The Official F-15 Strike Eagle Handbook

by Richard Sheffield


Abbreviations and Acronyms

AAA Antiaircraft Artillery
AAM Air-to-Air Missile
ACM Air Combat Maneuvering
AGM Air-to-Ground Missile
Alt The Alt key on your keyboard
AMRAAM Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile
ASAT Antisatellite
ATF Advanced Tactical Fighter
AWACS Airborne Warning and Control System
BFM Basic Flight Maneuvers
CAP Combat Air Patrol
CAS Close Air Support
CBU Cluster Bomb Unit
CRT Cathode Ray Tube
DMZ Demilitarized Zone
DRF Dual-Role Fighter
ECM Electronic Countermeasures
ERDT Eagle Rapid Deployment Team
FEBA Forward Edge of the Battle Area
FLIR Forward-Looking Infrared
FX Fighter Experimental
G Gravity measurement; 2 Gs equals two times the force of gravity, or double the weight
GIB Guy in Back
HUD Head-Up Display
IIR Imaging Infrared
ILS Instrument Landing System
IR Infrared, the heat portion of the radiation spectrum
ITP Initial Test Program
km Kilometer
LANTIRN Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night
LGB Laser-Guided Bomb
Lt. (j.g.) Lieutenant, Junior Grade
Mach The speed of sound; Mach 2 equals two times the speed of sound
Max Maximum
MiG Mikoyan/Gurevich; Soviet aircraft manufacturer
mm Millimeter
MSIP Multistage Improvement Program
NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAV Navigation; usually refers to the NAV cursor at the top of the screen
OPFOR Opposing Forces
PLO Palestine Liberation Organization
ROE Rules of Engagement
RPV Remotely Piloted Vehicle
SA Situational Awareness
SAM Surface-to-Air Missile
SARH Semiactive Radar Homing
Su Sukhoi; Soviet aircraft manufacturer
TFW Tactical Fighter Wing
VMax The maximum airspeed an aircraft can attain before sustaining structural damage
WSO Weapons Systems Officer; an Air Force backseater

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