Published on November 7, 2007
THE FIRE COMMAND: THE FIRE COMMAND ALERT TYPE OF MISSILE TARGET DESCRIPTION TARGET DIRECTION (LOCATION) RANGE EXECUTION ALERT: ALERT First Element of the Fire Command. Alerts the crew for an immediate engagement of a target. The squad leader will use the command of “SQUAD” as the alert command. Squad Leader: “SQUAD”. Crew: “SQUAD”. TYPE OF MISSILE: TYPE OF MISSILE Squad leader specifies which type missile he wants fired. Squad Leader: “TOW TWO BRAVO MISSILE” Crew: “TOW TWO BRAVO MISSILE” Gunner: Continues to Observe the target using the naked eye. Loader: Loads the correct missile. Faces to the rear and monitors the backblast area. Gunner: Unlocks the weapon system after the missile is loaded, then observes the target area using the applicable sight. TARGET DESCRIPTION: TARGET DESCRIPTION Describes the type of target to the gunner. If several targets are present-it tells the gunner which one to engage. Squad leader will give the target description as follows: TARGET ANNOUNCED AS Any tank or tank-like vehicle TANK Several Tanks TANK FORMATION Any unarmored vehicle TRUCK Any half-track or APC TRACK Helicopters CHOPPER All fixed-wing aircraft PLANE Personnel Troops Any machine gun MACHINE GUN Any Antitank gun or towed artillery ANTITANK Any other target Short description TARGET DIRECTION (LOCATION): TARGET DIRECTION (LOCATION) If Moving Target- Direction of Movement is also given. Example: TANK MOVING EAST Other Methods Are: Target Reference Point (TRP) Prominent Features Direction of Target Movement Towards or Away from TRP Any Combination of the Above RANGE: RANGE Squad Leader determines range using naked eye, binoculars, maps, or range cards. Crew will acknowledge commands. Example: SL “ONE TANK WEST OF TRP ALPHA ONE “ CREW “ONE TANK WEST OF TRP ALPHA ONE” SL “TWO THOUSAND METERS” CREW “TWO THOUSAND METERS” Gunner scans the target area until he can see and identify the target. When he identifies it, he announces, “IDENTIFIED” and continues to track the target. If gunner cannot see the target, he announces “LOST” and continues to scan the target. If the gunner cannot identify the target, he annouinces “CANNOT IDENTIFY” and continues to track the target. If the target is not engageable, he announces “NOT ENGAGEABLE” and continues to track the target. EXECUTION: EXECUTION The execution command is in two parts: Preparatory Command is “AT MY COMMAND” This warns the gunner not to fire until given the Command of Execution. The command of execution is “FIRE” EXAMPLE: SL “AT MY COMMAND” Crew “AT YOUR COMMAND” Gunner Raises the trigger cover, prepares to fire the missile. SL “FIRE” Gunner Presses the trigger to fire the missile. ADDITIONAL COMMANDS: ADDITIONAL COMMANDS In addition to the 6 elements of the fire command, some other commands are needed. The SL uses these other commands for directing the crew after seeing the missile impact on a target or when he wants to cease firing. To tell the crew to stay in position and engage another target immediately or when one appears, the SL announces “CEASE TRACKING”. To tell the crew to pack and move to another position the SL announces “CEASE TRACKING, OUT OF ACTION” Depending on the situation, the gunner announces, “IDENTIFIED LOST”, “CANNOT IDENTIFY”, or “NOT ENGAGEABLE” The Loader announces “BACKBLAST AREA CLEAR, ARMING LEVER UP” before the execution element is given. REPEATING COMMANDS: REPEATING COMMANDS When a crew member fails to hear or understand any element of the fire command, he announces the element in question so the SL can repeat it. EXAMPLE: SL “ONE TANK WEST OF TRP ALPHA ONE” Gunner “DIRECTION?” SL “WEST OF TRP ALPHA ONE” Crew “ONE TANK WEST OF TRP ALPHA ONE” CORRECTING ERRORS: CORRECTING ERRORS To correct an error in the fire command, the SL announces “CORRECTION” and corrects only the element in error. He then completes the command by announcing all elements following the correction. If the SL omits an element, he announces “CORRECTION” and then the omitted element. After announcing the ommitted element, he then completes the command.