Brevity Codes

ABORT(ING)(ED) Directive/informative to cease action/attack/event/mission
ACTION Directive to initiate a briefed attack sequence or maneuver
ACTIVE An emitter is radiating
ADD ( ) Directive to call to add a specific (system) or (EOB category) to search responsibility
ALARM Directive/informative indicatingthe termination or EMCON procedures
ALLIGATOR Link-11/TADIL A
ALPHA CHECK Request for/confirmation of bearing and range to described point
ANCHOR(ED) 1. Orbit about a specific point; refueling track flown by tanker
2. Informative to indicate a turning engagement about a specific location
ANGELS Height of friendly aircraft in thousands of feet
ARIZONA No ARM ordinance remaining
AS FRAGGED Unit or element will be performing exactly as stated by the air tasking order
AUTHENTICATE To request or provide a response for a coded challenge
AUTOCAT Any communications relay using automatic retransmissions
AZIMUTH Two or more groups primarily separated in bearing
BANDIT An aircraft identified as enemy, in accordance with theater ID criteria.
The term does not necessarily imply direction or authority to engage
BANZAI Informative or directive to execute launch and decide tactics
BASE (number) Reference number used to indicate such information as headings, altitude, fuels, etc.
BEAD WINDOW Last transmission potentially disclosed unauthorized information
BEAM(ING) Target stabilized within 70 to 110 degree aspect; generally given with cardinal directions: east, west, north, south
BENT System indicated is inoperative
BINGO 1. Fuel state needed for recovery
2. Proceed/am proceeding to specified base (field) or carrier
BIRD Friendly surface to air missile (SAM)
BIRD(S) AFFIRM S/A informative indicating unit is able and prepared to engage a specified target with SAMs.
BIRD(S) AWAY Friendly SAM has been fired at designated target
BIRD(S) NEGAT S/A informative indicating unit is unable to engage a specified target with SAMs.
Opposite of BIRD(S) AFFIRM
BITTERSWEET Notification of possible BLUE ON BLUE situation relative to a designated track or friendly aircraft
BLANK A SEAD aircraft does not detect any emitters of interest
BLIND No visual contact with friendly aircraft/ground position. Opposite of VISUAL.
BLOW THROUGH Directive/informative call that indicated aircraft will continue straight ahead at the merge and not turn with
target/targets.
BOGEY A radar or visual air contact whose identity is unknown
BOGEY DOPE Request for target information as briefed/available
BOX Groups/contacts/formations in a square or offset square
BRAA Tactical control format providing target bearing, range, altitude, and aspect, relative to a friendly aircraft.
BRACKET Indicates geometry where friendly aircraft willmaneuver to a position on opposing sides, either laterally or vertically from the target.
BREAK (Direction) Directive to perform an immediate maximum performance turn in the direction indicated. Assumes a defensive situation.
BREAKAWAY Tanker or receiver directive call indicating immediate vertical and nose/tail speraration between tanker and receiver is required.
BREVITY Radio frequency is becoming saturated/degraded or jammed and briefer transmissions must follow.
BROADCAST Request/directive to switch to broadcast control
BROKE LOCK Loss of radar/IR lock-on (advisory)
BRUISER Friendly air launched anti-ship missile (ASM)
BUDDY LOCK Locked to a known friendly aircraft. Normally a response to a “SPIKED” or “BUDDY SPIKE” call and accompanied with position/heading/altitude.
BUDDY SPIKE Friendly aircraft air-to-air indication on RWR. To be followed by position/heading/altitude
BUGOUT Separation from that particular engagement/attack/operation; no intent to reengage/return.
BULLDOG Friendly surface/submarine launched anti-ship missile (ASM)
BULLSEYE An established point from which the position of an object can be referenced. made by cardinal/range or digital format.
BUMP/BUMP-UP A fly-up to acquire LOS to the target or laser designation
BURN GLINT used to provide illumination
BUSTER Directive call to fly at max continuous speed (military power)
BUZZER Electronic communications jamming
CANDYGRAM Informative call to aircraft that EW targeting information is available on a briefed secure net
CAP/CAPPING 1. Directive call to establish an (Location) orbit at a specified location.
2. An orbit at an specified location
CAPTURED Aircrew has identified and is able to track a specified A/G target with an on-board sensor
CEASE In air defense, break the ENGAGEMENT on the target specified. Missiles in flight will continue to intercept.
CEASE FIRE Do not open fire or discontinue firing; complete intercept if weapons are in flight; continue to track
CHAMPAGNE An attack of three distinct group with two in front and one behind
CHATTERMARK Begin using briefed radio procedures to counter communications jamming
CHEAPSHOT 1. (USAF) Active missile supported to high PRF but not medium PRF.
