Profession intelligence communications interceptor

Intelligence communications interceptors work in the air force in the development of intelligence in places like headquarters and command posts. They search and intercept electromagnetic traffic transmitted in different languages.

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  • Surveillance radars

    Know that Mode A/C Secondary Surveillance Radar stations continuously interrogate all aircraft within their range. Know that Mode S Secondary Surveillance Radar stations carry out interrogations of aircraft within their coverage.

  • Geographic information systems

    The tools involved in geographical mapping and positioning, such as GPS (global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).

  • Air force operations

    The operations, procedures and compliant behaviour of a military air force, and of a specific air force base.

  • Electromagnetism

    The study of electromagnetic forces and the interaction between electric and magnetic fields. The interaction between electrically charged particles can create magnetic fields with a certain range or frequency and electricity can be produced by the changing of these magnetic fields.

  • Electronic signals intelligence

    The types of military intelligence-gathering by the use of electronic sensors.

  • Global navigation satellite system performance parameters

    Know the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) performance parameters, and the requirements that an GNSS system should possess in specific conditions.


  • Identify electronic signals

    Perform signal identification by analysing collected parameters in different languages and by electromagnetic radiation. These signals mostly originate in defense networks and are emitted from electronic parts such as radars and aircraft.

  • Write routine reports

    Compose routine reports; identify appropriate forms or documents to record data from manual inspections and/or electronic systems. Write clear observations as required. A written report is usually a summary of readings from the routine performance of the reticulation system.

  • Operate radar equipment

    Operate radar screens and other radar equipment; ensure that aircraft fly at a safe distance from one another.

  • Analyse transmitted communications

    Monitor and analyse data, waveforms, measurements, images or transmitted communications and emissions and identify elecrical anomalies.

  • Use geographic information systems

    Work with computer data systems such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

  • Develop military intelligence records

    Analyse information and develop military intelligence records by putting multiple types of information with other sources of information in perspective.

  • Perform scrambling operations

    Control and monitor the air force radio network and perform scrambling operations or intrusions, which mean to disrupt the functioning of adverse emissions. Scrambling is mostly performed on voice communication and signals by the use of Digital Signal Processors (DSP).

  • Operate radio navigation instruments

    Operate radio navigation instruments to determine the position of aircraft in the airspace.

  • Operate radio equipment

    Set up and operate radio devices and accessories, such as broadcast consoles, amplifiers, and microphones. Understand the basics of radio operator language and, when necessary, provide instruction in handling radio equipment correctly.

  • Coordinate the allocation of Mode S radars to Interrogator Codes

    Ensure correct and safe operation of Mode S Secondary Surveillance Radars. Ensure they are configured with an Interrogator Code (IC) allocated specifically to each radar.

  • Operate two-way radio systems

    Use radios that can receive and transmit sound signals in order to communicate with similar radios on the same frequency such as mobile phones and walkie talkies.

  • Use different communication channels

    Make use of various types of communication channels such as verbal, handwritten, digital and telephonic communication with the purpose of constructing and sharing ideas or information.

Optional knowledge and skills

perform data analysis perform electromagnetic geophysical measurements aircraft flight control systems military code gather technical information gather data geographic areas apply military aviation regulations apply frequency management military aviation apply air force procedures civil aviation regulations perform risk analysis common aviation safety regulations translate foreign language radars electronics principles aviation meteorology

Source: Sisyphus ODB