The Tactical Director (TD) is responsible for the
overall conduct of the mission as tasked by the operating authorities. He is
the senior member of the mission crew and liaises directly with the
The Surveillance Controller (SC) who provides an optimum radar picture and operates the digital
data links commands the surveillance team. Working for him are three Surveillance operators (SOs)
and a Passive Controller (PC) who assist the SC to compile the recognized air and surface picture
for transmission to the ground and other airborne units. The PC is responsible to enhance the air picture,
ID procedures and E-3A self-protection through passive detection of emitters and platforms.
The weapons team is headed by the Fighter Allocator (FA) who is responsible for the safe conduct
of all aircraft, which have been allocated to the E-3A to control. His two Weapons Controllers (WCs)
can control a wide variety of air missions including Offensive and Defensive Counter Air operations
using fighters, Close Air Support and Battlefield Air Interdiction using bombers and a wide
variety of operational support aircraft.
Because of the complexity of the on-board systems,
the E-3A employs airborne technicians who initialize, monitor and provide
basic maintenance of the highly sophisticated mission equipment:
The Communications Technicians (CT) initializes, manages and monitors
the highly sophisticated on-board communication equipment.
The System Technician (ST) initializes, runs and
maintains the on-board computer systems which are the heart of the mission
The Radar Technician (RT) runs the mission radar
without which there would be no mission. He liaises with the SC and the
ST to provide the best possible radar picture for the surveillance and weapons
teams to work with.