Directive/informative call to/from high value airborne asset (HVAA) to continue present mission while flowing from station in response to perceived threat; implies intent to RESET.
SLIP(ING) Time delay to individual flight/element event. Slip time will always be referenced from original execution time.
SLOPE [EW] Pulse repetition frequency
SLOW Target with ground speed of less than 300 knots.
SMACK [A/S][A/A] Clearance to employ ordnance/fires on surface target coordinates. ROE,PID,CDE, coordination of forces, and commander's guidance requirements on the referenced target/track have been satisfied and coordinate accuracy is sufficient for coordinate
SMASH(ON/OFF) Directive call to turn on/off anti-collision lights
SMOKE Smoke marker used to mark a position.
SNAKE Directive call to oscillate an IR pointer about a target.
SNAP Fighter request for immediate BRAA call (with appropriate fill-ins) to the group described. Indicates fighter intent to intercept/join.
SNAPLOCK Indicates fighter has obtained a radar contact inside pre-briefed threat range with beam, flank, or head aspect.
SNEAKER [EW] An intelligence gathering vessel.
SNIFF Passive sensor indication of a stated radar emitter.
SNIPER Directive call for an aircraft to employ a range-known HARM against a specified threat at the specified location.
SNOOZE Directive or informative call indicating initiation of emission control (EMCON) procedures
SORT Directive call to assign responsibility within a GROUP; criteria can be met visually, electronically (radar), or both.
SORTED SORT responsibility within a group has been met.
SOUR Invalid/no response to an administrative IFF/SIF check. Opposite of SWEET. 2. (Timber) Indicates there are potential problems with net entry and initiates pre-mission link troubleshooting. 3. (Nato) Equipment indicated is not operating efficiently.
SPADES An interrogated group/radar contact which lacks all of the ATO (or equivalent) IFF/SIF modes and codes required for the identification criteria.
SPARKLE Target marking by IR pointer or by gunship/forward air control-airborne (FAC[A]) using incendiary rounds.
SPIKE (w/direction) RWR indication of an AI threat in track or launch.
SPIN Directive or informative call to execute a timing/spacing maneuver.
SPITTER (w/direction) An aircraft that has departed from the engagement or is departing the engaged fighter's targeting responsibility.
SPLASH 1. (U) (Air-to-Air) Target destroyed. 2. (U) (Air-to-Surface) Weapons impact.
SPLIT An informative/directive call that a flight member is leaving formation to pursue a separate attack; visual may not be maintained.
SPOOFER [EW] An entity employing electronic or tactical deception measures.
SPOOFING Informative call that voice deception is being employed.
SPOT Acquisition of laser designation.
SQUAWK Operate IFF/SIF as indicated or IFF/SIF is operating as indicated.
SQUAWKING An informative call denoting a bogey is responding with an SIF mode or code other than prescribed by the ATO/identification criteria.
STACK Two or more contacts or formations with an altitude separation in relation to each other and azimuth/range separation less than or equal to 3 NM.
STAKE Joint STARS reference point for air-to-ground targeting operations.
STANDBY 1. (U) More information is coming 2. (U) [A/A] Eyeball fighter is preparing to call VID of target aircraft. No radio transmissions should be made until either ID is made or the eyeball fighter calls "UNABLE VID"
STARE Directive call to cue the targeting pod and enable the laser spot search (LSS) function in relation to the specified reference point. Reference point may include the following: INS steerpoint, GEOREF, bearing and range, TAD link, or laser mark.
STATUS 1. (U) Request for an individual's tactical situation. 2. (U) (Group name) Request for a full positional update in digital bullseye format on the specified group.
STEADY Directive call to stop oscillation of IR pointer.
STERN Request for or directive to intercept using stern geometry.
STINGER Three-ship inner group formation with two lead contacts line abreast and the single in trail. See Figure A1.11., STINGER Formation. Figure A1.11. (U) STINGER Formation.
STOP Stop IR illumination of a target
STOP BURN [A/S] Directive call to stop IR/EO illumination of a target.
STRANGER Unidentified traffic that is not a participant with the action in progress.
STRANGLER (system) Turn off equipment indicated.
STRENGTH [A/A] Numerical strength of a TRACK/GROUP
STRIPPED Informative call that aircraft is out of briefed formation.
STROBE (w/bearing) Radar indications of noise jamming.
SUNRISE Informative call that C2 radar functions are available. Opposite of MIDNIGHT.
SUNSHINE Directive or informative call indicating illumination of target is being conducted with artificial illumination.
SUPER Speed 600 knots ground speed or Mach 1.0 or greater
SUPPORTING Speaking unit or element is assuming a supporting role, is in a position to influence the outcome, and assumes deconfliction responsibility.
SWEET Valid response to an administrative IFF/SIF check request. Opposite of SOUR 2. (link name)(Timber Sweet) Valid response to an administrative IFF/SIF check request 3. Equipment indicated is operating efficiently.
SWEPT (w/sub-cardinal direction) [A/A] Inner GROUP formation with the trailer displaced approximately 45 degrees behind the leader.