2. (Naval) Active missile not supported to active range
CHECK Turn ## degrees left or right and maintain new heading
CHERUBS Height of a friendly aircraft in hundreds of feet
CHICKS Friendly aircraft
CLEAN 1. No radar contacts on aircraft of interest
2. No visible battle damage
3. Aircraft not carrying external stores
CLEARED Requested action is authorized (no engaged/support roles are assumed)
CLEARED HOT Ordnance release is authorized
CLOAK Directive/informative switch from normal external lightning to covert NVD only compatible lighting
CLOSING Decreasing in range
COLD 1. Attack geometry will result in a pass or roll out behind the target
2. On a leg of the CAP pointed away from the anticipated threats.
3. Group(s) heading away from friendly aircraft
COLOR Request for information on a stated location; usually a request for ambiquity resolution. May be used with IDM data message.
COMEOFF Directive to maneuver as indicated to either regain mutual support or to deconflict flight paths for an exchange of engaged and supporting roles. Implies both VISUAL and TALLY.
COMMIT(TED) Fighter intent to engage/intercept, controller continues to provide information
CONFETTI Chaff lane or corridor
CONS/CONNING Threat/bogey aircraft leaving contrails
CONTACT 1. Sensor contact at the stated position
2. Acknowledges sighting of a specified position
CONTINUE Continue present maneuver, does not imply clearance to engage or expend ordnance
CONTINUE DRY Ordnance release not authorized
COVER(ING) Directive/Informative to take S/A action or establish an A/A posture that will allow engagement of a specified target or threat.
CRANK F-Pole maneuver; implies illuminating target at radar gimbal limits.
CUTOFF
CYCLOPS
DASH (#)
DATA
DEADEYE
DECLARE
DEFENSIVE
DE-LOUISE
DEPLOY
DIVERT
DOLLY
DRAG(ING)
DROP(ING)
DUCK
ECHELON
ECHO
ENGAGED
ESTIMATE
EXTEND
EYEBALL
FADED
FAST
FATHER
FEET WET/DRY
FENCE (In/Out)
FLANK(ING)
FLASH
FLOAT
FOX (Number)
FOX MIKE
FRIENDLY
FURBALL
GADGET
GATE
GIMBAL
GO ACTIVE
GO CLEAR
GOGGLE
GORILLA
GO SECURE
GRANDSLAM
GREEN
GREYHOUND
GROUP
GUNS
HARD
HEAD
HEAD ON
HEADS UP
HEAVY
HIGH
HIT(S)
HOLD DOWN
HOLDING HANDS
HOLD FIRE
HOME PLATE
HOOK (Left/Right)
HOSTILE
HOT
HOTDOG
HOTEL FOX
HUSKY
ID
IN
INDIA
INTERROGATE
JACKAL
JOKER
JUDY
KILL
KNOCK IT OFF
LADDER
LASER ON
LEAD-TRAIL
LEAKER(S)
LINE ABREAST
LIGHTS ON/OFF
LOCKED
LOST CONTACT
LOST LOCK
LOW
MAGNUM
MAPPING
MARKING
MARSHAL(ING)
MEDIUM
MERGE(D)
MICKEY
MIDNIGHT
MONITOR
MOTHER
MUD
MUSIC
NAILS
NAKED
NEW PICTURE
NO FACTOR
NO JOY
NOTCH
OFF (Direction)
OFFSET
ON STATION
OPENING
OUT (Direction)
OUTLAW
PACKAGE
PADLOCKED
PAINT(S)
PARROT
PICTURE
PIGEONS
PINCE/PINCER
PITBULL
PLAYMATE
PLAYTIME
POGO
POP
POPEYE
POPUP
POSIT
POST ATTACK
POST HOLE
PRESS
PRINT (Type)
PUMP
PURE
PUSH
PUSHING
RANGE
RAYGUN
REFERENCE
REPORTED
RESET
RESUME
RETROGRADE
RIDER
RIFLE
RIPPLE
ROLEX (+/- Time)
ROPE
SADDLED
SAM (Direction)
SANDWICHED
SAUNTER
SCRAM
SCRAMBLE
SCUD
SEPARATE
SHACKLE
SHADOW
SHIFT
SHOOTER
SHOTGUN
SKATE
SKIP IT
SKOSH
SKUNK
SLAPSHOT
SLIDE
SLOW
SMASH
SMOKE
SNAKE
SNAP (Direction)
SNIPER
SNOOZE
SORT
SORTED
SOUR
SPADES
SPARKLE
SPIKE
SPIN
SPITTER
SPLASH
SPLIT
SPOOFING
SPOT
SQUAWK
SQUAWKING
STACK
STATUS
STEADY
STEER
STERN
STINGER
STOP
STRANGER
STRANGLE
STRIP
STRIPPED
STROBE
SUNSHINE
SUNRISE
SWEET
SWITCHED
TACTICAL
TAG
TALLY
TARGET
TARGETED
TEN SECONDS
TERMINATE
THREAT
THROTTLES
TIED
TIGER
TIMBER
TRACKING
TRAILER
TRASHED
TRESPASS
TUMBLEWEED
UNABLE
UNIFORM
VAMPIRE
VERY HIGH
VIC
VICTOR
VISUAL
WALL
WARNING RED
WARNING YELLOW
WARNING GREEN
WEAPONS FREE
WEAPONS HOLD
WEAPONS SAFE
WEAPONS TIGHT
WEEDS
WHAT LUCK
WHAT STATE
WINCHESTER
WORDS
WORKING
YARDSTICK
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