Air Traffic Controller (Mission Controller)



About the Job The next 10 years will see significant changes in the Air Force as the Service transitions to a networked force. The Air Force seeks to translate an information advantage, enabled in part by information technology, into a competitive warfighting advantage through the robust networking of well-informed geographically dispersed forces. The networked, 5th Generation Air Force will require highly motivated and professionals to make real time command and control decisions in a 3-dimensional environment, effectively being a mission manager who will ensure the mission is successfully completed in the most efficient, safe manner.

 We collectively call the personnel who perform their role in the ground environment as   Mission Controllers . We use the term “Officer Aviation Family” to describe all of the RAAF’s commissioned officers who are responsible for the application of Air Power. The Officer Aviation Family is made up of a number of operational streams.

 The streams that personnel belong to who work in the ground environment are; Air Traffic Controller (ATC) and Air Battle Manager (ABM). For information on the other operational streams in the RAAF please review the Mission Aircrew and Pilot job pages. Air Battle Manager (ABM) ABMs fly as part of the crew of the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft (AEW&C).

However, this stream will be via the Mission Controller path. Mission Controllers selected for employment within the ABM stream will perform surveillance and control duties using complex electronic command and control systems in the ground environment initially and, if selected, in the air environment onboard the Wedgetail aircraft. Regardless of whether you operate as part of a team in the Air Defence Ground Environment (ADGE) or in the airborne environment on board the Wedgetail aircraft, you will operate technically advanced systems including radar, communications, tactical data links and electronic support measures in the accomplishment of your assigned mission.

Throughout the conduct of your mission you will operate these systems to detect, locate and identify air and surface targets and disseminate this information using a number of different communication and information systems. Effective Command, Control and Communication is essential to the operation of a 5th generation Air Force and as ABM you will be pivotal to achieving it. For more information on ABM also review the Mission Aircrew job page.

Air Traffic Controller   (ATC) As a RAAF Air Traffic Controller (ATC) you may need to do more than just control from a tower or a radar screen. You may be called upon to control the airspace above a battlefield, whether that is over the land or the sea. That is why in the past we have used the term Joint Battlefield Airspace Controller (JBAC) instead of ATC.

 In the battlefield environment ATC’s responsibilities extend to friendly forces such as unmanned and man.

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25 Feb 2020


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