SWITCH (item) 1.(U)Switch the setting on the regerenced item. 2.(U)(Camera)Switch full motion video to EO or IR 3.(U)(Polarity)Switch IR polarity to black hot or white hot.
SWITCHED Indicates an attacker is changing from one aircraft to another.
TAG (systems,w/location) Response to an emitter ambiguity resolution request (COLOR).
TALLY Sighting of a target, bandit, bogey, or enemy position. Opposite of NO JOY.
TARGET A directive call to assign group responsibility.
TARGETED Group responsibility has been met.
TEN SECONDS Directive to terminal controller to standby for LASER ON call in approximately 10 seconds.
TERMINATE 1. (U) Stop laser illumination of a target. 2. (U) In training, cease local engagement without affecting the overall exercise.
THREAT (w/direction) Untargeted HOSTILE/BANDIT/BOGEY is within pre-briefed range and/or aspect to a friendly.
THROTTLE(S) Reminder to set throttles appropriately considering the IR threat and desired energy state.
THUNDER Informative call 1 minute prior to air-to-surface weapons impact.
TIED Positive radar contact with element or aircraft
TIGER Enough fuel and ordnance to accept a commit.
TIMBER Air control NPG of LINK-16/TADIL-J.
TIMBER CHANNEL Stacked net within a Link-16 network
TIMECHECK Informative call to check/change IFF code
TOGGLE Execute a pre-briefed change of an avionics setting.
TOY HARM targeting system (HTS) pod.
TRACK (w/direction) Group/contact flight direction in eight cardinal directions.
(system) TRACKING Enemy air defense system is maintaining situational awareness on FRIENDLY
TRACK NUMBER (number) Data link information file
TRASHED Informative call missile has been defeated.
TRAVEL [N][EW] Change radar frequency.
TRESPASS (system,w/position) The addressed flight is entering the surface-to-air threat ring of a specific (system) at the stated location.
TUNBLEWEED Indicates limited SA, NO JOY, and BLIND. A request for information. (U) UNABLE—Cannot comply as requested or directed.
UNABLE Cannot comply as requested or directed
VACANT Ground equipment not present at tasked target location. Opposite of OCCUPIED.
VAMPIRE Hostile antiship missile launch.
VERY FAST Target speed greater than 900 knots ground speed/Mach 1.5.
VERY LOW Target altitude less than 1,000 feet above surface
VERY SLOW Target speed less than 150 knots ground speed.
VIC A picture label describing three groups with a single group closest in range and two trail groups, separated in azimuth from a god's eye view. See Figure A1.12., Three-Group VIC.
VISUAL Sighting of a friendly aircraft or ground position. Opposite of BLIND.
WALL A picture label describing three or more groups separated primarily in azimuth from a god 's eye view. See Figure A1.13., Four-Group WALL.
WARNING Hostile attack is: 1. (U) RED—Imminent or in progress. 2. (U) YELLOW—Probable 3. (U) WHITE—Improbable (all clear).
WEAPONS Fire only: 1. (U) FREE—At targets not identified as friendly IAW current ROE. 2. (U) TIGHT—At targets positively identified as hostile IAW current ROE. 3. (U) HOLD (USAF, USMC, USA)/SAFE (USN)—In self-defense or in response to a formal order.
WEDGE Three-ship inner-group formation with a single contact closest in range and two trail contacts line abreast. See Figure A1.14., WEDGE Formation.
WEIGHTED (cardinal direction) Descriptive term used for a multiple GROUP formation (WALL,LADDER,VIC,CHAMPAGNE)that is offset in one direction.
(system) WELL System indicated is fully operative.
WHAT LUCK Request for results of mission or tasks.
WHAT STATE Report amount of fuel and missiles. Ammunition and oxygen are reported only when specifically requested or critical. 1. (U) ACTIVE—Number of active radar missiles remaining. 2. (U) RADAR—Number of semiactive radar missiles remaining. 3. (U) HEAT—Numb
WIDE Descriptive term used to indicate the separation between the farthest GROUPS in azimuth in a relative formation used to describe a WALL, VIC, CHAMPAGNE, or BOX.
WILCO Will comply with received instructions.
WINCHESTER No ordnance remaining.
WINGS LEVEL Informative call from aircraft to FAC reporting rolled-out on final attack heading.
WOOFER [N][EW] Off-board active radar decoy.
WORDS Directive or interrogative call regarding further information or directive pertinent to the mission.
WORKING 1. (U) (system w/location) Platform gathering EOB on a designated emitter. 2. (U) Platform executing electronic identification (EID) on a specific aircraft/group to obtain identification necessary for beyond visual range (BVR) employment.
YARDSTICK Directive to use A/A TACAN for ranging.
ZAP Request for data link information.
ZIPLIP Limit transmissions to critical information only (see minimize)
ZOOM Increase/decrease the sensor's focal strength. NOTE: ZOOM IN/OUT is normally followed by "ONE, TWO, THREE, or FOUR" to indicate the number of FOV's to change.
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