Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Specialist (UAV)
ROLE OF THE ASOR UAV SPECIALIST (TACP-2)
- PROVIDE ISR
- Organise and Co-ordinate UAV Air Movement
- Request and Control UAV Maintenance
- Gather Intelligence, Conduct Surveillance and Reconnaissance
- Deconflict aircraft and fires from CAS sorties
- UAV Specialist needs to be aware of both ROTARY WING SOPs and FIXED WING SOPs
- MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
- Know the enemy situation, selected targets, and location of friendly units
- Locate targets of opportunity
- Deconflict aircraft movement in conjunction with X-Ray and Raven
- Be Prepared to Act as Primary TACP (In the event of KIA or WIA)
- ADVISE COMMAND
- Know the commander’s intent and applicable ROE
- Liaise with TACP-1 on UAV employment/Availability
- Advise the supported Commander on proper air employment
- Perform BDA (Battle Damage Assessment) after Drone strikes
- Intel Reports (Local Structural Integrity, Enemy Combatants, Terrain Layout)
The UAV Specialists primary role is to conduct ISR. Essentially, you need to maintain situational awareness of the airspace, including the operation of friendly aircraft, what air assets are available, and the threat to enemy air assets. You act as a secondary TACP, and will take Command of Air Traffic Control in the event of TACP-1 being WIA or KIA. UAV Operation during operations focuses on providing intelligence to Command, with emphasis on Liaising with the Primary TACP when conducting Intel Reports and Automated Drone Strikes.
Depending on the UAV Specialists Equipment, he needs to be in constant contact with either Command/Vandal on SR, or via LR with Vandal. The UAV Specialist would preferably have access to both the Long Range Command Net (80.1) and the Long Range Air Net (81.1), while conducting intel reports through Squad SR (101.1) or Command LR (80.1).
- Destroy Targets of Opportunity
Prioritise the safety of ASOR Operators when Operating UAV’s. If Operators are in direct threat, CMD recognises the UAV’s ability to intervene. Destroying any and all targets are applicable when: A) They are a Direct Threat To Friendly Forces. B) Friendly Forces will not be harmed during the conduct of the strike. Of course, notify CMD if doing so.
- ISR & Threat Analysis
Prioritise intel reports when Friendly forces are under threat. Threat includes direct/indirect contact with enemy forces.