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SA

Situation Awareness/Surface Attack.

SAD

Search and Destroy

SAFE

Selected Area For Evasion.

SAG

Surface action group.

SAI

Standby Attitude Indicator

SAM

Surface-to-Air Missile.

Sam (Direction)

Visual acquisition of a SAM or SAM launch. Should include position.

Sandwich

A situation where an aircraft/element finds themselves between opposing aircraft/elements.

Sanitize

Area clear of threats.

SAR

Search and Rescue

Saunter

Fly at best endurance. Loiter.

SCA

Defensive counter air.

Scissors

A maneuver in which a series of hard turn reversals are executed in an attempt to achieve the offensive after an overshoot by an attacker.

SCP

Stores Control Panel

Scramble

Takeoff as quickly as possible.

Scramble Order

Command authorization for tactical flight establishing an immediate departure time.

SEAD

Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses.

Search Left / Right / High / Low

Search area indicated as briefed and report all contacts.

SEAWARS

Seawater Activated Release System

SEC

Secondary Engine Control

SEL

Select

Semiactive

A system wherein the receiver uses radiations or reflections from the target which has been illuminated by an outside source.

Separate

Leave the fight/engagement due to loss of advantage, change of odds or situation. Similar to bugout, except bugout is usually permanent separation. May or may not reenter.

Separation

Distance between an attacker and defender; can be lateral, longitudinal, or vertical.

Sequential Attack

Swapping of roles of engaged and supportive fighters as one or the other comes into a more favorable position to achieve a kill.

SFC

Specific Fuel Consumption

SFO

Simulated Flameout Landing

Shack

A pilot slang to a good ground target hit.

Shackle

One weave; a single crossing of flight paths; maneuver to adjust/ regain formation parameters.

Shadow

Follow indicated target.

Shift

Directive to illuminate second target with laser designator.

Shiny Side

The top of an aircraft. "Try to land with the shiny side up and the greasy side down".

Shooter

Aircraft designated to employ ordnance.

SHORAD

Short Range Air Defense.

Shotgun

Launch of antiradiation (SHRIKE) missile by Wild Weasel.

Shrike

AGM-45 antiradiation missile.

Sick

Described equipment is degraded.

SIF

Selective Identification Feature

SIF

Selective Identification Feature.

Sight Picture

Term used to describe the position of the pipper at release.

Signal Delta

Landing area is foul (not clear); commence standard holding pattern. (NAVY air operations in control of airborne jets)

Signal Buster

Use maximum speed (burner for those so equipped). (NAVY air operations in control of airborne jets)

Signal Charlie

Landing area is clear; commence approach. (NAVY air operations in control of airborne jets)

Silent

"GO SILENT" directive to initiate briefed EMCON procedures.

Skip It

Veto of fighter commit call; used by radar facility when higher priority target is present, usually followed with further directions.

SL

Sea Level

SLCM

Sea Launched Cruise Missile.

SLEP

Service Life Extension Program

Slice

An informative call for fighter to execute a nose-low heading reversal to reposition as stated . Often used to obtain a change in flight path direction while maximizing radial G and sustaining airspeed or accelerating.

Slice/Sliceback

Maximum performance, nose-low turn.Usually performed at or near maneuver speed (corner velocity) with nose lowered sufficiently to maintain airspeed. This maneuver falls between a horizontal turn and a Split-S.

Slice/Sliceback (Left/Right)

Directive to perform a high-G descending turn in the stated direction; usually 180 deg. turn.

SLOC

Sea lines of Communication.

Slow

Target with ground speed of less than 300 kts.

SMS

Stores Management System

Snap ( )

An immediate vector (bearing and range) to the group described.

Snap Shot

High angle off Attack or passing gun shot. Attacker's turn rate does not equal defender's LOS rate, whether intentional or unintentional.

Snap Vector

A quick vector to the requested position.

SNSR

Sensor

SOC

Sector Operations Center.

Sorted

Criteria have been met which ensure individual flight members have separate contacts; criteria can be met visually, electronically (radar) or both. Final radar lock taken.

Sorting

Using any available information such as radar presentation, GCI information, etc., to determine which bandit to attack.

Sparkle

Target marking by a gunship or FAC using incendiary rounds or infrared pointer.

SPD BRK

Speedbrake

Specific Energy

Total mechanical energy per pound. Can be loosely described as an airplane's total energy resulting from airspeed and altitude.

Specific Excess Power

(PS) A measure of an airplane's ability to gain or lose energy in terms of altitude, airspeed, or combination there of also called energy rate and expressed in feet per second or knots per second.

Spike

RWR indication of AT threat is displayed. Add clock position, and type threat (radar/heat) if able.

Spitter (Direction)

An aircraft that has departed from the engagement.

SPL

Sound Pressure Level

Splash

Missile time of flight is expired or missile destroyed; target or bomb impact.

Split

Request to engage a threat; visual may not be maintained, requires flight lead acknowledgement (air-to-air). Also, directive to begin briefed maneuver/attack.

Split-Plane Maneuvering

Aircraft or elements maneuvering in relation to one another, but in different planes and/or altitudes.

SPO

System Program Office

Spoofing

Informative that voice deception is being employed.

Spot

Informative that laser target designation is being received.

SQ

Squelch or Square

Squawk ( )

Operate IFF as indicated or IFF is operating as indicated.

SSVR

Solid State Video Recorder

STA

Station

Stack

Two or more groups/contacts/formations with a high/low altitude separation in relation to each other.

STAPAC

Stabilization Package

Status

Request for an individual's tactical situation; response is normally "offensive," "defensive," or "neutral" with number of targets. May be suffixed by position and heading.

STBY

Standby

STD

Standard

Stern

Request for, or directive to, intercept using stern geometry.

Stern Only

Intercept will be completed using stern geometry. A conversion to a "CUTOFF" will not be attempted.

Stinger

Formation of two or more aircraft with a single in trail.

STOP

Strategic Orbit Point.

Stranger

Unidentified traffic that is not a participant in the mission.

Strangle ( )

Turn off equipment indicated.

Stratfor

SAC advisors to Tactical Air Forces (formerly SAC ADVON).

Strike

An attack which is intended to inflict damage, seize, or destroy an objective (nuclear operations in NATO).

Strobe

AI radar indications of noise radar jamming.

Sunrise

Informative call that command and control functions are available from GCI/AWACS (opposite of MIDNIGHT).

Supporting

The act of assisting the engaged fighter in killing the bandit while maintaining overall battle situation awareness.

Suppressor

Aircraft designated to employ ordnance against defenses.

SUU

Suspension Utility Unit

SV

Secure Voice

SW

Switch

Swap Paint

Euphemism for a mid-air collision

Switch/Switched

Indicates an attacker is changing from one aircraft to another.

SYM

Symmetrical

SYS

System