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Better training makes each round count. (Simulation Approach).

From simulated binoculars supplied by Davin Optronics in Britain to AAI's Howitzer strap-on training system (Hsot) in service with the US Army and Marine Corps, a wide variety of training aids is available to support artillery command and fire control systems.

Many have been designed for classroom use, but the portable Hsot electronic sensor kit enables up to eight self-propelled or towed howitzers to be trained in the field from a single instructor operator station (IOS). The IOS can be connected to a fire direction centre and a forward observer simulator to receive call-for-fire commands and hit results.

Forward observer artillery training is a speciality of CAE Military Simulation & Training, which beat tough international competition in 1999 to form Isdat Simulation, and now provides a `privatised' suite of training equipment in support of the Royal Malaysian School of Artillery. CAE has also supplied Britain's Royal School of Artillery with Warrior Observation Post Vehicle trainers to enable year-round, cost-effective training.

The Artillery Forward Observer Simulator (Alfors) produced by STN Atlas supports nine batteries with 72 guns in a classroom environment. The system can be networked to execute combined exercises up to division level. The Alfors is also used to provide stand-alone training through supporting instructor-controlled artillery fire.

Intrumentointi of Finland has developed the Tuksi battlefield visualization and decision-making for within the classroom. System applications include indirect fire control, direct fire control and gunnery. Supplied to the Finnish Army, the Tuksi features a virtual landscape generator, which produces a realistic dynamic presentation of terrain and targets.

Consolidation within Swiss industry brought together the expertise of Ruag Electronics and Sintro, which have collaborated with Van Halteren Metaal to produce a modular M-109 howitzer crew trainer. The COmbined arms Direct fire and ARtillery Training System (Codarts), also supplied by Ruag to the Swiss Army, provides a very high level of realism in its ability to determine the lethal effects of artillery and mortar fire during field exercises.

Back in the classroom, the Advanced Gunnery Training System (AGTS), which was developed by Lockheed Martin Information Systems, facilitates precision gunnery at both crew and platoon levels. System features include a high fidelity gunner handle, plus familiar switches, controls and aural cues. A deployable version using AGTS software can bring training up to platoon level in many operational theatres.
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Author:Walters, Brian
Publication:Armada International
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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