The F-14 Radar Intercept Officer

The following is a collection of my articles about the F-14 and the Radar Intercept Officer role, rearranged by topic.
A comprehensive and chronologically ordered list is available here.

The Weapon

F-14B Payload Weight Calculator

Air to Ground

Delivering GBUs Part II: Manual delivery
Delivering GBUs Part I: LANTIRN and COMPUTER IP
RIO Seat: Ground Attack & Iron Bombs

Air to Air

AIM-54 Performance Study
AIM-54 Probability of Kill – IV – Medium and Long Range
AIM-54 Probability of Kill – III – The Altitude Factor
AIM-54 Probability of Kill – II – Low Altitude
AIM-54 Probability of Kill – I – Introduction


RIO seat: Quick look at the Countermeasures (AN/ALE-39 and LAU-138)

The Machine


AWG-9 WCS Advanced Part I (Introduction; PRF, P/PD/CW; Zero Doppler Filter)
Introduction to the RIO seat: Antenna Elevation, MLC, Countering notching, TWS
AWG-9 Antenna Elevation Study Part II
AWG-9 Antenna Elevation Study Part I
RIO seat: AWG-9 WCS Guidance and AIM-54
AIM-54 and AWG-9 WCS: Observations about Lofted Trajectory and Range

The Interface

TID Part II: Aircraft Stab mode
TID Part I: Ground Stab mode
F-14 RIO Tip: CAP and TID
F-14 RIO Tip: Waypoint creation (Keypad, DDD, TID)

INS and Navigation

F-14: TACAN controls and usage
F-14 INS: F/F LINK 4C and Unorthodox Fixes
F-14 INS: Visual Update
F-14 INS: TACAN Update

The Crew

RIO Techniques and SOP

F-14 RIO Tip: Cranking Manoeuvre
BRAA Calls: Bearing and Relative Bearing

RIO-Pilot Interaction

RIO-Pilot interaction: Cross-checks list
RIO-Pilot interaction: BVR engagement


F-14 and NS 430
Kneeboard Pack v1
RIO Hasty Startup Procedure
F-14 RIO Tip: DDM and DMS
F-14 Mission Datacard Builder (v0.9)

NOTE: the missing links refers to articles still WIP, ready to be released or planned. Take those as spoiler about future contents 🙂