Precision Gunnery Training System

The Dragon PGTS includes one indoor training system and one outdoor training system. The Dragon gunnery trainer (DGT) is the indoor training system. It provides a means for precision gunnery training, practice, and qualification with the Dragon. The Dragon field tactical trainer (DFTT), the outdoor training system, provides a means for familiarization with the Dragon. (Appendix B and Appendix C discuss the DGT and DFTT, respectively.)

a. The realistic training offered by the Dragon PGTS allows units to achieve a high level of proficiency without firing live Dragons. Individual units are responsible for conducting sustainment training on the Dragon PGTS.

b. Soldiers can obtain instructional videotapes on the Dragon PGTS from training support centers (TSCs). Basic instructional fire (Firing Tables 1 through 4) is conducted on the DGT. These tables introduce new gunners to the basic gunnery skills required to engage targets with a Dragon. Firing Tables 5 and 6 are conducted in a simulated outdoor tactical situation using the DFTT. Firing Tables 7 and 8 are conducted on the indoor DGT. Firing Table 7 allows gunners to practice for qualification. If they score 16 out of 20 on Firing Table 8 (Table 3-1), gunners qualify on the Dragon. (Appendix D describes firing tables and provides examples of completed firing tables.)

FIRING TABLE NUMBER

PURPOSE OF FIRING TABLE

TRAINING DEVICE

PAGE IN MANUAL

1

Familiarization

DGT

D-1

2

3

4

5

Familiarization

DFTT

D-2

6

7

Practice for qualification

DGT

D-3

8

Qualification

(Hit 16 out of 20)

Table 3-1. Firing tables for Dragon training devices.

Table 3-1. Firing tables for Dragon training devices.

c. Train-the-Trainer Program. A successful Dragon training program requires well-trained NCOs who know and have confidence using both trainers. Each company should have at least one certified trainer. (Appendix A provides train-the-trainer tasks for both the DFTT and the DGT.)

3-2. DRAGON GUNNERY TRAINER

The DGT man-portable trainer simulates the Dragon guided missile system's sight(s), controls, switches, and indicators. (See Appendix B for a complete description of the DGT and its components.) Training programs selected by the training NCO display simulated battlefield scenes through the sight. These scenes include both enemy and friendly vehicle targets. The indoor, 110- or 220-volt AC Dragon gunnery trainer enables units to train personnel on the Dragon without a range or training area (Figure 3-1).

a. Role. Soldiers train on the DGT to—

• Assume the correct Dragon firing position.

• Identify targets.

• Determine engageability of targets.

• Engage targets (including tracking and firing).

b. Missions. Matched sets of videodiscs and floppy (data) disks provide a library of missions. Each disk set contains 30 missions of various lengths plus learning objectives. Each mission applies to both daysight and nightsight viewing.

c. Target Options. The DGT allows the trainer to adjust the difficulty of the scenario to the shooter's skill. To do this, trainers can—

• Change the target kill zone.

• Change the obscuration.

• Vary the amount of weight the system loses after a round is fired.

• Select multiple or moving targets.

Figure 3-1. Dragon gunnery trainer.

d. Feedback. The DGT enables the trainer to provide visual feedback to the firer in either of two ways. He can replay the mission on video, or he can print out two views (from the top and side) of the actual mission. Both show horizontal and vertical tracking errors and the firer's score. Figure 3-2 shows the instructor's console.

Figure 3-2. Instructor's console, Dragon gunnery trainer.

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