So do they really need him? Or is he more tacticaly biased?Observer do the navigation? Not really, INS/GPS moving map on a 23 inch display. Cursor a point on the map, aircraft flies to it. Want to drop a sonobuoy there, Stores system will handle that for you. Hover, same again.
Sarnie Logistician, perhaps.Still needed. Ordering bag meals, sitting on the duty desk etc. I do them a disservice, if they were renamed they would be Airborne Tactical Misssion Managers or something similar.
I think, and it's a think, the aircrew pipeline works perfectly if a) you pass everything first time and b) not everyone passes. We plan for attrition (based on historical norms) and thus course sizes get smaller further along the pipeline. "Too many" pass and suddenly you're trying to get a quart in a pint pot. Add in usual aircraft problems, and you can see how holds might happen
Fine until the kit fails or is jammed. That's why BOC concentrates on the basics and mental abilities.Observer do the navigation? Not really, INS/GPS moving map on a 23 inch display. Cursor a point on the map, aircraft flies to it. Want to drop a sonobuoy there, Stores system will handle that for you. Hover, same again.
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