This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word JATO
An auxiliary jet engine in a detachable unit that provides extra power for the takeoff of an aircraft
A takeoff assisted by such a unit
A RATO unit or RATO takeoff - a rocket assisted take-off
JATO is an acronym for jet assisted take off. It is a system for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets.
The term is used interchangeably with the term RATO, for Rocket-Assisted Take Off.