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CHAPTER SIX
SECTION LOW ALTITUDE TACTICS AND PROCEDURES
600. INTRODUCTION
Tactical strike aircraft are designed to be the proverbial "tip of the spear". The ability to put
ordnance on an enemy target anywhere in the world at any time is the primary "power
projection" mission of carrier aviation.
In a hostile environment, modern day strike tactics generally entail precision ordnance delivery
from a high altitude sanctuary. Technology provides strike aircraft with the capability for long-
range accuracy from high altitude. Often however, low altitude tactics and ordnance delivery are
required due to system degradations or tactical requirements such as "close air support" (CAS).
It is this type of scenario that we will train for in VT-86. This chapter presents the basic
principles and procedures for a low-level section ingress and coordinated target attack.
The purpose of the weapons portion of the advanced syllabus is to demonstrate the low altitude
tactical environment in a multi-plane scenario. The T-2C weapons flights consist of two section
low-levels and one division sortie.
Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced SNFO training provided the basic knowledge and skills
necessary for the successful planning and execution of low-level navigation missions. The T-2C
Weapons syllabus flights will advance these skills with the introduction and practice of section
procedures and coordinated tactical target attacks with simulated ordnance delivery. This
chapter furnishes additional information needed for conduct of the T-2C tactical low-level
flights. Emphasis during the Weapons phase will be on turnpoint procedures, target acquisition,
situational awareness, wind analysis/correction application, and crew coordination. As with any
syllabus flight, basic FAM procedures will be the bedrock of every successful event. The
student's proficiency in the operation of communication and navigation equipment will be
emphasized.
601. ENABLING OBJECTIVES
1.  Plan a low-level mission under visual meteorological conditions using recommended
procedures and FLIP to the accuracy of: fuel, + 100 lbs; time, + 6 sec.; course, + 2; and DD-175
(if required) with no errors.
2.  Arrive at route entry point during low-level flight evolution + 5 min. of scheduled entry
time.
3.
Execute standard turnpoint procedures during flight evolution without error.
4.  Make recommendations, working with your pilot, to intercept and track a planned course
during low-level flight utilizing a chart and visual reference to the ground to the accuracy of 1
NM and 12 seconds.
SECTION LOW ALTITUDE TACTICS AND PROCEDURES 6-1


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