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Close air support (CAS) is air action by fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft against hostile targets that are in close proximity to friendly forces and requires detailed integration of each air mission with the fire and movement of those forces.
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The Joint Terminal Attack Controller is the term used by military forces for a qualified service member who directs the action of combat aircraft engaged in close air support and other offensive air operations from a forward position.
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Now the military is using different types of modern technology in war. now let’s have a look at Digital added Close Air Support
US Marines Use Android Tablets To Call In Air Strikes
Marines from MAWTS-1 conducted and organized Digitally Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) fire missions
He is using Target Handoff System tablets at Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, California.
The exercises were conducted during Weapons and Tactics Instructors course 1-18.
WTI is a course that brings service members from all across the world to participate in training that teaches pilots, air crew and ground forces to work together to benefit the Marine Air Ground Task Force.
They can relay their position to artillery and aerial support using GPS location and indicate where their target is.
The tablet connects to a PRC-117G radio to use voice communication in conjunction with GPS.
“We were sending VMF messages to (F/A-18D’s) using THS and on the same tablet we had a 117G hooked in with an ANW2 network,” said Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Rogers, a joint tactical air controller with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1. “So we were able to track position/location information of multiple friendly positions while they moved”
Rogers said this helps the ground units by sending direct and accurate information to fire support.
This is the first time these systems have been integrated and fielded for a Marine Corps exercise.
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