Forward Air Controllers (FAC) - 4704

Forward Air Controllers (FAC) - 4704

Aim Of Course

Provide UK and NATO ground and airborne Forward Air Controllers (FACs) with the necessary skills required to successfully integrate Close Air Support into a dynamic battlespace.

Develop national FAC training capabilities and will train supervisory FAC's (SupFACs), Air Weapons Range Safety Officers (AWRSO), Air Signallers and Laser Target Marking Operators (LTMO) on behalf of the Joint Air Land Organisation (JALO).

Support UK and NATO FAC training in the assessment of FAC standards and will contribute to the development of UK and NATO CAS procedures.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students will be taught how to request, plan, brief, execute and report CAS operations both for Low Level and Medium/High Level operations. The student will have an introduction into night CAS techniques, Fire Support Co-ordination and Airspace Co-ordination. Students will have the opportunity to experience CAS operations from the rear seat of a JFACTSU Hawk Aircraft subject to Cat 2 Medicals. The syllabus also includes EW, SEAD, Air C3, attack profiles, aircraft CAS tactics, and weaponeering. On successful completion of the course the students will be qualified as a Certified and Qualified FAC.

International Entry Standards

SNCO or above, must be combat ready, minimum of a year experience.


8 weeks (International students will only be offered a 5 week course due to security restrictions)


8 per year


RAF Leeming


6.5 for speaking and listening

5.5 for reading and writing

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