With a radio, Joint Terminal Attack Controllers can call for fire support from everything from jets to artillery. What else does a Czech JTAC carry in his bag?
A Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) with the Czech Air Force’s Special Forces shows us what’s in his kit.
JTACs are responsible for coordinating fire support from fighter jets, helicopters, unmanned vehicles and artillery. Their job requires perfect attention to detail. Without them, NATO troops can’t call for help from aerial assets.
Interview with an unnamed Special Forces’ JTAC, speaking about the essentials a controller carries in his bag.
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) Czech JTAC “I am a Joint Terminal Attack Controller from the Czech Air Force.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— WHAT’S IN YOUR KIT?
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “As Joint Terminal Attack Controllers, we carry a lot of equipment that we need for our work. The first thing is the radio.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #1 RADIO
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “This is a long-range radio to communicate with aircraft, helicopters, unmanned aircraft, artillery and ground commanders.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #2 RANGEFINDER
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Moskito rangefinder binoculars. With this I can find the coordinates, altitude, distance and direction of the target.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #3 VIDEO DOWNLINK
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Next is VDL, or video downlink. When an aircraft transmits an image, I am able to capture it with this camera and I can see the same as the pilot of the aircraft, helicopter or unmanned aircraft.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #4 NIGHT VISION GOGGLES
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Night vision goggles, which are attached to the helmet.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #5 INFRARED LASER
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “IR, which I use to mark targets for helicopters and aircraft with an infrared laser.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #6 VISUAL SIGNAL PANEL
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “VS panel, with which I mark my own position.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #7 GPS
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “GPS.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #8 MAPS
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Maps, of course.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #9 COMPASS
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Compass.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— #10 WRITING MATERIALS
-SOUNDBITE- (CZECH) “Writing accessories.”
—TEXT ON SCREEN— 10 ITEMS ~ 20 KG
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