|Vehicle Fire Commands|
Vehicle Fire Commands are used by Vehicle Commanders (VCs) to command and control the firing of their vehicle's (direct-fire) weapon systems. The fire command coordinates the crew’s effort, reduces confusion, and helps the crew engage targets faster. With the current raise of interest in Steel Beasts and the increasing popularity and attendence in Max's Armor Crew Courses, I thought I would write up this brief introduction and printable reference sheet. I have tried to keep things as general as possible so that they can be applied in both ArmA and Steel Beasts and any vehicle.
The purpose of this thread is to provide a brief introduction into vehicle fire commands for use in both ArmA and Steel Beasts, by using the US Vehicle Fire Commands, as they are currently taught by UOTC for Armored Gunnery. This should allow those that haven't participated in Armored Crew training yet to prepare for training, and those that have participated to refresh knowledge.
Elements of the Fire Command
|1.||Alert||"GUNNER"||Alerts the entire crew that someone in the crew will be firing an engagement using the primary weapon, main gun or coax. Vehicles with only one primary firer may omit this element. It must be used when an alternate firer is directed to engage (loader, rear bank).|
|2.||Weapon or Ammunition||"SABOT"||Identifies the ammunition to fire, requiring the gunner to ensure the ammunition is properly indexed, and the loader (Abrams) what to load after the initial round is fired. Vehicles mounting single weapons may omit this element.|
|3.||Description||"TANK"||A clear and concise target description for the firer to identify. VC’s must use modifiers when multiple targets are presented.|
|4.||Direction||"THREE O’CLOCK"||This is required when the VC cannot lay the gun for direction (such as VC does not have the capability to move the turret to the target’s general direction, always the case in ArmA).|
|5.||Range or Elevation||"ONE-TWO-HUNDRED"||This is required when the firing platform’s fire control system does not provide the accurate range to target.|
|6.||Execution||"FIRE"||The VC is the ONLY crew member authorized to issue the command of execution. This cannot be delegated to the gunner.|
|7.||Termination||"CEASE FIRE"||ANY member of the crew can terminate an engagement.|
Here's an example of a standard fire command in a single target engagement:
"25 minutes of Fire Commands" during Live Fire Exercise:
Printable Reference Sheet
Download/Print the Reference Sheet here:
Vehicle Gunnery Fire Commands
Looking forward to any questions, comments, concerns or criticisms!