Intel support to Flying Course

Course objectives

During each course, a building block approach is used to progress the crews through 15 carefully structured sorties. These sorties are aimed at challenging the participants to develop the tactical leadership skills necessary to plan, brief, fly, and debrief fully integrated multi-national formations.

For the Intel participants the course aims to enhance the skills required to provide intelligence support to Composite Air Operations (COMAO). In order to achieve this objective, the course focuses on leadership, mission support products and advanced intelligence topics featuring threat, tactics, and target analysis. The participants can apply what they learn in a realistic training environment. Specific attention will be paid to briefing skills and communications techniques. The course is mainly focused on Intel support to fixed wing fighter aircraft in COMAO. The participants will need to show they can effectively support a COMAO in order to graduate from the Flying Course.

Course syllabus / Lesson inventory

The academics part of the Flying course will comprise a selection from the following table.

INT-I Course intro  
INT-13 Intel support to COMAO  
INT EX-01 Falcon view exercise  
INT EX-10 Knowledge test  
INT EX-11 INTREP exercise  
COMAO-02/03 ISR Integration & RTMS  

The course begins with a series of lectures introducing participants to Intel support to COMAO. These lectures are followed by threat systems and tactics analysis seminars aimed at providing participants with a basic refresher on factors that impact COMAO and planning. After 2 days of academics the course will be composed of a variety of missions offering participants the opportunity to support the aircrew.

Course length and start/finish of course

The TLP COMAO Flying Course begins on Monday of the first scheduled course week. Nominal course duration is twenty-six (26) days. Actual course length may be adjusted to account for concurrent flying/academic courses and/or Spanish national or regional holidays, instructor availability and other TLP requirements that may disrupt course continuity.

Course target audience

The NATO rank limitation is OR-3 through OF-2. All course participants need to bring a copy of their NATO SECRET security clearance. English language proficiency: SLP 3322 (i.a.w. STANAG 6001) is mandatory in order to fully understand the lectures and to productively participate in the exercises. Please forward your English SLP certificate to at least one week in advance. Participants should have graduated from formal national intelligence training and should possess a basic understanding of threat aircraft and armament, SBAD systems, electronic warfare, and also demonstrate knowledge of NATO air operational doctrine (HQ AC RAMSTEIN 80-6 manual)

Course composition

Up to 6 participants are expected. The target audience for this course is junior INTEL personnel with 1-2 years working experience and posted at a tactical level, fixed wing unit providing Intel support. Personnel who do not meet the course prerequisites need to request well in advance through the usual registration process, because a waiver needs to be approved under the guidance of the TLP INTEL staff and TLP Chief of Academic Branch. At the end of the process, TLP Admin confirms your participation.

Flying course application process

If you wish to apply for this course, please follow the MoU nation planning / bidding process as outlined in the TLP MoU and PoO.

For non TLP MoU nations or individuals please identify the date of the next TLP Scheduling Conference (reference to TLP calendar) and send a representative to participate in the Planning process.

Short notice requests (especially Red Air / Support assets) can be forwarded to the TLP Mission Coordinator through the TLP contact email as provided on this website. ()

Joining instructions

Once participation is confirmed after the annual Steering Group conference / by MC, the Detachment Commanders need to request the Flying Course Joining Instruction package from

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