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AIR OPERATIONS ( CONTROL ) OFFICER
The Air Operations ( Control ) Officer branch is a diverse , exciting and complex employment area which directs and supports operations both in the UK and around the world . The three key employment areas are Terminal Air Traffic Control ( ATC ) providing an ATC service at an airfield , Area Control ( working alongside civilian air traffic controllers at the UK ’ s Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick ) and finally as a Weapons Controller ( directing fast jet aircraft to intercept potentially hostile aircraft that threaten the integrity of UK Airspace ).
“ FIELD CONDITIONS , WHILST AUSTERE , CAN SOMETIMES BRING THE GREATEST EXCITEMENT AND REWARD ”
TO FIND OUT MORE SEARCH : RAF AIR OPERATIONS
Using state of the art radar and communications technology you will be trained to :
l Safely integrate military and civilian aircraft departing from and arriving at military airfields .
l Become part of the team that order Typhoon fast-jets to scramble and intercept suspect aircraft .
l Control fighter , bomber , surveillance , refuelling and even unmanned aircraft as they support a number of different training and operational tasks .
l Work alongside civilian controllers as an Area Radar controller ensuring military aircraft operate safely amongst civilian airliners in the UK ’ s congested airspace .
l Provide specialist battlespace management support to both UK and multinational exercises and operations around the world .
l Deploy on military operations as part of the Tactical Air Traffic Control team that establishes temporary runways in austere locations in support of a number of agencies including UK Special Forces .