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What does the radar intercept officer do?

What does the radar intercept officer do?

Duties include operating aircraft communications and radar equipment, such as establishing satellite linkages and jamming enemy communications capabilities; operating aircraft weapons and defensive systems; conducting preflight, in-flight, and postflight inspections of onboard equipment; and directing cargo and …

Is a radar intercept officer a pilot?

Radar Intercept Officer. An NFO. A US Navy commissioned officer assigned to non-pilot-in-control aerial duties such as weapons control, radar intercept, or electronic countermeasures.

What does the person in the back seat of an F-14 do?

The stick in the rear seat cannot fly the aircraft. It is like a mouse for the weapons system. It controls the cursor on the displays and can move the position of the radar and TCS (Television Camera System) and things like that.

How do I become a radar intercept officer?


  1. Completion of a current Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
  2. Completion of Officer Training School (OTS), Air Force Academy (AFA) or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
  3. Must have begun Undergraduate Combat Systems Officer Training (UCT) between the ages of 18 and 33.

What does second guy in F-14 do?

The F-4 and F-14 for example, the 2nd seater operated the radar because the pilot really couldn’t keep his head in the cockpit when engaging multiple enemy contacts or when the fight was close in.

Are Top Gun pilots Air Force or Navy?

TOPGUN is known to the fleet as the Navy Fighter Weapons School, where its mission statement is simple: win in combat. It was founded during the Vietnam War after naval aviators were sustaining high levels of casualties despite superior aircraft and weapons technology.

Does Tom Cruise actually fly in Top Gun 2?

While they might not have actually hit the throttle and handled the joysticks, Cruise did insist that they actually go up into the air, albeit as passengers, not pilots. Ergo, he put the ensemble of Top Gun candidates through an intensive training course in the run-up to production.

What is an F-14 Tomcat?

F-14s were made famous in the popular film “Top Gun” in 1986. Armed with a 20mm cannon and a formidable array of guided missiles, Tomcats were the carrier battlegroup’s first line of defense for more than 30 years. The health and safety of the USS Midway Museum guests, members, staff and volunteers remains our top priority.

Why was the Tomcat such a good fighter?

The threat was the USSR and the mission was being able to fend off the hordes of over the horizon bombers. As the times and technology changed, luckily the Tomcat was a pretty versatile multi-role fighter due to its adaptability and modularity.

What is the job of a Tomcat pilot?

In the Tomcat, the pilot’s job was to maneuver the jet to get into a position where he could give a “Cleared Hot” call. With multiple strikers inbound separated by time (normally 30 seconds to a minute), this could be a challenge.

What do you think about the AESA Tomcat?

The air-to-air mode is superior to anything I ever saw in the Tomcat, particularly in terms of user friendliness. The air to ground mode has superb resolution. The radar can in theory, run air-to-air and air-to-ground simultaneously. I like to think of the AESA as a snow plow that catches snow in the air while also moving it off the ground.