Digital computation and networking have also changed fire direction
and gun laying.
The paladins and M102 Howitzers share the same fire direction
center--the computer nerve center of the gun-line.
Powder temperature data was relayed to the fire direction
control center, which cranked that factor into their calculations for the elevations of our guns.
All battalion and higher FA units possess an organic Fire Direction
Center (FDC) or a Fire Control Element (FCE).
The fire direction
center (FDC) called over the radio "One-Two, you're primary.
The MFCS uses the same computers, displays and software in the tracked M577 fire direction
centre, the M1064 mortar carrier and the Stryker MCV-B.
The elements the forward observer (FO), the gun line, and the fire direction
center (FDC) require continual assessment of their respective complex individual and collective tasks to demonstrate technical proficiency and tactical awareness.
Upon graduation, he was drafted and trained in fire direction
control, a position where, he joked, he was able to use his trigonometry skills.
He also has good situational awareness gained through the communications that link him to the firing units, the fire direction
center, supporting indirect fire units, and the unit commander.