Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver
Definition/Scope: The remotely operated video enhanced receiver (ROVER) system allows forward ground controllers to see what the aircraft is seeing in real time. The usage of ROVER greatly improves a forward air controller's reconnaissance and target identification, which are essential to the combat air support mission in Iraq. Before ROVER capability, ground controllers had to rely on “visual talk-ons” to hunt for IEDs, track insurgents or follow suspicious vehicles. The ground controller would have a map to guide the pilots where they needed to go. The ROVER gives the FAC’s more confidence when making decisions such as dropping bombs, because they have the same real-time bird’s eye view as (the pilots) do.
Related Terms:Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System