Acronyms and Abbreviations


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
ACL Automatic Carrier Landing
ACLS Automatic Carrier Landing System
ACM Air Combat Maneuver
ACQ Aquisition
ADF Automatic Direction Finder
ADI Attitude Director Indicator
ADL Armament Datum Line
AFCS Automatic Flight Control System
AFTC Augmenter Fan Temperature Control
AHRS Attitude Heading Reference System
AICS Air Inlet Control System
AOA Angle of Attack
APC Approach Power Compensator
ASH Automatic Stored Heading
ATC Active Transfer Command
ATLS Automatic Thrust Limiting System
ATTK Attack
AVTR Airborne Video Tape Recorder
AWL All-Weather Landing


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
BATR Bullet at Target Range
BDHI Bearing-Distance-Heading Indicator
BIT Built-in Test
BRC Base Recovery Course
BRST Boresight
BRU Bomb Rack Unit


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
CADC Central Air Data Computer
CAINS Carrier Aircraft Inertial Navigation System
CANTCO Can’t Comply
CAP Computer Address Panel
CCIP Continuously Computed Impact Point
CICU Computer Integrated Converter Unit
CLSN Collision
CM Continuous Monitor
CRS Course
CRT Cathode Ray Tube
CSA Continuous Semi-Active
CSDC Computer Signal Data Converter
CTVS Cockpit Television Sensor
CV Aircraft Carrier
CW Continuous-Wave


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
DDD Detail Data Display
DDI Digital Data Indicator
DECM Defensive Electronic Countermeasures
DEF PT Defended Point
DES Designate
DEST Destination
DF Direction Finder
D/L Data Link
DLC Direct Lift Control
DME Distance Measuring Equipment
DPLR Doppler


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
ECA Expanded Chaff Adapter
ECM Electronic Countermeasures
ECCM Electronic Counter-Countermeasures
ECMD Electronic Countermeasures Display
ECS Environmental Control System
EGT Exhaust Gas Temperature
EIG Electronic Instrument Group
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
EXP Expand
FAR False Alarm Rate


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
FCLP Field Carrier Landing Practice
FEMS Fatigue Engine Monitoring System
FF Fuel Flow
FLOLS Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System
FMR Frequency Ranging
FOV Field of View
FRL Fuselage Reference Line
FSK Frequency-Shift-Keyed
FWD Forward


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
GACH Gimbal Angle Crosshair
GCI Ground Controlled Intercept
GCS Gun Control System
GM Ground Map
GPS Global Positioning System
GSS Gun Scoring System
GT Ground Track


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
HB Homebase
HCU Hand Control Unit
HDG Heading
HOJ Home-on-Jam
HOST Hostile
HPRF High Pulse Repetition Frequency
HSD Horizontal Situation Display
HSI Horizontal Situation Indicator
HUD Heads-up Display


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
IAS Indicated Airspeed
ICLS Instrument Carrier Landing System
ICS Intercommunications
IFF Identification Friend or Foe
IFR Instrument Flight Rules
IFT In-Flight Training
ILS Instrument Landing System (ICLS)
IMN Indicated Mach Number
IMU Intertial Measurement Unit
INS Intertial Navigation System
IP Initial Point
IR Infrared
IRAT IR Angle Tracking
ITER Improved Triple Ejector Rack
ITS Integrated Trim System


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
JAM Jamming
JAT Jam Angle Track


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
KCAS Knots Calibrated Airspeed
KTS Knots


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
LAR Launch Acceptable Region
LCD Liquid Crystal Display
LCOS Lead Computing Optical Sight
LOS Line of Sight
LPRF Low Pulse Repetition Frequency
LSO Landing Signal Officer or “Paddles”
LTE Launch-to-Eject


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
M Mach
MA Missile Alert
MAD Magnetic Azimuth Detector
MAG VAR Magnetic Variation
MAN Manual
MAND Mandatory
MDIG Multipurpose Display Indicator Group
MEC Main Engine Control
MIL Military
ML Missile Launch
MLC Mainlobe Clutter
MLG Main Landing Gear
MOAT Missile on Aircraft Test
MMGS Multiple Mode Gun Sight
MRL Manual Rapid Lockon
MSL Mean Sea Level


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
NAV GRID Navigation Command and Control Grid
NBR Number
NFO Naval Flight Officer
NFOV Narrow Field of View
NM Nautical Miles
NOZ Nozzle
NTDS Naval Tactical Data System


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
OBC On-Board Check


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
Paddles See LSO
PAL Pilot Automatic Lockon
PCD Precision Course Direction
PD Pulse Doppler
PDCP Pilot Display Control Panel
PDRSL Pulse Doppler Radar Slaved
PDS Pulse Doppler Search
PDSTT Pulse Doppler Single Target Track
PH AIM-54 Phoenix Missile
PLM Pilot Lockon Mode
PRF Pulse Repetition Frequency
PRI Primary
PRSL Pulse Radar Slaved
PS Pulse Search
PSTT Pulse Single Target Track
PT Point


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
QDES Cue-to-Designate
QSNO Cue-to-snowplow
QWP Cue-to-waypoint


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
RACH Radar Angle Crosshair
RDR Radar
RDROT Radar on Target
RECON Reconnaissance
RIO Radar Intercept Officer
RNG Range
RNGRT Range Rate
ROT Range on Target
RTGS Real-Time Gun Sight
RWS Range While Search


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
SAM Surface to Air Missile
SAS Stability Augmentation System
SAT Simultaneous Alignment and Test
SCP Sensor Control Panel
SD/A Sample Data/Active
SEAM Sidewinder Expanded Acquisition Mode
SINS Ship Inertial Navigation System
SP AIM-7 Sparrow Missile
ST Surface Target
STAB Stabilization
STAB AUG Stability Augmentation
STBY Standby
STC Sensitivity Time Control
STT Single Target Track
SW AIM-9 Sidewinder Missile


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
TACAN Tactical Air Navigation
TARPS Tactical Air Reconnaissance Pod System
TAS True Airspeed
TCS Television Camera Set
TDS Tactical Data System
TER Triple Ejector Rack
TGT Target
THRLD Threshold
TID Tactical Information Display
TIT Turbine Inlet Temperature
TTG Time-to-Go
TUIR Time Until in Range
TUMR Time Until Maximum Range
TUOR Time Until Optimum Range
TWS Track While Scan
TWSA Track While Scan Automatic
TWSM Track While Scan Manual


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
UHF Ultra High Frequency
UTC Coordinated Universal Time


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
Vc Closing Velocity Rate
vC Computed MAG VAR
VDI Vertical Display Indicator
VDIG Vertical Display Indicator Group (HUD & VDI)
VEC Vector
VFR Visual Flight Rules
VID Visual Identification
vM Manual MAG VAR
VMCU Voltage Monitor Control Unit
VSL Vertical Scan Lockon
VTR Video Tape Recorder


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
WCS Weapon Control System
WFOV Wide Field of View
WILCO Will Comply
WOD Wind over the Deck
WOW Weight on/off Wheels


Acronym/Abbreviation Meaning
YY Geographic Reference Point for NAV GRID