NATO phonetic alphabet or International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet


Published: 03/01/2013

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The NATO phonetic alphabet, more accurately known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet and also called the ICAO phonetic or ICAO spelling alphabet, as well as the ITU phonetic alphabet, is the most widely used spelling alphabet. Although often called "phonetic alphabets", spelling alphabets do not have any association with phonetic transcription systems, such as the International Phonetic Alphabet. Instead, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) alphabet assigned code words acrophonically to the letters of the English alphabet so that critical combinations of letters and numbers can be pronounced and understood by those who transmit and receive voice messages by radio or telephone regardless of their native language or the presence of transmission static.


 Some of the 26 words have altered pronunciations: Charlie can be spoken as either "char-lee" or "shar-lee" and Uniform as either "you-nee-form" or "oo-nee-form". Oscar is pronounced "oss-cah" and Victor as "vik-tah" without the 'r'. Papa is pronounced "Pa-PAH" with the accent on the second syllable instead of the first. The code word Quebec is pronounced as French "keh-beck". The ICAO and FAA use the standard number words of English (zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine) with four altered pronunciations (tree, fower, fife, niner), whereas the ITU and IMO use ten code words for numbers (nadazero, unaone, bissotwo, terrathree, kartefour, pantafive, soxisix, setteseven, octoeight, novenine).




The Nato Phonetic Alphabet, also sometimes referred to as Alpha Bravo Charlie.

A Alpha Al fah
B Bravo Brah Voh
C Charlie Char Lee
D Delta Dell Tah
E Echo Eck Oh
F Foxtrot Foks Trot
G Golf Golf
H Hotel Hoh Tell (FAA, IMO, ITU) Ho Tell (ICAO)
I India In Dee Ah
J Juliett Jew Lee Ett
K Kilo Key Loh
L Lima Lee Mah
M Mike Mike
N November No Vem Ber
O Oscar Oss Car
P Papa Pah Pah
Q Quebec Keh Beck
R Romeo Row Me Oh
S Sierra See Air Ah (FAA) See Air Rah (ICAO, IMO, ITU)
T Tango Tang Go
U Uniform You Nee Form
V Victor Vik Tah
W Whiskey Wiss Key
X X Ray Ecks Ray
Y Yankee Yang Key
Z Zulu Zoo Loo


Numbers (FAA, ICAO)

0 Zero Zee Row
1 One Wun
2 Two Too
3 Three Tree
4 Four Fow Er
5 Five Fife
6 Six Six
7 Seven Sev En
8 Eight Ait
9 Niner Nine Er


Numbers (IMO, ITU)

0 Nadazero Nah Dah Zee Row
1 Unaone Oo Nah Wun
2 Bissotwo Bees Soh Too
3 Terrathree Tay Rah Tree
4 Kartefour Kar Tay Fow Er
5 Pantafive Pan Tah Fife
6 Soxisix Sok See Six
7 Setteseven Say Tay Sev En
8 Oktoeight Ok Toh Ait
9 Noveniner No Vay Nine Er


  • FAA - Federal Aviation Administration
  • ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
  • IMO - International Maritime Organization
  • ITU - International Telecommunication Union