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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Direct anti-air warfare at unit and force level 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
262188  Direct anti-air warfare at unit and force level 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Maritime Defence 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for learners within the Sovereignty of the State sub-field who wish to work in the maritime environment as a warfare operations officer on a warship. The learner successfully completing this Unit Standard will gain essential knowledge and practical skills needed to direct anti-air warfare, which is needed to operate with confidence onboard a warship.

The competencies achieved by the learner in this Unit Standard will contribute to the preservation of human life and the defence of South African warships, territorial waters and/or area of responsibility, thus providing a safer and secure society for South African citizens.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the combat context.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of air defence doctrine.
  • Anticipate and develop a response to threats from the air.
  • React to unfolding air threats under combat condition.
  • Coordinate fighter defence with the ship's defence systems.
  • Evaluate anti-air warfare tactics. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner has the following knowledge and skills:
  • Communication at NQF Level 4.
  • Mathematics at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the combat context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the three domains of warfare with reference to the difference between typical threats, weapon allocation and tactical responses. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Domains include anti-air, anti-surface and anti-submarine.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A description is given of internal seniority of command in terms of the differences between the chain of command and scope of authority and principal focus areas. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Seniority of command is under combat conditions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of the five phases of warfare in terms of their purpose, key components and logical progression. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Phases include planning, scouting and approach, combat and post-combat.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of the successful contribution of each phase to each domain of warfare with reference to knowledge of enemy, own capability and preparation with respect to tactical options and counter-measures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    An explanation is given of the importance of the rules of engagement in each domain of warfare with reference to detection, classification, target acquisition, weapons allocation and defensive and offensive options. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    An explanation is given of the relationship between the strategic, operational and tactical levels with reference to persons involved at each level, their scope of authority and areas of responsibility. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of air defence doctrine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of air battles with reference to their key characteristics and those features which distinguish them from other forms of combat. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Characteristics include reactive and defensive nature of the engagement, speed of events and long range.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An explanation is given of the relationship between political context, doctrine and tactics with reference permissible and non-permissible actions in combat situations. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The explanation includes references to current South African National Defence Force and allied publications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A description is given of air defence priorities, levels of readiness, appropriate responses and approaches to different contexts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An explanation is given of how to execute air defence for a single vessel and a combined force in formation according to doctrine. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Anticipate and develop a response to threats from the air. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of relevant South African Navy and multi-national publications for air defence in terms of their content and guidance provided for positioning, configuration, and deployment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Tactics and procedures are used alone or in combination to optimise the defensive response. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Intelligence on possible air threats is drawn from all relevant and available sources and provides comprehensive insight into enemy capability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Intelligence includes information gathered throughout planning, scouting and approach phases.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Possible responses are developed which are appropriate in terms of intelligence on enemy capability, as well as own current capability and state of readiness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Options are prepared for advisement to command in terms of optimal response. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    React to unfolding air threats under combat condition. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The air threat is continually assessed in order to develop threat responses. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Unanticipated events are reacted to calmly, confidently and without delay in order to ensure vessel and force safety. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Reacted to include deviating from standard doctrine.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Weapons are deployed and utilised in terms of enemy capability, perceived threat, own capability, the combat environment and mission objectives. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Weapons include missile defence systems, decks guns and own aircraft assets.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Responses are applied which are consistent with the nature of the conflict, scope of responsibility, and the rules of engagement. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Area and zone co-ordination is applied so as to ensure the safety of own forces throughout the combat. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Coordinate fighter defence with the ship's defence systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An explanation is given of air fighter co-ordination with reference to own role and responsibilities and the allocation of command. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Command includes associated command [providing information for fighter defence to strike elsewhere] and direct command [directing fighter defence allocated to own force].
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Air fighters are applied according to air force and naval procedures and so as to ensure optimal deployment of fighter forces in conjunction with own and/or force weapon systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The decision to engage is communicated clearly, concisely and timely using recognised voice procedures, communication channels and codes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Timely decisions are made which are appropriate to the state of the unfolding conflict and which promote increased chances of successful engagements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information from the ship's sensors, weapons and combat systems is managed internally in order to integrate the different warfare domains towards achievement of the command aim. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Evaluate anti-air warfare tactics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Debriefing sessions are conducted in a positive and constructive manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information pertinent to the evaluation is gathered from all relevant sources and involved personnel. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Personnel involved are debriefed in accordance with established debriefing procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The evaluation report produced complies with format and content requirements and is forwarded to the appropriate authority via approved channels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Information relating to the evaluation is disseminated via approved channels to assist with refinement of equipment, responses and procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Debriefs are conducted to validate and/or contribute to the development of effective training evolutions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Marine Radar Performance Specifications.
  • Automatic Radar Plotting Aids Performance Specifications. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Anticipating and developing a response to threats from the air.
  • Reacting to unfolding air threats under combat condition.
  • Coordinating fighter defence with the ship's defence systems.
  • Evaluating anti-air warfare tactics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, and community during:
  • The anticipation and development of a response to threats from the air.
  • The reaction to unfolding air threats under combat condition.
  • The co-ordination of fighter defence with the ship's defence systems.
  • The evaluation of anti-air warfare tactics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when:
  • Anticipating and developing a response to threats from the air.
  • Reacting to unfolding air threats under combat condition.
  • Coordinating fighter defence with the ship's defence systems.
  • Evaluating anti-air warfare tactics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collecting, analysing, organising and critically evaluating information to better understand and explain:
  • The combat context.
  • Air defence doctrine. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion when:
  • Anticipating and developing a response to threats from the air.
  • Reacting to unfolding air threats under combat condition.
  • Coordinating fighter defence with the ship's defence systems.
  • Evaluating anti-air warfare tactics. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Using science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Anticipating and developing a response to air threats.
  • Reacting to unfolding air threats under combat conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  64129   National Certificate: Warship Operations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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