INTERCEPT PROCEDURES TEXTBOOK
UNIT 3: ASPECT AND CCCS
IP-7: TARGET ASPECT FORMULA AND COLLISION COURSE
The Importance of Target Aspect
To successfully control the intercept, careful attention must be paid to target aspect and
aspect angle. These angles are the key to successful forward quarter missile employment and
allowing the aircrew to arrive at the merge with an angular advantage to defeat the enemy with
basic fighter maneuvers.
Target Aspect Visualization
Target aspect is the angle by which the bogey sees the fighter
It is the angle formed by the intersection of the bogey's flight path and the magnetic bearing
line between both aircraft. Target aspect is always expressed in degrees with a direction.
Relationship of Fighter Heading to Target Aspect
During an intercept, the fighter must maneuver in space relative to the bogey to employ
weapons. Since the fighter must change heading to intercept the bogey, all angles of the
intercept associated with the fighter's heading are also subject to change. These angles include: