Abbreviations

This page contains a list of definitions for the abbreviations used in Falcon.

A-A
Air to Air
A-G
Air to Ground
AAA
Anti-Aircraft Artillery
AAM
Air to Air Missile
AB
AfterBurner
ACM
Air Combat Mode, a radar mode used against targets that are within visual range
ACMI
Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation, a system used to record your flight for later review
ADI
Attitude Direction Indicator, the round instrument in the center of the panel showing your attitude relative to the horizon
AGL
Altitude above ground level
AGM
Air to Ground Missile
AIM
Air Intercept Missile
ALT
altitude above sea level
AMRAAM
Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile
AOA
Angle of Attack, the difference between your aircraft's pitch angle and the vertical angle it is actually moving
APC
Armored Personnel Carrier
ATC
Air Traffic Control
ATO
Air Tasking Order, otherwise known as the "frag order" - the plan of action for a theater
AVTR
Airborne Video Tape Recorder, the video recorder used by the ACMI system
AWACS
Airborne Warning And Control System
BARCAP
BARrier Combat Air Patrol, a mission type where you patrol a lane of airspace to prevent enemy aircraft from entering.
BDA
Battle Damage Assessment, a mission type where you are tasked to get photographs of a target area after it has been attacked
BFM
Basic Fighter Maneuvers
BLU
Bomb Live Unit
BVR
Beyond Visual Range
CAP
Combat Air Patrol, a mission type where you patrol an area and engage enemy aircraft
CAS
Close Air Support, a strike mission flown against enemy ground units in combat with friendly ground units
CBU
Cluster Bomb Unit
CCC
Command, Control, and Communications (also "C3")
CCIP
Continuously Computed Impact Point
CCRP
Continuously Computed Release Point
CDI
Course Deviation Indicator
CP
Contact Point
CRM
Combined Radar Mode
DBS
Doppler Beam Sharpening
DCA
Defensive Counter Air, an air-to-air mission flown to protect a friendly target from enemy aircraft
DEAD
Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses
DED
Data Entry Display, the digital display above the right MFD
DGFT
Dogfight mode
DLZ
Dynamic Launch Zone, a weapon release bracket displayed on the FCR and HUD
DMS
Display Management Switch
DPRK
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
DTOS
Dive Toss air-ground mode
ECM
Electronic CounterMeasures, your jammer, chaff/flares, and other electronic tools to defeat the enemy
EEGS
Enhanced Envelope Gun Sight
EFOV
Extended Field Of View
EO
Electro-Optical
EOB
Electronic Order of Battle
ETA
Estimated Time of Arrival
ETE
Estimated Time Enroute
FAC
Forward Air Controller
FCC
Fire Control Computer
FLCS
Flight Control System
FLOT
Forward Line Of Troops, the "front line" of the war
FOV
Field Of View
FPM
Flight Path Marker, the indication on the HUD which shows the direction the aircraft is moving in
G
The force of gravity (3 G's is three times the force of gravity).
GBU
Guided Bomb Unit
GLOC
Gravity-Induced Loss of Consciousness, the "blackout" you suffer under high G-forces
GM
Ground Map
GMT
Ground Moving Target
GP
General Purpose (bomb)
GPS
Global Positioning System
HARM
High-speed Anti Radiation Missile
HART
Horn Awareness Recovery Training
HARTS
Hardened Artillery Shelter
HE
High Explosive
HOTAS
Hands On Throttle And Stick
HSD
Horizontal Situation Display, a moving map page on the MFD
HSI
Horizontal Situation Indicator
HTS
Harm Targeting System
HUD
Heads-Up Display
IADS
Integrated Air Defense System
ICP
Integrated Control Panel, the panel directly under the HUD
IFF
Identification Friend or Foe
IFV
Infantry Fighting Vehicle
ILS
Instrument Landing System
INS
Inertial Navigation System
IR
InfraRed
JDAM
Joint Direct Attack Munition
JSTARS
Joint Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar System
LCOS
Lead Computing Optical Sight
LDGP
Low Drag General Purpose (bomb)
LGB
Laser Guided Bomb
LOS
Line Of Sight
MFD
Multi-Function Display
MiG
Mikoyan-Gurevich
MRGS
Multiple Reference Gun Sight
MRM
Medium Range air-to-air Missile
MSL
Mean Sea Level
NAV
Navigation mode
NCTR
Non-Cooperative Target Recognition
NM
Nautical Mile
NOE
Nap Of the Earth
OCA
Offensive Counter Air, a mission flown against enemy air targets
OOB
Order Of Battle
OSB
Option Select Button
PATRIOT
Phased-Array Tracking Radar Intercept On Target
RESCAP
Rescue Combat Air Patrol
ROE
Rules Of Engagement
ROK
Republic Of Korea
RTB
Return To Base
RWR
Radar Warning Receiver
RWS
Range While Search
SAD
Search And Destroy
SAM
Surface to Air Missile
SAR
Search And Rescue
SARH
Semi-Active Radar Homing
SEAD
Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses
SMS
Stores Management System
SOI
Sensor Of Interest
SRM
Short-Range air to air Missile
STBY
Stand By
STRF
Strafe
STT
Single Target Track
TACAN
Tactical Air Navigation, a type of military radio navigational aid
TD
Target Designator
TMS
Target Management Switch
TOS
Time Over Steerpoint
TOT
Time Over Target
TWS
Track While Scan
UFC
Up-Front Controls
VMS
Voice Message System ("Bitchin' Betty")
VS
Velocity Search
WEZ
Weapon Engagement Zone
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