Tactical Air Navigation Aid Beacon

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  • TACAN

Definition

A military Ultra High Frequency (UHF) radio navigation service able to provide continuous bearing and Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) distance to a selected station.

Definition Source

Aeronautical Information Feature Data Dictionary (AIFDD)

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A navigation system developed by military and naval forces providing, as far as the navigating pilot is concerned and for suitably equipped aircraft, the same indication as a VOR/DME system. DME Distance is defined as the line of sight distance (slant range) from the source of a DME signal to the receiving antenna.