INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
Outside 14nm, if after going to AH, the target drifts off CB by more than 1 degree,
reconvert with the appropriate cut.
Reconversions are usually hard as poss turns; however use the turn rate that is
appropriate for the situation.
Tactical Conversion Procedures
The objective of the conversion is to convert the existing intercept geometry to maximize a
tactical advantage and successfully employ weapons. Rather than depend on memorized charts
and numbers particular to very structured circumstances, students are encouraged to think and
invent/refine their own game plans. At the start of each run, the instructor will specify a TA or
LS as the objective. The student will then attempt to achieve that goal by applying their
individual gameplan to the setup conditions. If the stated goal is not attainable, the student will
continue to strive to get as close as possible to the goal and still execute a successful
attack/reattack on the correct timeline.
This portion of the text will discuss the effects of various cuts on target aspect and lateral
displacement. Students must use this information while developing their own game plans for
executing a successful tactical intercept.
While steady on a 0º cut, lateral separation remains constant and target aspect increases. The
fighter is paralleling the bogey flight path. As range halves, the degrees off collision bearing will
With 180 DTG, the cut and CB are both equal to zero. While established on a 0º cut, TA will
double in half the range (by 15 nm assuming a 30 nm set-up.)
30,000 feet of Lateral Separation
10º TA . . . . . . . . . . . 30 nm
20º TA . . . . . . . . . . . 15 nm
Target aspect will remain constant and LS will decrease while established on collision
course. As range halves, lateral separation is reduced by half.
15o Target Aspect on Collision
15º TA @ 30 nm . . . . 45,000 feet of Lateral Separation
15º TA @ 15 nm . . . . 22,500 feet of Lateral Separation