Air Combat Maneuvering
Defensively, a rolling scissors, Figure 24, exploits an in-close horizontal and vertical overshoot and
forces the bandit out in front by reducing your forward vector.
Figure 24: ROLLING SCISSORS (DEFENSIVE)
You will set up with the bandit on a medium-angle perch. As the bandit attempts a BRA, execute a
slightly nose-low hard defensive counter turn into the bandit. Make the turn sufficiently strong to
prevent the bandit from pulling behind your 3/9 line. Maintain the turn until the bandit crosses on top
of your flight path. As he overshoots, commence a defensive pitchup by leveling your wings, keeping
17 units AOA, and pulling vertically to approximately 60 degrees nose-high. As your energy dissi-
pates, begin a roll-off in the direction of the bandits horizontal overshoot using aileron and rudder.
From this nose-high attitude, continue pulling aft as you adjust your rate of roll to keep your lift vector
on the bandit to create a horizontal overshoot. To prevent generating excess airspeed and increas-
ing down-range travel, avoid burying your nose when inverted at the top of the roller. From this
point, the roller is identical to that explained in the offensive section.