The Radar Intercept Officer (RIO) sits behind the pilot and manages the battlefield and mission execution.
Tasks of an RIO:
- Monitoring weapon status and weapon assignment
- Shooting BVR (beyond visual range) weapons
- Searching for other spacecraft and anomalies with the radar
- Scanning other spaceships for tactical analysis
- Handling radio communication
- Handling navigation equipment
- Handling electronic warfare and countermeasure equipment
- Observing the surroundings and spotting enemies
- Responsible for mission execution and organization
He does have access to the ship's controls only in case of emergency. While his basic training includes pilot training on small spacecraft and he is able to pilot and land a spaceship if needed, he does not have the experience with hands on flying like pilots do.
His advanced training focuses more on mission planning, battlefield management, navigation and communication skills. His job is to make sure the mission is executed as planned and that the pilot can fulfill his tasks.
Crew coordination between pilot and RIO is the most important factor to spaceship efficiency. When engaging in BVR combat, the RIO is thinking offensively, while the pilot is mainly defensively minded. As soon as the engagement enters the visual realm, the pilot will switch to an offensive mindset, while the RIO will take over the task to defend the spaceship with countermeasures and visual lookout.
Ships with a RIO seatEdit