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A squad leader with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment relays simulated target information to a Supporting Arms Virtual Trainer operator during emergency close air support training at the SAVT facility aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 2, 2015. The training was conducted to ensure all of the squad leaders within the company are familiar with emergency CAS procedures so they can employ the tactics if the need arises while on deployment. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Shawn Valosin)


The SAVT will advance the training capability, operational readiness, and tactical proficiency of USMC Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs), Forward Observers, and Forward Air Controllers. These personnel will use training scenarios that require the placement of tactical ordnance on selected targets using Joint Close Air Support procedures and observed fire procedures for Naval Surface Fire Support, artillery and mortar fire to perform destruction, neutralization, suppression, illumination/coordinated illumination, interdiction, and harassment fire missions.

Operational Impact

With recent Marine Corps doctrine changes, Joint JTAC memorandum agreement and certification by Joint forces Command of the Navy’s Multipurpose Supporting Arms Trainer/SAVT simulation events can replace 33 percent of the Marine Corps’ live fire Training and Readiness and Joint Service currency training requirements.

Program Status

The SAVT Mission Needs Statement was approved in 1998, with the Universal Urgent Needs Statement dated December 2006. There are currently six systems fielded to active duty bases and stations, I, II, and III Marine Expeditionary Force. The following enhancements to SAVT are planned enhancements:

  • Strike Link
  • Lensatic Compass
  • CLRF
  • Windows 10/JSAF SIM These enhancements will raise the T&R events supported to approximately 80%.

Fielded AAOe:

FY 2017 Quantity: 6


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