Air Land Integration (ALI) Cell Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC) have been conducting live training with Wildcat Helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron and dry training with fixed wing aircraft. The JTACs seen here are being tested in Close Air Support (CAS) and Danger Close scenario.
Danger Close Scenarios require the JTACS to establish their own location, whilst they also source enemy force locations, final attack angles, mitigating the chances of fratricide to friendly forces, best weapon to target match and a multitude of other factors to consider all in the shortest time frame possible while remaining safe.
Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Signallers from the ALI Cell are required to train to a high intensity to coordinate CAS in support of a Ground Force Element.
CAS is air action by aircraft against hostile targets that are near friendly forces and that require detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces.
ALI Cell personnel are ready to deploy on Operations anywhere in the World and are constantly training to remain current and competent.
The training was conducted with Wildcat Helicopters from 847 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Yeovilton, utilising there 7.62mm Door Gun on the Air Weapons Range.