INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
A small correction at the beginning of the CT is as effective as a large correction at the
end. This illustrates the importance of early, aggressive corrections.
If a lost contact occurs in the rear quarter, do not split the difference between the bearing call
and the estimated bogey heading. If the estimate is wrong, the fighter could fly away from the
bogey's flight path. Keep the bogey bearing within 20 of the nose using hard turns or less until
regaining radar contact.
Situation Analysis as Applied to Unknown Intercepts
Once GCI transitions to BRA, magnetic bearing calls may be in error but the weapons officer
can safely assume that drift trends are correct. If the GCI calls have constant bearing and
decreasing range, then the bogey is on collision. Therefore, if the bogey appears on the radar
scope at a different angle off than GCI indicates and no drift was called, then assume that the
bogey is on collision bearing wherever he shows up. Then, simply determine the cut by doubling
the angle off.
Unknown Procedures Chart
It will be easy to utilize the chart and perform unknown intercepts flawlessly. But it is also
important to understand the fundamentals behind a particular kind of intercept and why the
"gouge" works. This understanding is essential to becoming a successful weapons officer in an