JTACs (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) are the leading experts in cooperation in the various brigades. Today, around 20 new JTACs joined the IAF following an intensive course in which they learned about the abilities, constraints and preparedness of the IAF. “You are the ones who make theoretical requests operational actions”

Zohar Boneh

JTAC (Joint Terminal Attack Controller) course that aims to improve the cooperation between the IAF and ground forces was completed today. For about two weeks, reserve officers from the IAF and ground forces became acquainted with each other, learned about the abilities, challenges and advantages of each one and did everything they could in order to manage a combined battle to the best of their ability.

“In order to assist ground forces, there is a series of actions that need to be conducted and many people that need to be involved”, said Col. Oren, Commander of the Cooperation Unit. “You are the ones who make theoretical requests operational actions and you are the ones that will make sure that we cooperate optimally in the next war”.

The course, which was held for the seventh time, was one of the largest ever held and included about 20 participants, including six IAF personnel. The remaining participants were artillery and infantry officers, four of whom are expected to be integrated in the new Commando Brigade.

Between Earth and Sky

Photography: Celia Garion

Blue & Green
Although all of the participants have seen IAF aircraft and cooperated with aerial forces in the past, throughout the course, it felt different, they stated. They knew that next time they will face an emergency situation, they won’t be in the field, but in the command post, so they have to have a deep understanding of aerial operations in order to manage the mission properly from afar.

JTACs are the connecting link between the ground brigades and the air force. They are experts in aerial and ground operation and recommend modes of action in accordance with the available force and operational scenario. In practice, when a problem is communicated from the field, it is up to the JTAC to decide if the problem can be solved by an aircraft.

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Photography: Celia Garion

Building Bridges
Throughout the course they met different people from every IAF division, met with experts in their fields and learned about the technological means that dominate the battle in the air and on the ground. In addition, they participated in a joint exercise with the “Desert Birds” Squadron, which operates the “Yanshuf” (Blackhawk) Helicopters and rehearsed landing the helicopters in the field.

“The officers that participate in the course are people who have a deep understanding of the military and the battlefield”, shared Maj. Eyal, Commander of the Course. “These men used to serve in the IAF’s Operational HQ or as Company Commanders in the field and each one of them knows what the battle looks like from his point of view”.

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Photography: Kiril Gaibronsky

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