STRIKE (STK)

QUALIFICATION

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES

OBJECTIVE 1: Learn the proper Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs) for employing unguided air to ground munitions

OBJECTIVE 2: Learn the proper Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for employing guided air to ground munitions

OBJECTIVE 3: Learn how to operate and employ air to ground targeting tools such the targeting pod, JHMCS, and A/G Radar 

OBJECTIVE 4: Learn to fly and execute proper Strike Mission and Operations within VNAO F/A-18C Squadrons

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STRIKE SYLLABUS

1.  ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT​​

1.1.  General Ordnance Programing

1.2.  Unguided Ordnance Delivery

1.3.  LITENING/ATFLIR Targeting Pods

1.4.  JHMCS Targeting

1.5.  Guided Ordnance Delivery

2.  STRIKE OPERATIONS

2.1.  Strike Operations & Theory

2.2.  Attack Options

2.3.  Strike Formations

2.4.  Strike Planning & Considerations

A.  CHECKRIDE 4:  UNGUIDED ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT

3.A.  Ordnance Delivery Methods

3.B.  Ordnance Aiming & Targeting Methods

3.C.  Ordnance Quantity & Ripple Methods

B.  CHECKRIDE 5:  GUIDED ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT

4.1.  Preplanned (PP) GPS-Guided Delivery (GPS-Guided)

4.2.  Target of Opportunity (TOO) GPS-Guided Delivery

4.3.  Self-Designated Laser-Guided Delivery

4.4.  Buddy-Lased Laser-Guided Delivery

4.5.  Laser-Guided AGM-65E Delivery

4.6.  Infra-Red (IR)-Guided AGM-65F Delivery

C.  CHECKRIDE 6:  STRIKE MISSION OPERATIONS

5.1.  CASE I Departure Procedures

5.2.  AR Procedures

5.3.  Basic SEAD Operation

5.4.  Unguided Ordnance Delivery

5.5.  Surface to Air Threat Evasion & Maneuvering

5.6.  Low Level Navigation & Timing

5.7.  Precision-Guided Ordnance Delivery w/ Time On Target (TOT)

5.8.  CASE I Recovery Procedures

QUALIFICATION CHECKRIDES

CHECKRIDE 4: UNGUIDED ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT CHECKRIDE​​

LOCATION & DURATION                                                                      

Location:  Caucasus Map ("X" Practice Airfield)

Duration:  1 Hour

RECOMMENDED LOADOUT                                                                           

                                                                   STATIONS

     1               2               3               4               5               6               7               8               9

 AIM-9X     MK-82SE          MK-83      AIM-120C      CBU-99     AIM-120C    LAU-68        MK-82SE       AIM-9X

                         (X2)              (X2)                                   (X2)                                  (X2)                (X2) 

                

WAYPOINTS                                                                                                    Launch:        Kobuleti Airfield via VFR Daytime Recovery Rules

Waypoint 1:  X Practice Airfield

Recovery:     Kobuleti Airfield  via VFR Daytime Recovery Rules

PASS/FAIL CRITERIA                                                                                    

  • Successfully employ Gun into target area with CCIP Mode using Dive In method

  • Successfully employ Rockets in Single Mode into target area with CCIP Mode using Dive In method

  • Successfully employ Rockets in Salvo Mode into target area with CCIP Mode using Dive In method

  • Successfully employ one MK-83 into target area with CCIP Mode using Pop-Up Attack method

  • Successfully employ one MK-83 into target area with AUTO Mode using Loft/Toss method

  • Successfully employ a pair of CBU-99 into target area with AUTO Mode using Level-Laydown method

  • Successfully ripple four (4) MK-82SEs along target runway with AUTO Mode using Low-Level-Laydown of 300 FT at 500 KIAS

  • Land safely at Kobuleti Airfield

NOTES                                                                                                

  • ​N/A

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        

CHECKRIDE 5: GUIDED ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT CHECKRIDE​​

LOCATION & DURATION                                                                      

Location:  Caucasus Map (Kashuri Practice Range)

Duration:  1 Hour

RECOMMENDED LOADOUT                                                                           

                                                                   STATIONS

     1               2               3               4               5               6               7               8               9

 AIM-9X     AGM-65E       GBU-12      AIM-120C        FUEL           TPOD         GBU-38        AGM-65F    AIM-9X

                                              (X2)                                                                           (X2)               

                

WAYPOINTS                                                                                                    Launch:        Kobuleti Airfield  via VFR Daytime Departure Rules

Waypoint 1:  Kashuri Practice Range/ 1st Target

Recovery:     Kobuleti Airfield  via VFR Daytime Recovery Rules

PASS/FAIL CRITERIA                                                                                    

  • Successfully damage/destroy target with one GBU-38 using Pre Planned (PP) Mode

  • Successfully damage/destroy target with one GBU-38 using Target of Opportunity (TOO) Mode with Targeting Pod

  • Successfully self-lase and damage/destroy target with one GBU-12 using Targeting Pod

  • Successfully damage/destroy target with one GBU-12 using Buddy Lasing from evaluator aircraft

  • Successfully damage/destroy target with one AGM-65E

  • Successfully damage/destroy target with one AGM-65F

  • Land safely at Kobuleti Airfield

NOTES                                                                                                

  • Evaluator must provide student with PP Target Coordinates prior to departure​

  • Evaluator must be equipped with own Targeting Pod for Buddy Lasing portion of checkride

  • Student can choose method of choice for buddy lasing employment

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        

CHECKRIDE 6: STRIKE MISSION OPERATIONS CHECKRIDE​​

LOCATION & DURATION                                                                      

Location:  Caucasus Map

Duration:  2 Hours

RECOMMENDED LOADOUT                                                                           

                                                                   STATIONS

     1               2               3               4               5               6               7               8               9

 AIM-9X     AGM-88C          FUEL      AIM-120C        MK-84          TPOD            FUEL          GBU-12       AIM-9X

                                                                                                                                              

WAYPOINTS                                                                                                    Launch:                       Carrier via CASE I Departure

AAR:                             Rendezvous with Tanker/Refuel

Waypoint 1:                 SA-8 Site

Waypoint 2:                 Target 1: Factory

Waypoint 3-5:             High Level Threat Evasion

Waypoint 6-11:           Low Level Navigation & Timing

Waypoint 12:               Initial Point

Waypoint 13/14/15:  Target 2:  Parked Bomber Aircraft

Waypoint 16:               Egress

Recovery:                    Carrier via CASE I Recovery

PASS/FAIL CRITERIA                                                                                    

  • One of two SA-8s must be damaged/destroyed

  • Both primary and secondary targets must be damaged/destroyed

  • Target 2 must be damaged/destroyed within 10 seconds of designated Time Over Target (TOT)

  • Aircraft must return and land aboard carrier

NOTES                                                                                                

  • Evaluator shall provide Student a thorough mission brief prior to departure

  • Evaluator to assign a Time Over Target (TOT) prior to departure

  • Evaluator expected to assist in the damage/destruction of 2nd SA-8

  • Student is only allotted one pass per target and may not circle around for follow-on runs

TRAINING AIDS & REFERENCES

1A. ORDNANCE EMPLOYMENT: SENSORS                

1B. UNGUIDED ORDNANCE                                  

1C. GUIDED ORDNANCE                                  

2. STRIKE OPERATIONS