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FIGHTER Combat Controller
(FCC) student FLTLT Robert Vine
said being involved in integrating
new capabilities and seeing them
work together was a highlight of
The six-month FCC course is
one of the most intense that Air
Battle Managers (ABMs) will face
during their training.
"It is a very challenging
course," FLTLT Vine said.
"But integrating new capabili-
ties such as Vigilare, Wedgetail
and Super Hornets has been extra
Previously, the ABMs only
had the ground-based Tactical Air
Defence Radars to work with; the
Wedgetail has provided them with
enhanced radar picture and com-
The FCC students worked
closely with the Fighter Combat
Instructor (FCI) and Fighter
Intelligence Instructor (FII) stu-
"It has been great to work with
some of the best operators from
the three different communities,"
FLTLT Vine said.
"Aces South tested the full
spectrum of our ABM skills, not
only in controlling airborne assets,
but also managing the different
alert states for aircraft on the
ground as well.
"Responding to warnings of
impending strikes by red air and
deciding what alert states to have
aircraft set is something we don't
get to exercise very often, so the
exercise was highly beneficial in
practising these skills and seeing it
play out in real-time."
The FCC students also worked
on one of their course projects
during Aces South, which was to
develop tactics and procedures for
Link 16 is a tactical data link
that is being fully integrated into
ADF platforms and is used to
exchange real-time tactical data.
"During Aces South we used
Link 16 to fuse the radar data from
Vigilare, Wedgetail and the Hornets
into a single air picture and dis-
seminate it to all players. Having a
high level of situational awareness
of the airspace picture allowed us
to make better decisions.
"It is not too often we get all of
our available aircraft airborne for a
single mission and in many cases
the number of enemy aircraft over-
whelmed the number of friendly
aircraft that we had to deal with
TEAMWORK: Fighter Combat
Controller students worked
closely with Fighter Combat
Instructors, who operated
Hornets during Aces South.
Photo: LACW Katharine Pearson
LEARNING CURVE: FLTLT Robert Vine (top) at his station with fellow Combat Controller students during Exercise Aces South. The idea is to present them
with challenging scenarios that aim to test the aircrews' understanding and execution of fighter tactics.
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
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